Friday, December 02, 2011


My Bible study friends will all laugh at this post because for the last few years (basically since my first child was born) my standard response to "How are you?" has been "Tired".

I guess I was just trying to be honest and I didn't even realize I was doing it until one of them asked me and then said, "No, wait, you're tired."  Whoops!  Maybe overdoing it a bit on the being honest bit!

But to be honest, I'm not sure I've ever been as consistently tired as these past few months.  Some days I take a nap, other days I don't.  Those days are usually not as pretty as the nap days.

In the midst of my tired I'm not sure I like myself.  When I'm tired, and especially when I've tried to take a nap or go to bed early and been thwarted by things outside of my control (see: 2 children) I get really grouchy.

Eventually I don't like my grouchy self, especially when it makes my children grouchy.  I feel like a really bad, really tired mom.

I'm not sure there's a solution to this tired problem, and I'm afraid it's probably only going to get worse for a few years before it gets better (please tell me it will get better!).  I am attempting to be more intentional with my time, make lists, and quit procrastinating.

But if you ask me how I'm doing tomorrow?  I'll probably still tell you I'm tired.  Or at the very least if I don't say it out loud, I'll be saying it in my head!

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  1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I see a baby tracker...if you are pregnant then you have every right to be tired, all the time! Naps are good. I have found a few things to help me manage my tired. Exercise (even just a walk) gives me more energy and helps me feel better in a variety of ways. Water has also helped me a lot! I hope you get lots of opportunities to get a bit of rest. But yes, it seems "tired" is a common theme of Motherhood. :) Take care!

  2. Krista-

    As a mama of 8, I don't know that you ever get a whole lot less tired. The tired does change, even if it doesn't get better it no longer seems quite so overwhelming... Maybe you get used to - or forget - those days before, where it seemed you had so much more energy?

    What has helped me most is learning to accept, give and rely on God's grace... mama tired-ness has given me the opportunity to practice this - and I'm growing ever thankful to God for lessons such as this, that continually remind me how much I can't - when it is me doing, yet with Him, all that is important is possible.

    As we say here, "du courage!"

    Thank you for your honesty and transparency.

  3. Beautiful, authentic post. It makes me smile. Before you think I'm crazy - I have to say I smile because I remember those tired days well. As I just sent my baby off to college, oh how I'd love to have a snippet of those tired days back. Tired, but oh so sweet, challenging, precious, and incredible. Bless you sweet friend.

  4. Its funny because I forgot about saying that to everyone when I had babies! I figured that I looked it, so I might as well let em know it was true. It DOES get better. Now my three kids are pretty self suficiant..still crazy.... but able to make their own food, whipe their own bums, etc etc etc. You'll make it!

  5. I totally understand and spent many years tired while my kids were young. Now i am old and tired!! :) Actually not so much any more. Hang in there. one day your kids will be grown and gone, like mine, and you will have energy again!

  6. I've been very tired too. Unusually tired. But perhaps that's the nature of being pregnant with baby #3? (And, in your case, babies #3 and #4). ;)

  7. Things change when your youngest gets to be about 3 1/2 to 4. Babies are so wonderful and snuggly, but so very hands on. Now I can actually send all 3 boys outside to play in our fenced yard and they can last a good 15 minutes before they try to escape the yard and have to come inside due to disobedience. Things change but count the moment by moment successes. Pray the moment by moment prayers and I like to hold onto each time I was patient and tell God thanks for a "good Mom" moment. And you know my boys usually forgive me when I confess to being grumpy and ask their forgiveness. So good.


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