So, I made my way to my local food store to get my usual stash of precooked and easy to assemble meals. Yes, I am yet to learn to cook from scratch – but there’s been a lot on my plate lately (note the play on words – my dexterity with words seems not to suffer from sleep deprivation!). I had just popped on my gym kit (I had NO intention of actually going to gym, but it was lying on the top of my semi-clean clothing) and tied my hair into a semi top knot (glad this became a trend as it’s the ultimate mom hairstyle). I had on no make-up and was actually feeling relatively confident that I had things under control and looked like a healthy functioning member of society. I grabbed a trolley and started my expedition down the aisles. Halfway through, a fellow packing the shelves volunteered his opinion, “No offence, but wow, you look really, really tired.” I was taken aback at his comment for two reasons. Firstly, most times, people actually say hello first before launching into an unwanted opinion. And secondly, when did we become so familiar?
I wanted to launch into a full steam verbal onslaught, but politely smiled and said, “Thank you.” Yes, motherhood is tiring – even with support. And MOST statements started with “No offence” DO offend! To all the moms out there who have been told they look “tired” – yes, you might look tired, but you’re doing a brilliant job at raising a little human being. That “job” does require long hours and makes the notion of 8 continuous hours of sleep a distant memory. Even when my son does sleep uninterruptedly, I find myself checking the monitor or creeping up to his cot to check that he is breathing 🙂 Take a deep breath. Or as they say in Afrikaans – “Kyk noord, #&*@$ voort ;-)” I’ve heard it gets easier. But, I’m calling in a sleep trainer … just in case. Please do share your story below on sleep deprivation or any other anecdote on parenting. 🙂
Oh and for laughs, a friend sent me this link to a music video for moms 😉
And while we’re on the subject of cute videos about parenting – check out this link too.