Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Being a mom is hard work

I know. Everyone tells you how hard it is to be a parent. They tell you and you may even listen, but you don't fully comprehend how hard it is until you experience it. You underestimate the exhaustion. You underestimate how much a newborn needs you. You underestimate how hard it is to do other things like throw laundry in the drier.

Breastfeeding is hard work. I used to silently judge those who gave up just because it was hard. I now understand why so many people give up on it. We are currently dealing with mastitis and thrush. We're not giving up, but it would be so easy to. I can understand. The exhaustion. The pain. All the medication. It's frustrating. Luckily, through it all, she's still nursing well. So I'm hanging in there for my little chunky cheeks.

Bathing her is hard work. There are so many cute rolls and folds to try to get in. While she's screaming and slippery. Then trying to dry her, while she's screaming. Not as easy as you think.

The constant diaper changes are hard. This diaper rash that we can't seem to get to go away. We've tried everything you can imagine. It's hard on your heart. You hate to see your little munchkin in pain. You hate that you can't make it better no matter what you try or how often you change her.

Sleeping is hard. You think a few 3 hour stretches is plenty. It's not. Especially when you're up for an hour in between those stretches.

Being remotely functioning before noon is hard work. With feeding and diaper changing and just trying to get the day going, I'm lucky if I've showered and gotten out of my pajamas by 1pm most days.

I look in those beautiful little eyes and I know it's all worth it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's hard. Really hard.


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Kara said...

I'm not sure if you've tried this for diaper rash, but a friend of mine swears by browned flour. Not sure how you make it, but I bet you could google it!

Sonya said...

Mommy hood is hard! I am still not used to all that and Lauren is 3! And we added another one in the mix. :) it is all worth it though. Breastfeeding is very hard. For something that is natural it sure doesn't come natural. Hang in there though! I still hate the fact I had to stop nursing Colton.

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of Triple Paste for diaper rashes. Since you are cloth diapering, have you tried to strip the diapers? Also, when my little one had a rash that wouldn't leave her bottom, her pedi eventually said it was a yeast infection and Nystatin healed it right up.

Kacie said...

I have no idea what you are talking about but I thoroughly enjoy hearing the 'realness' of it all and not the sugar coating. All parents love their children but it's not always roses. Thank you for those of us that haven't experienced it, yet! I know you can do it :)