This is an image of a mother and her toddler in an article on the challenges and rewards of motherhood by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
motherhood, parenting

Tired & Sleepy? – I See You

Before becoming a mother, I often wondered why my friends with young children seemed to hesitate when I proposed certain plans – plans that required them to step out of home with their tiny tots.

Most of them thought twice before committing to any activity.

I thought they were being overly fussy and making a big deal of nothing.

However, now that I am also a mom to two children, I am able to empathise with all moms and dads.

In hindsight, it feels like my son was easy to care for (it didn’t feel so when he was little!). He relished any meal we whipped up for him and slept soundly through most nights. I didn’t realise what huge blessings those were until my daughter arrived!

My little Miss is a picky eater and a light sleeper.

She is a toddler now. Yet she awakens at odd hours of the night and ensures all of us are up with her as well!

As a result, I always feel like I am sleep-deprived and snooze frequently through the day.

And when someone proposes an outdoor activity, I hesitate too.

Outings for a couple of hours within the city feel manageable. But if it requires that we travel with food, milk, a pile of clothes, and an energetic toddler, my body begins to ache even before the trip!

The thought of going on holiday and not being able to enjoy quality sleep feels challenging.

I’d rather enjoy time with my little angel in the comfort of home.

I know this is a temporary phase and nights of restful sleep will soon be reality again!

However, I do now completely understand the challenges faced by many mothers and fathers of young children.

I see you ALL.

I know how it feels.

And I’m sorry I didn’t understand .your challenges back then.

Now your children must be more independent and you are most certainly sleeping well through the nights.

I will be there soon too. Hopefully by next year!

Meanwhile, let me make the most of the rewarding aspects of the younger years – playfulness, innocence, hugs, cuddles, and the privilege of Mama being the centre a a child’s world!

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