Sometimes I have those days. Those days when I feel like curling up in a ball and crying. Those days when both kids are crying at once because they both want to be fed (pretty much impossible when you’re nursing one of them), when Bammer is drinking toilet water, when Lowie won’t let me put her down, when Bammer dumps all the crayons on the floor and tries to eat them, or she tries to step on Lowie, or Lowie has a blow out right when you are about to leave. Yeah those days…
At the end of the day when both girls are in bed, I sit on the couch just exhausted! But one of the most important and essential things about being a mom is being optimistic. It can be really hard, and I’m still learning, but here are some ways that help me get through those days.
Gratitude Journal. Every night at 9pm, my phone reminds me to write in my journal. I use the My Wonderful Days app and start each journal entry with “Today I’m grateful for…” It really helps me look through the day and no matter how miserable it was, to find something that I’m grateful for.
Talk It Out. It really helps when Alan gets home to talk to him about my day and just have 1) adult conversation and 2) a listening ear. He’s great at just saying that he’s sorry I had such a hard day, that I’m still a great mom, and hugs me which helps me feel so much better.
Me Time. When the girls are in bed, I just take some time to do something I want to do – blog, read, craft, bake, etc. Something that I enjoy and that I can do by myself. If I get some time to be alone, it helps me relax and clear my head.
Pray. Pray a lot. I pray for a better day tomorrow, for more patience, greater love for my children, and inspiration to be a better mom throughout the day.
I read a quote recently by President Monson and he said, “Life by the yard is hard, by the inch it’s a cinch.” It’s important to remember that tomorrow is a new day and has the potential to be so much better than the day before. And I’ve learned, it often is.
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