The prompt for this week is…
For all the new moms out there, as you are facing sleep deprivation, tears (yours and the baby’s), raging hormones, and the end of your social life as you knew it… know that you are not alone. There will be many lonely nights when you feel like you and the little human being who won’t stop wailing are the only ones in the whole world who are awake. There will be even lonelier days when you will feel like a prisoner in your own home, with a tiny little warden who now dictates your daily schedule based on his own needs. You may feel guilty that the company of this adorable little baby is sometimes just not enough. Your life may have been turned upside down and you may feel like you’re the only mother in the history of mothering to ever have these feelings, but you’re not. You’re not the only mother who has spent all day in her pajamas because really, why bother when it’s just going to be covered in spit up and drool anyway. You’re not the only mother to give in to the immediate gratification of a cup of coffee even though you know you’ll pay for it later. These may be lonely days, but you’re definitely not alone. There are millions of mothers out there just like you. And when you’re ready to tie your hair back, to grab that diaper bag, and to get out there, they will be there waiting for you, sitting on the bench at the park or next to you at the library story time. You will discover a whole new sisterhood of friends that you can share battle stories with and hopefully in place of those lonely days will be life back to a new kind of normal.