There’s no doubt about it, motherhood provides moments of pure joy. It can also be exhausting, monotonous and stressful. Add the lack of sleep, fluctuating hormones and the massive changes - said to cause stress even if it involves something we wanted - and this perfect storm requires some coping mechanisms.
It’s the end of another long day.
It feels like you’ve fed your baby a million times, changed a hundred diapers and walked a thousand steps with a little one in your arms. You’ve washed a basket of tiny clothes and loaded a huge pile of dishes into the dishwasher. You’re ready to put this sweet, demanding bundle into the arms of someone who can take over the gentle bouncing and swaying, with a voice who can shush and soothe, who wears a smile that says, “I’ve got this. You go rest.”
And then, the call. “Honey, I’ll be a little late.”
Your little one starts to cry and you cry right along with him.