I often write about how parenting is the most rewarding and the bravest job I have ever done, though I neglect to mention it is the most exhausting job I’ve ever had.
If you are planning to become a mother, you’ll want to pay close attention to what I’ve written. If you’re already a mother, please tell me you agree!
When you’re pregnant, people will warn you that you’ll be tired when the baby comes. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll be exhausted because the baby never leaves. Sure, your infant will become a toddler and you’ll leave him with his grandparents for an hour or two for a “date night” with your husband. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll be thinking about that sweet boy the whole time you’re out. Don’t worry, all you and your husband will talk about is that sweet boy.
After the endless ‘why’s’ and ‘how comes’ of toddlerhood, you’ll be the proud mommy of a preschooler. You’ll send her off to school for a few hours a day. You’ll cry because she’ll wave and run to see her friends. You’ll go home, and you’ll spend your “free time” wondering if she is okay and if she misses you. Don’t worry, when you pick her up, she’ll have the biggest smile and a huge squeezey hug, too.
The day will come that he’ll be a big kid – ready for the school bus and kindergarten. You’ll proudly watch as he boards the bus, waving from his seat. You’ll go home and sit on the couch wondering where the last five years went. You’ll cry a little, or a lot. You’ll continue to use that “free time” you once had to think about what he’s doing, if his teacher helped him find the bathroom, and whether or not he ate his snack. Don’t worry, when he gets off that bus, he’ll still have his big smile and a full belly.
Parenting is the most exhausting job you’ll ever have because even when you’re not working your thoughts are consumed by your employer.
Has parenting been the most exhausting job you’ve ever done?
This post was written as part of BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo January 2013 challenge. Today’s prompt was “Talk about a time when you used up an extraordinary amount of energy and were exhausted.” Sign ups to participate in this month’s Blog Roll are closed. You can still check out the participating bloggers and the daily prompts. Daily writing prompts can often become a great source of inspiration and encourage you to write about things you haven’t previously explored.