Motherhood isn’t all Giggles & Cuddles!
There…. I said it!
Yes, you have a tiny one to cuddle and play silly with all day, but motherhood is beyond that. While you bask in the endless baby talks and the sweet baby scent, you realize gradually that you are solely responsible for the well-being of this little one too. And just when you ‘think’ you have it all figured and sorted out, the challenges change.
The worst part is that there is no rule book to follow, no sage advice to guide you, and no precedence to look up to for a solution.
Is motherhood easy? Well, just yesterday morning, I was crying a bucketful of tears and only wanted to go somewhere far away. Somewhere where there’d be no one to calling out ‘Mumma’ every fraction of a second!
So, yes, motherhood is challenging! A few ways I cope, rather try to!
P.S: I’m almost always near the brim just about to sink in and yet managing to stay afloat!
- Breathe! Yes. B……..r……..e………a……..t………h……….e…………..
- Celebrate little moments. Your baby burped quickly? Dance a bit. Self-fed without much mess? Do a little gig. Pooped in the potty seat? Now that calls for a big celebration!!! Rejoice. Celebrate. Smile. Laugh.
- Make yourself a hot cup of chocolate milk or coffee on the night your baby sleeps on time! Don’t worry; we mommies need more caffeine than that to drive away our sleep.
- Focus, prioritize and leave what’s not humanly possible. Period. Let people think. Let them judge. You are doing your best and you need not prove it all the time. The laundry can wait and so can the endless cupboards that need dusting.
- Delegate work. Hire help wherever possible. Gives you a little more time from the same 24 hours.
- Look for support. Seek help. Online or offline…doesn’t matter. Meet old friends and make new ones. Though I can’t brag to have an awesome social life, so to say, I do have an extremely strong network of mothers who are my soul sisters now. Not a day can pass without their love and support!
- Nurture a hobby or that long forgotten passion. Not that you’ll find the time to do it seriously enough, but a few moments away (mentally) do work. For me, it’s writing and reading.
- Put on the music. It helps. It distracts. It changes the mood. And doesn’t obstruct your work either.
- Shut your eyes for a few moments every few hours. Even 30 seconds help.
- Most importantly, love yourself. Get up. Take a shower. Get dressed, even if that just means putting on a pair of washed Pj’s and tee. Brush your hair. Put on some moisturizer or even some kohl or kajal. And give that beautiful woman in the mirror a good admiring look every day.
Be easy on yourself. Yes, you are a mommy. Not a superwoman. That’s another thing that your little one(s) see a cape and a halo around you!
Motherhood is beautiful and equally taxing and nerve-wrecking. Every morning, I brace myself for yet another day. But then, I remind myself that the days may be long while the years are too short. And these little cuddly babies grow up just too soon.
Love them with all your being, but don’t lose yourself in the process 🙂
Neha Kapoor Anand