One of the very best parts about this title of “Mama” is that it envelops us all completely. We spend countless hours feeding and changing, rocking and comforting, playing and teaching, cleaning and creating. All in an attempt to earn those unchecked, gurgling laughs and bright eyed toothless grins from our favorite little humans.
This all encompassing love also has some side effects. It can feel overwhelming, isolating, tedious and confusing. I often find myself longing for connection, for adult conversation, for someone to talk to who doesn’t live inside the structured bubble I’ve worked so hard to build in my home.
I don’t think that’s unique to me, either. I think we all feel it on some level, that’s why we plan park trips and zoo dates. Why else would any of us spend approximately 1827328 minutes packing a bag for the pool only to pack it back up again when the inevitable nap time hour rolls around and the baby turns into a tiny terrorist?
In lieu of recent events, those opportunities to interact and escape my bubble have halted entirely. I have found myself spending HOURS more than I normally would scrolling through social media to see how everyone else in the whole wide world is coping! Surprise, they’re not.
In some ways it has made me feel less alone to see you all going through the same stress and concern. Here we are, Moms everywhere, with our weary eyes and worried hearts, putting on brave faces for our kids. Trying to present a place of safety and calm through the chaos.
Maybe your days are becoming monotonous and the hours seem to drag on as you wait for a sign of good news. Maybe you’re trying to navigate multiple homework schedules and unfamiliar online programs. Maybe you’re attempting to work a full time job from home to support your children as you simultaneously try to give them as much of you as possible. Maybe you’re brand new to this with a fresh babe in arms, scared out of your mind about what kind of world you’ve just brought them into.
Whatever your story looks like right now, I see you. I pray for you. I ache with you. And I want to remind you to remember you need to feel peace, too. I think in an effort to provide solidarity, we forget what it does to our mental state to fill our brains with only negative news. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past few weeks, it is this:
Sometimes, we need to disconnect in order to connect with ourselves.
So here’s the challenge: use this isolation period to assess; what do YOU need? What makes YOU feel safe and content?
Do you need to clear out the rubber duckies and sink into a warm bath every night? Do you need to get outside and move your body, even if it’s only a slow walk to get some fresh air? Do you need to write down all the things you’re feeling just to get them off your chest, with a really really soft blanket and a nearby can of Dr. Pepper? Do it!
We can and will get through this! Before we know it, we’ll be trying to figure out how in the hell we’re going to shimmy out of our wet swimsuits while holding the baby and keeping all the towels off the disgusting public pool floor again!!
I support you, I champion you, I hope your weary eyes may be lifted up with visions of your children laughing and singing songs from Frozen 2 over and over… and over again. I hope your worried hearts will be carried by the prayers and pleading of the millions of mothers around the world who are fighting for peace with you.
Abbie Jensen was born and raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She married her high school sweetheart and considers herself the luckiest girl in the world to be loved by him. She is a licensed Medical Esthetician and personal assistant for a marketing company. But she spends most of her time with her almost 1 year old baby girl who is by far, her favorite part of her. She loves Pride and Prejudice, podcasts, Sodalicious, and writing in her journal when she remembers that it exists twice a year. She is a recovering people pleaser and a terrible cook! She’s thrilled to be joining the Mamahood team and honored to be part of this group of strong women! Find her on Instagram @abs_jensen
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