To the casual onlooker, I probably don’t look like much of a success right now. I’m wearing the same tee I had on yesterday and while I’ve never had a lengthy grooming process, I’ve taken the term “low maintenance” to new heights.
Actually, I don’t feel all that successful right now either. Our super content baby has turned fussy. She’s peaceful and still if she’s upright and snuggled against me, but she immediately starts crying if I try to put her down beside me so I can squeeze in some shut-eye. Poor thing is refluxing and can’t handle my super soakers (I’ve always made way too much milk for my babies. Since I’m not a horse and can’t figure out how to sleep standing up, I’m catching a lot less than 40 winks. My dearth of sleep has forced me to utter three terrifying words to a Type-Aer like me: I need help. That’s my biggest success for the week – just admitting I can’t do this alone and that needing help isn’t a sign of weakness. It just means I’m human.
Without further ado, three more successes I’m celebrating this week:
1. Speaking of needing help, one of my best friends called me yesterday and asked if she could come over and play with the older girls so I could try to get some sleep. I waffled. I resisted. Then I finally accepted her offer and reminded myself that even superheroes need sidekicks. Although I wasn’t able to nap during the visit because the baby needed her mama, I felt refreshed nonetheless. I also felt incredibly fortunate to have a friend like her in my life. Later my mother-in-law asked if I needed her to swing by after work. I suppose saying yes is getting easier because I jumped at the opportunity to have more helping hands, and this time I was able to snooze for about an hour. Pure bliss.
2. I’m typing this post while nursing a baby. Multitasking at its finest.
3. The girls and I made it to weekly Mass once in the past week, and I went to confession on Saturday. As tired as I am, I know I need to tank up on Christ right now or I’ll really be running on empty.
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