Je Suis Fatigué

You know you’re tired when

  • You find yourself nodding off while stopped at a red light
  • You fall asleep at work in the middle of writing something and it’s only 9 am
  • You fall asleep while pumping your milk
  • You realize that even if you taped your eyes open you would probably go to sleep anyway

Each weekday I wake up earlier than I want to and go to sleep later than I should. I have a 40-minute commute to work and I drop off and pick up Baby E everyday from the babysitter’s place. It’s usually just after dawn when I leave home and well after dusk when I finally return. When I get home I need to prepare Baby E’s and my things for the next day which usually involves ironing, soaking and washing. In addition to nursing Baby E I’ve been needing to add some more pumping sessions at home because lately he’s drinking more than what I’ve been pumping and my freezer stash of milk is gone. This is not impossible to do but if Baby E is fussy or not willing to sleep it becomes more difficult and frustrating. Oh, and supposedly I’m the one who’s in charge of making or obtaining dinner.

Something’s gotta change.

So far, I’ve decided to start using a slow cooker so that dinner’s ready by the time I make it home. I’m also going to delegate the task of packing the diaper bag to the hubby. He’s already in charge of baths but he can do more. I’ve been eating oatmeal and now started on fenugreek to boost my milk supply. I also need to work harder at making sure I get at least three pumping sessions at work.

How do you moms make it work so that you keep your sanity and not end up throwing a shoe at your parenting partner’s head or wrecking your car on your way home from work?


Posted on November 8, 2009, in New mommyhood, Working mom and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You poor thing 😦 Crockpot meals are definitely a timesaver – I personally make extra of any crockpot meal and save half for a day I don’t have time to cook.

    What about getting an extra diaper bag (or 2) so you can have off days from packing it? (Aside from breastmilk and anything perishable, obviously)

    A weekly menu does wonders to free up the daily drama of “what’s for dinner tonight” – and that way maybe your husband can feel a little more confident to fix something too. Start him off with something easy and empowering 🙂

    I admire mamas who can juggle so many things, I hope things get easier with time!

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