10 Reasons Moms Look Exhausted All The Time

“You look tired” is one of the rudest sentences in the English language. Unless it’s followed up by, “Lie down on this deck chair while I mind your children and straighten up your house,” there is no need to point out the obvious.

before after tired

Of course I look tired – I’m a mom! Here are just some of the reasons:

1. No matter how beat I am, falling asleep takes two hours because of this ticker in my head: “Did I turn off the oven? Lock the door? Drain the bath? Is dry drowning a real thing? Did her head feel warm when I kissed her goodnight? Are we out of milk?” It’s endless.

2. When I do fall asleep, there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be awakened by an eerily silent child five inches from my face, just staring at me.

3. Even God had a day of rest. Not Mom.

4. Until they invent a single cosmetic product that can cover dark circles, brighten eyes, define cheekbones and extend lashes, my beauty routine is getting my hair (most of it) into a ponytail. It’s a look.

5. I’ll cover my kid in 50 SPF head to toe for a trip to the supermarket but go weeks without dabbing a little moisturizer on my crow’s feet. Haven’t really nailed that whole “self care” thing yet.

6. Every question I answer starts with “Why?” “Can I?” or “Give me.” They could use this technique at Guantanamo—more effective than water boarding! And exhausting.

7. Disney movies: they seem like a great idea until somebody has an Ursula the Sea Witch nightmare and climbs into bed and plants herself on top of you.

8. My toddler’s favorite way to play is to dump every toy she owns into a huge pile on the floor. The second I’ve tidied up, she does it again. Sometimes I think I’ll pass out under the toy pile and not be found until someone needs a snack…so, like, five minutes later.

9. Carrying a flailing, tantrumming, 30-pound-toddler plus a giant bag of sand toys is not just exhausting–it should be an event in the Decathlon.

10. Being responsible for a little person’s health, safety, well-being, nutrition, education and self esteem weighs on me heavily, and really makes me Zzzzzzzzz…What? Sorry. What was I saying? Oh yeah, it’s tiring.

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  1. Posted August 4, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I guess the question is – was that selfie before or after marriage? – you can also write about whether you feel more or less tired as a married mom! :)

    I am so glad you posted that selfie – I scare myself awake every morning – stumbling into the bathroom, look in the mirror – and…. I am awake!

    • Posted August 4, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Ha! Thanks for the support. I took that selfie last week after my daughter kept me up all night wiggling around in my bed (long after my new HUSBAND had evaculated himself to her twin bed). The fun never stops, no?

  2. Posted August 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Yep, all true! I can especially relate to dragging a screaming toddler (times two in our home!) from the park while lugging all their park toys. I wish there was a magic trick to not looking exhausted!
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    • Posted August 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      When I have time, washing my face in super cold water seems to help a ton. Come to think of it, throwing some super cold water on the toddlers could help too :)

  3. Lisa
    Posted August 30, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    The flippant comment about Guantanamo was unnecessary and points out that (in that regard, at least), you know not that of which you speak.

    As to the rest, it comes down to choices. Many of your blog posts mention your daughter’s sugar highs. You are the adult in the relationship and are responsible for them (and the resultant crash).