That's what I hear when people tell me I look tired. I hear "you look like crap". Because I know I do. I just don't need other people to tell me that. One lady at work tells me every day when I walk in the door. This morning, I actually told her to stop saying it because I'm always tired and don't need to hear it from her every day.
I wish I wasn't so tired all the time, but I have a 17 month old baby who, when awake, is moving. I get up every day at 5:30, get myself ready for work then get Vaughn up and ready to go to dayhome. I drive 25 minutes to the office, fighting in rush hour traffic. I work a full day, take 35-40 minutes to get home, pick Vaughn up from dayhome, make dinner, play with Vaughn, bath Vaughn, get him ready for bed and then at 7:30 try to relax for a few hours before I go to bed at 9:30 for what will probably be a crappy night's sleep. Vaughn may or may not get up in the middle of the night for what I call a "soother rejam". Regardless of whether he's up for 30 seconds or 30 minutes I still hear him, I still wake up and I still can't get back to sleep.
Now, some, if not most of you, will say "Where's Tim in all of this? Why doesn't he help?" Good question. I have no idea. I'm sick of asking for help and not getting it. Why should I even have to ask? Why shouldn't it just be offered?
Last weekend, I was supposed to get to sleep in both days and ended up getting up both days with Vaughn at 6AM. At what point do I just let my baby cry until Tim decides to be a father and get up to deal with him? I can't just let him cry, I'm his mother and it's not right to make him suffer for me to prove a point.
I'm tired. I look like crap 90% of the time. And from what I hear, it's common among women - we do most of the work with the kids. I wouldn't mind so much if I felt like I was appreciated or did a get a chance to sleep in. That is why I like going on business trips, it forces Tim to take responsibility and do it. I know he can do it, why he doesn't on a regular basis blows my mind. If anything, you would think he would do it for me, knowing how tired I am.
I just wish we as mothers got more recognition for the work we do. I work full time and am a mother. Other mothers I know are tired all the time too. We do it because we love our families. We do it because we know it needs to be done. I just wish the men in our lives would appreciate us a little more.
I know some guys reading this are going to say "whoa, I do all that, I'm a big help". If you are, then you are certainly the minority. And good for you. Go help yourself to a cookie. I'm talking about me and my situation here and it ain't all sunshine and roses.
One step I have taken in what I think is the right direction is that instead of asking if I can go do things, I am telling Tim I'm doing things. And this weekend, I'm going for a mani/pedi/massage on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully I'll get to relax a little and won't be such a raging b*tch when I come home. Happy wife, happy life, yes?
So next time you feel like you want to tell someone they look tired, please don't. Chances are they know, and chances are they will hear "you look like crap" and nobody wants to hear that. And before you tell me to make Tim start doing things because you're so perfect and you have such a perfect life, know that it's easier said than done, know that I'm trying but it's 2 steps forward, 1 step back. He does a lot of things right, but when it comes to raising this child of ours, many days I feel like I'm in it alone.
Am I complaining? Yes, today I am. Because I'm tired.