Saturday, November 27, 2010

This Goes Out To You

This has been a very trying week and I'm so glad it's over! Whew! *wipes forehead*

I was so sick -- fever, dizzy spells, cough, sore throat, that overall and awful feeling of aches and pains. It was brutal. I finally began feeling a little better on Thanksgiving, and today I feel almost 100% better. Being sick sucks. Being a single mom who's sick... sucks big time.

Being sick this week brought me back to a couple weeks ago -- smack in the middle of October -- when I was overworked, overwhelmed, and over-exhausted with school, work, motherhood, everything.

I usually try to do everything that I do gracefully, and this time was no exception. But trying to get through 5 classes of midterms and papers and an MA project oh my! -- all while trying to stay safe and sane as a single mom and help my Aiden make sense of his world was hectic. And not at all easy.

At one point during the madness, I felt like I was going to have a breakdown. I was so totally and completely tired. It's insane what sleep deprivation can do to ya! At that point, I was not functioning as my best self. At all. I looked like crap, felt like crap, and needed sleep. Period.

But thankfully, I finished all the papers and presentations, and took all of the midterms. When it was all over, I was finally able to get some sleep and wowza! It's incredible what a full night's sleep can do for ya!

It amazes me at how mothers do all that they do. And so gracefully and seemingly effortlessly.

So this post goes out to you.

To stay-at-home moms: I commend you for being with your children all day and not go insane. You rock!

To working moms: I applaud you for giving your all at work, somehow re-fueling on the way home, and then giving your all yet again. You rock!

To young moms: I'm so impressed that you can take care of someone else while still trying to grow and figure out who you are. You rock!

To single moms: I admire that you can raise kids without having anyone to pass them off to when the going gets rough, yet still be able to keep your sanity. You rock!

The bottom line? Moms rock.

With all its super-human requirements, at times it seems as though motherhood is not a job for mere mortals. And yet, you've somehow figured out how to get the job done. Gracefully. And lovingly.


  1. YOU ROCK!! I'm still trying to bounce back from a sneak attack of sinuses this weekend but I'm glad you were able to get through your classes and finally get some sleep!!

  2. Okay, if this whole post could fit on a T-shirt, I would SO rock that thang (yes, thang!) like e'ry day! You are so right! Moms ROCK, and single moms are simply proof that God exists. My brothers and I were raised by a single mother, and she continues to amaze me to this day!

    Glad you're feeling better, and shout out to inspiring blog posts like yours!

  3. Glad you are feeling better Alicia! Being a sick single parent is beyond tough. But somehow we manage to keep everything from falling apart. I love your Moms Rock dedication, and love that you dedicated it to all Moms, because regardless of if you are a single mom vs a stay at home Mom, its hard work raising a family and taking care of yourself and all the responsibilities we have to juggle.

  4. Thank goodness you're feeling better. I'm glad that I'm finally getting over my cold too. Being sick is no fun when you have a little one who depends on you because they don't understand that you're exhausted beyond belief or that your head feels like it wants to explode. Take care of yourself and get lots of rest. Don't forget to stay hydrated and keep purse size bottle of lysol handy as well as some wipes.

  5. Thanks for the support ladies. I am feeling so much better, but still have to remind myself to take it easy. Like, I don't HAVE to do a million things in one day -- I could just do a few things. And that's all right.

    You gals all ROCK and you're doing excellent jobs as a mom.

  6. What a beautiful post. This job is the greatest and most challenging to do and I salute you for doing it well and acknowledging those of us who are fumbling along the way and still doing it well. Take care of you so Aiden will have a mom who is 100%. Don't forget your YOU time!


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