This mama is tired.

I have an idea. You take my kids for three hours so I can take a nap and then we’ll switch. It’s fair game even if we put the children in front of the TV screen the whole time. You in?

We don’t have cable, which is probably a good thing, but honestly, sometimes I wish we did so Lucas would sit quietly and watch TV. Does that sound awful? It’s probably good that he doesn’t watch any TV, right? Tell me that’s good so I feel good about this.

I think having two kids is tiring. Joshua doesn’t sleep during the day- at least not much. I’m lucky if we get two naps in, but they are never more than 30 minutes. Sometimes an hour, and that’s huge. If I nap with him we usually get 1-1.5 hours which is nice. He is way different than Lucas was at this age because Lucas was a pretty good napper.

I am SO thankful that Lucas (usually) takes a good nap. I feel sorry for all the moms who have toddlers who don’t nap. You have my sympathy big time!

I’ve been wanting to get Joshua on more of a schedule during the day, thinking that might help with his day time sleeping, but that sure is hard to do with a toddler running around the house who starts yelling DADDY! DADDY! when you don’t give him attention at the precise moment that he wants it.

Thank goodness Joshua sleeps with me or I would be a walking zombie. I don’t know how often he’s up at night, but I don’t notice too much since I don’t have to get out of bed.

I am not feeling motivated to do anything productive, you know like exercise or run.

Boo. Hiss. Wah.

Okay, I’ll see you in a couple hours!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

8 thoughts on “Tired

  1. 😦 I'm tired too! The weather isn't helping- it feels like there's a low pressure system in the area. Maybe it'll help make the boy sleepy too!

  2. Having 2 kids is hard! I know a couple of moms who have traded child care and it worked out great for them! You should seriously try it if you can find families you think you'd be compatible with. I work so we have a daycare that we like, and sometimes (like today) I take her there just so I can get some things done more efficiently (taxes, paperwork, etc.). It is normal to be tired as a parent but you do deserve a break. I hope you get one!

    Sounds like Joshua is just like my daughter in terms of sleep. She is 2 and has pretty much given up naps altogether! For most of the time she was one year old we could count on a 45-minute nap in the middle of the day, but that's about as good as it got, consistently. Although I'm just now reading the Baby Whisperer book and maybe some things in there would have helped us.

  3. We don't have cable either in our home. We do have Netflix, but I still don't watch it. I let my son (9 yrs.) watch 1 hour of tv per day, but usually he chooses not to watch any.
    I allow my daycare kids to watch 1 cartoon in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
    Do I think it's 'wrong' if other parents choose to let thier kids watch tv? No. Different things work for different families and as long as they aren't glued to the tv, I think it's fine in moderation.

  4. I am soooooo tired by the end of the day now that I have two kids. I can't believe how easy I had it before, lol. I wouldn't change a thing of course, I LOVE it, but wow. Exhaustion. I don't have anyone nearby who can babysit either so taking breaks is rare. Wish my mom lived closer…

  5. Your so awesome for not having your kids watch tv. Mine watch the dreaded telie and while its a sanity saver, its also a bad habit to break.
    Get some sleep momma! See you in the am 😉

  6. Sending sleepy kids thoughts!! I know exactly what you mean, I felt the same way when David started giving up his morning naps around 10 months old. It was such a disappointment to me, an exhausting one.

  7. I hear ya- some days I feel like I'm a zombie, Having three kids I've learnt that I need to get to bed early as in before 10pm in order to get enough sleep to function the next day. My youngest (5 months) is just starting to sleep through the night and what a difference it makes! When he sleeps well at night he naps longer in the daytime.

    My youngest naps from 9:30 to 11:30ish and again from 1:30 to 3:30ish. We don't have cable but I put a video in for my older children to watch when I go to put the baby down so they'll be quiet. Once he's asleep we try to do quiet things like puzzles, colouring, reading books etc. It doesn't always work and there are times when they wake their brother up but that's life and I try to remember we can always try again tomorrow.

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