Being a mother is not always easy. Although it is undoubtedly a wonderful experience and like no other, motherhood has stages and moments that can be very hard. An example of this are those first months after the arrival of the baby, in which we must adjust to a new rhythm of life, in which rest is conspicuous by its absence.
For this reason, and because I remember how long and difficult those sleepless nights can become during the baby’s first year, I want to dedicate a few words to the mothers who stay awake in those early mornings that seem eternal .
For mom, on those sleepless nights
What time is it? Perhaps it is better not to see. I don’t know what time you read this. Maybe you are in the middle of the night, with your baby in your arms . Or maybe you are waking up from those few hours that you were able to sleep after one more sleepless night.
Whatever time it is, or when you read these words, I want you to know that they are written with all the admiration and respect that mothers deserve , at all stages of their motherhood, but today particularly, at that stage characterized by many awakenings overnight.
I was once in your place, several years ago. Enough so that it begins to seem like a distant dream, but somehow those thoughts and feelings that I lived during those long nights in which my daughter constantly woke up are still present in my memory .
I remember how exhausted I felt, and how difficult it became to get up in the morning when I heard that my baby needed me. ” Will I ever get a full night’s sleep again or at least more than three or four hours? ” was one of the recurring questions in my head.
I also remember a lot, having felt that motherhood was more difficult than I imagined, and what I had been told . And it is that if something can affect us a lot, both physically and emotionally, it is the lack of rest. Check out more interesting topics on our site Faith Blog.
They say that after childbirth the return to normality begins, but I think that there is no such thing as “normality” after becoming a mother. Now you continue to live during the day, but you also live at night , trying to rest when you have the opportunity to do so.
I know that rest is what you need most right now . It is probably one of the things you long for the most , especially when you are in the middle of the night, with your baby in your arms and you feel how heavy your body is and you do everything possible not to close your eyes.
You are not alone . We’ve all been there, and have secretly hoped (and a little remorsefully after thinking about it) that our babies would quickly finish this stage and start sleeping through the night . Probably at this moment you feel that these months without sleep have no end, but I promise you that soon they will.
Be strong, mom. But also, remember to ask for help. Feeling tired is normal, feeling like you can’t anymore is not. When you least expect it, those sleepless nights and routines that seem to have no head or tail will begin to be less frequent, and over time, your baby will stop needing you as much as she does now.
Of course, the sleepless nights will not completely disappear as soon as the baby stage is over. There will be special situations where they continue to occur and seek refuge in our arms. But you must keep in mind that time flies and in a matter of time, the postpartum period and the first year of your baby will cease to be your reality and will become a memory , just as it has happened to me.
Try to enjoy your baby now that he is small, because this stage, although difficult, will never be repeated. Now those early mornings in which you stay awake can seem eternal, but remember that you are not alone , and just like you, there are thousands of mothers accompanying their children every night, and you are giving your baby the best you can offer: time and love. You’re doing it right.