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Dear Tired Moms: You're Doing Better Than You Think

Hey tired moms,

I see you. I see the exhaustion in your eyes, the weight on your shoulders, and the weariness in your soul. Being a mom is tough, and some days, it feels like the tiredness seeps into your bones and never quite goes away. But here's the thing: you're doing better than you think.

I know it's easy to compare yourself to the moms who seem to have it all together – the ones who effortlessly juggle work, kids, and household chores with a smile on their face. But the truth is, behind every Instagram-perfect moment, there's a tired mom just like you, doing her best to keep it all together.

So let me remind you of something you may have forgotten in the midst of the chaos: you are enough. Yes, you. The mom who stayed up all night with a teething baby, the mom who juggles multiple jobs to make ends meet, the mom who feels like she's constantly falling short – you are enough, just as you are.

I know it's hard to see it sometimes, especially when you're knee-deep in dirty diapers and toddler tantrums. But every time you comfort your crying child, every time you muster up the energy to play one more round of hide-and-seek, every time you tuck them into bed with a kiss goodnight – you are showing them love in the purest form.

And let's not forget about the importance of self-compassion. It's okay to admit when you're tired, overwhelmed, or just plain fed up. It's okay to ask for help, to take a break, to put yourself first every once in a while. You can't pour from an empty cup, mama, so don't be afraid to refill yours whenever you need to.

So here's to you, tired mom. Here's to the countless sacrifices you make, the endless love you give, and the unwavering strength that carries you through each day. You are a warrior, a hero, a force to be reckoned with. And no matter how tired you may feel right now, know that you are loved, you are appreciated, and you are doing an amazing job.

Take a deep breath, mama. You've got this.

With love and solidarity,

Jasmine Gwilliam, Pacific Poppy