There is tired. And then there is mom-of-a-currently-teething-baby tired.
Just ask Jules Coffey, who took to Instagram to write an all-too-relatable post about being up all night trying to placate her 1-year-old daughter Emmison.
I have so been there!
"No, no officer all is fine thank you," Jules continues in the caption of what's actually a pretty adorable shot of her and Emmison pouting. "But if you could possibly arrest me so I could grab some sleep in the holding cell that would be tops."
Hilarious! And I can't say that I blame her. I mean, there were times when I was so crazed from my colicky daughter's nightly screaming sessions that I would have handed her off to pretty much anyone who had a pulse. And, as long as we're being honest, maybe even to someone who didn't. Because some nights no matter what we did—fed her, bathed her, drove her around in the car—our baby girl simply would not shut up.
So I feel Jules' pain as she continues to describe her little one's night from hell. "She was cuddled, rocked, patted, sang to, taken out into the loungeroom to watch wiggles, taken outside to look for birdies," she recalls. "Given water, given 3 bottles, given Panadol, given gel, kissed, loved, changed nappy, changed clothes, put in with the dog, Sometimes NOTHING WORKS."
She's so right. But then somehow, in the middle of all her misery, Jules had an epiphany of sorts. And instead of continuing on with her rant, she decided to reach out in solidarity to all her fellow struggling sleep-deprived mamas in order to give them some hope.
"To women out there who have had these moments of utter exhaustion & despair, when you feel like you are going to crack, you are not alone," she writes. "We are all human, it's normal to go through all the emotions when these tiny people are so reliant on you. It's physically & emotionally draining. You have just got to do what you have to do in the moment & not be afraid to ask for help (MY GOD ADAM GET UP & GET THE FRIGGEN PANADOL) & remember 'THIS TOO SHALL PASS'."
And in the meantime, make sure you have your local police department on speed dial.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more.