January 31, 2017

10 Signs You Are Mom-Level Tired


I've never played Candy Crush on Facebook (or anyplace else, for that matter).

I understand this could be somewhere between amusing and bewildering. But the absence of Candy Crush in my personal history is not some sort of moral stance; it's just that if I have free time, I'd rather take a nap. And there are lots of other things most people have done that I've never dipped a toe into.(Working title for that post: "Stuff Most Other People Have Done That I Haven't.")

Anyway. From the little I know about this game, I gather there are numerous "levels" of achievement. Which made me think about levels of sleep deprivation and how mom-level exhaustion is equivalent to something along the lines of level 1500+ in Candy Crush? 

As moms, we might not all play Candy Crush, but we are all tired. To confirm that you have, in fact, reached mom-level exhaustion, check yourself against these tell-tale signs.

1. You open the microwave to get something out of the toaster. 

2. You brew a cup of coffee in your Keurig without putting a cup on the drip tray. Which is how you figure out that the smart people at Keurig designed the drip tray to hold exactly one cup of coffee. Very helpful.

3. When you watch a movie in which any scene is set in a bedroom, you gaze longingly at the bed and think how comfortable and inviting it looks and how you just want to CRAWL INTO IT FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING GOOD.

4. When you prepay for gas and the card reader asks "is this a debit card?" you are stymied by the question. Yes? No? Maybe? Really, this is just so confusing.

5. You see this in the checkout lane at the grocery store and immediately think, "Send the children to grandma's." 

6. You throw a load of laundry into the washing machine without even realizing the load you did two days ago but never transferred to the dryer is still in there.

7. You frequently have a thought that goes something like this (often while standing, bewildered, in your pantry): 

8. While making breakfast, you ask your daughter if she wants fruit or a spoon to go with her fork.

9. Your Mother's Day wish list looks like this:

10. You have no trouble whatsoever understanding why the most-viewed post I've ever put up was called "8 Ways to Fight Mom Exhaustion (Other Than Actually Getting More Sleep)."

11. You put 11 items on a 10-item list. (As long as you're here, though, I'l give you one more: you dream of nothing so much as a solid night's sleep.)

I promise it does get better, mamas. Teenage sleep is a THING, and it's fabulous for the teenager's mom, too. But in the meantime, what level of mom-tired are you at these days? If you're not so exhausted you can't even stand to answer the question, go ahead and share in a comment or on Facebook. And just know that scores of mom are nodding blearily in agreement.


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26 comments:

  1. I want to read that post "Stuff Most Other People Have Done That I Haven't!!" If there's anything on your list that relates to watching current prime-time TV shows or seeing recent movies - no matter how popular - I can pretty much guarantee I haven't seen it! Nor have I read any of the latest bestsellers or caught up on any top tunes....yes, I'm a pop culture outcast! ;)

    Mom-level tired is a real thing, for sure! I also think there's a toddler-mom-level tired, which involves physical exhaustion, deep down in your bones. Then there's our teen-mom-level tired, which leaves me mentally and emotionally drained. Either way, I'm with you on choosing a nap over Candy Crush (which I've never played, either) or almost anything else!

    May a nap be in your future today!!

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    1. YES, Tracey: watching prime-time TV shows and seeing current movies would both be on my list! I happily join you in the "pop culture outcast" club. Of course, there will be cookies at our meetings. And, oh mama, do I ever hear you about that emotional and mental weariness that comes with mothering teens. (Deep sigh.) After we meet and talk about how we're not up on pop culture and eat cookies, let's take a nap, okay? Thanks for stopping by...as always, your witty and wise comments have brightened my day. xoxo

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    1. ...which pretty much sums up motherhood in general, right Michele?! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by...hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

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  3. Love this! My kids would sleep in a lot longer if we didn't have to get up for the school bus. I try so hard to get to bed before 10 every night but it never works. I totally get all these...
    ~Jess
    #ALittleBitOfEverything

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I am truly sorry you "get" all these...but hang in there: teenage sleep rocks! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  4. girl yes! all of this!

    so mom-level tired today

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    1. Hahaha, Kristin...nothing unites moms more than sleep deprivation. If we had a club, the only activity would be napping. Thanks so much for stopping by...and may the caffeine force (if you're into that, as I am) be with you!

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  5. Yes! I am definately mom tired. Great post!
    #alittlebitofeverything

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    1. Aw, thanks, Barrie. I'm sorry you can relate...but we moms have to support each other in our weariness the best we can! Looking forward to finding you over on #alittlebitofeverything!

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  6. #2 made me laugh. How many times I've forgotten to put the cup underneath ...

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    1. Oh, thank goodness, Maureen...it's not just me. PROOF that we need the caffeine in that coffee, right?! ;) Thanks so much for taking time to stop by!

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  7. I am the "I can't sleep because I'm too tired" mom currently. A potty training two year old and a teething 11 month old has me WIDE awake!!

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    1. Oh, Madalyn...bless your heart! That potty training + teething combo (not in the same child, obviously) sounds brutal. I'd tell you to hang in there, but I do NOT want to be "that" older mom. So I'll just say that I feel for you...I really do.

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  8. HAHA! Yes! I've been there. (I'm still there, now that you mention it.) I'm forever finding myself putting clean dishes in the fridge or sitting the juice in the microwave. It's gonna be a long day.

    #FridayFrivolity

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    1. Hahaha...I'm still parked "there" myself! And I'm laughing--in a "really crying with you in spirit" kind of way--that your comment that "it's gonna be a long day" came at 7:46 a.m. Dare I hope for an early night for you? ;) Thanks so much for stopping by from the fabulous #FridayFrivolity!

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  9. These are all SOOOO me! Sometimes I put my phone in the freezer and I put sugar in the microwave. I'm losing it! We need a vacation. Lol too funny. Thanks for sharing!
    #FridayFrivolity

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    1. Well, at least we get a little entertainment out of seeing what we do in the fog of mom exhaustion, right? ;) Thanks for reading and for giving me that moment in blogging I love most: the "it's not just me" moment!

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  10. I once ran into a friend's husband at the store.. carried on an entire conversation while thinking "I know this guy... where do I know this guy from... Why can't I remember who he is..." That's how tired I was!

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    1. Oh my word, Mother of 3...what a great story! It just shows your mom-cleverness that you were able to fake it through that conversation. Even when we're brain-dead exhausted, we moms still mange to make it through! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. Oh my! I've been there many times. In fact, I'm there right now and that's the reason I'm scrolling through the #MommyMoments linkup right now. :-)
    I needed the laughs!

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    1. Marva, I'm "there" right now with you! ;) Hope you found some much-needed laughs at #MommyMoments...I'm so glad you made your way from there to here!

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  12. Snort. Pure genius, as usual, my friend! Sharing like crazy and couldn't help it - I had to choose you as my feature for this week's #FridayFrivolity!

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    1. Oh, Lisa, my Lisa! Even one word from you makes my day. E.g., "snort" = day made. THANK YOU for sharing this and for picking me as your #FridayFrivolity feature! I am thrilled and honored AND so happy for all you FF girls that your sensational soiree has taken off so well! It's THE place to be on Fridays! :) xoxoxo

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  13. I am holding you to the teenage sleep thing. If not I am shipping him off to you for a few nights. :)

    #FridayFrivolity is a success because of funny bloggers like you.

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    1. Audrey, that is a 100% reasonable plan. Be sure to let me know how it's going when you get there so I'll know if I need to get our guest room ready. And I'm so grateful to be part of #FridayFrivolity and truly appreciate all the talented and hilarious bloggers who show up, but I think the real reason it's such a growing success is because of its top-notch hostesses (speaking of funny)!

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