To the mom that relies on her morning coffee and quiet to maintain her sanity: I see you.
To the mom who looks at pictures of her friends at parties or on vacation while they sit at home watching their children: I see you.
To the mom who looks in the mirror and does not recognize her own body: I see you.
To the mom who wishes she had the energy to be romantic with her partner but feels so exhausted they would rather sleep: I see you.
To the mom who just did a load of dishes and the sink is already full again: I see you.
To the mom whose heart aches from missing their child while they are at work: I see you.
To the mom who is up at 3am trying to stay awake while feeding her baby and thinking that the whole world is asleep: I see you.
To the mom who stays home with her children full time, but remembers her ambitions and dreams of a grand, glamorous career: I see you.
To the mom that has never been more tired in her life, but still gets up in the morning for another day of hard work: I see you.
To the mom who has read the same inane book over and over a hundred times: I see you.
To the mom who walks out of the store with a screaming toddler, a dozen pairs of judging eyes, and a feeling of shame: I see you.
To the mom who has lost touch with her friends because they just don’t understand your new life and obligations: I see you.
To the mom that loves their child so much, but can’t stand to spend one more minute with them after a whole week of nonstop playing, messy meals, diaper battles, and tantrums: I see you.
I see you. I have been you. I am here for you. But let me encourage you as well. One day you will go out with your friends again. One day you will get an amazing, blissful night’s sleep. One day you will get to see the rewards of your hard work. One day you will look in the mirror and say “damn, I look good!” One day you will recognize your life again, and it will be more amazing and fulfilling than ever.
Now go put on a face mask and take a nice, long bath with lots of sweet-smelling bubbles. Shave and use a sugar scrub. Get out, put on a full face of make up. Do your hair. Put on your sexiest outfit (preferably with heels). Do all of this for yourself. Look in the mirror and remember who you really are. You can conquer the world!