I can't remember a time I wasn't tired. A time when I didn't feel the kind of fatigue that comes with running a household, maintaining a career, and doing whatever keeps my mental, physical, and emotional state healthy. I'm busy, and while I prefer it to boredom I look forward to the end of the day when I can finally close my eyes. I know my partner's tired from work, and my kids from whining, but there are things every mom is thinking when you tell her you're tired and every person who knows an over-worked, under-appreciated mom needs to know what they run the risk of hearing if they lament about their so-called never-ending exhaustion.
I'm not pointing fingers here, but I've heard my fair share of "I'm so tired" from others who've not accomplished a fraction of the things I do before most have had their morning coffee. Immediately after having my youngest, I took on several (lengthy and demanding) writing projects with hard deadlines. I had to wake early to feed my new, not-sleeping-through-the-night baby, get my oldest ready for preschool, do all the meal and chores things, and get ahead on work before falling too far behind (because, you know, motherhood does that). It was a level of exhaustion I never experienced before, and it hasn't slowed down since.
I've come to accept my tired as a perpetual state of existence. This is just my life now. And while I understand that everything's relative and there are plenty of child-free people who are tired, too, I stand firm in my belief that no one is as tired as a mother. So, with that in mind, here's everything a mom is going to undoubtably think if you decide to go on and on about how tired you are: