I've said the words "I need a break" more times than I count. Just today I've muttered it beneath my breath a solid dozen times — and it's not even noon. Don't get me wrong, I love being a mom and my kids are the two greatest things that have ever happened to me. They're also energetic and exhausting and sometimes draining, though. So, yes, there are some things a toddler mom really means when she says she needs a break, and those "things" are definitely worth highlighting. After all, us toddler moms can only take so much.
As I write this, my darling toddler is trying to tell me about an injured wasp that's crawling somewhere in the vicinity. He's asking to feed it and care for it, even after I've said "leave it alone" more times than I care to admit. This, of course, is just a small insight into what goes on in my house on the regular. Having continuous conversations about every detail in life, while doing any number of other things simultaneously, is par for the parent-of-a-toddler course. In fact, just a few minutes before the aforementioned conversation my toddler asked for lunch, and before that I had to clean up a pretty epic spill. There's no clock to punch in and out of, so my days bleed together with no real chance to re-set.
Whether you're a working or a stay-at-home mom, having a toddler is hard ass work. My kid is eager to learn about the world, and won't hesitate to appease his curiosities if I look away for even a moment. I'm grateful both my kids are so well-behaved (for the most part), but even still, I'm tired, you guys. So, so tired. Among the things a toddler mom really means when she says she needs a break, I'd say the level of pure exhaustion she pushes through on any given day is at the top of that list. Here's some others: