I called a friend this morning and when I asked her how she was doing, she broke down in tears. It turned out that she is having a bit of a rough time with everything. She is the busy mom of three kids, one of them being only 4 months old. The baby is not sleeping and therefor she is not sleeping. My heart went out to her, because I remember being so sleep deprived and being so desperate to try to find a way to have Tahlia (and me) sleep. Hearing her sobs brought me right back to my own PAD desperation. I told her I would come and get her two other kids so that she could have a little break.
Before going over I bought some flowers to cheer her up and wrapped up a piece of pumpkin bread that Tahlia and I baked yesterday. When I walked into her house, I saw the laundry piled up in the laundry room, toys everywhere, dishes piled in the sink and my friend's eyes red and swollen from crying. I felt so bad for her, because I've been there. All I knew to do was give my friend a big hug and tell her what an incredible mom I think she is.
So, if you know a mom who is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, do something to help her out or cheer her up. Being a mom is not always easy. As a matter of fact, it can often be extremely difficult. As someone who has been so desperate to the point that I was afraid for myself and my child, I know that a helping hand or a kind gesture will be so appreciated. Us moms need to stick together, support each other and help each other out. I only hope that I was able to make life a little easier for my friend today, if only for a little while.