OUF!: Feeling Over-tired, Useless and Fatigued

I won the naptime battle, and yet, I feel defeated. OUF.

I won the naptime battle, and yet, I feel defeated. OUF.

When my husband comes home from work today, the first thing I will probably say to him after passing him the baby is “Ouf!!”. This has been anything but a restful Friday. Marko woke up this morning in a cranky and very whiny mood. Put him down to play: he whines. Pick him up: whines some more. Feed him breakfast: meltdown.

Okay, I can handle this. I’m cool. It’s only 7:30 a.m. I thought to myself nearly eight hours ago now. My normally pleasant 8-month-old has turned cray-cray today. WHAT IS UP little man?? It’s like nothing I can do today is right by him. The only bit of peace and sanity I got today was his nap (which he’s now been down for nearly two hours) and his Monkey Rock music class.

How could someone so small make me so tired? Parents out there, can you hear me? Can you relate? What do you do in these moments of wild baby tantrums that they suddenly have? My only culprit is perhaps teething but ouf, today has been rough!

Alright enough with my rant, I’m going to go make myself a cup of coffee and try to enjoy it before my little monster wakes up!


2 Comments on OUF!: Feeling Over-tired, Useless and Fatigued

  1. Irina
    September 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m not sure if there is a mother out there that doesn’t completely sympathize with you.
    Despite the truckloads of advice you may get on ”how to efficiently sooth your baby”, I personally never found one that worked for me like magic. Perhaps you’ll have better luck. That being said, I am a mom after all, so I can’t quite resist the urge of giving you MY precious two cents. 😛

    So here it is: try taking baby OUT OF HIS IMMEDIATE CONTEXT. This can mean going for a walk, preferably somewhere close to nature, though some babies react better to the background noises of the streets. If it rains, go for a car ride around the neighbourhood, to a friend’s house or to a community centre (library, baby activities, pool, etc.) If it’s -125C outside and pure ice is decorating your car, try going in the basement to play. From my experience, this usually (and I emphasize ”usually”) does the trick. The idea is to make baby fall asleep or get as much of his energy out as possible…so he can eventually fall asleep.

    Should this trick be spectacularly unsuccessful, whip out that extra dark roast coffee and ride the wave! After all, tomorrow is another (and likely much better) day! 🙂

    • Sabrina
      September 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for the tip Irina! You’re completely right, sometimes just a little fresh air really does the trick 🙂


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