I often hear the following:
“I don’t know how you do it all.”
“You should learn to say no.”
“I see you coming and going all the time. Aren’t you exhausted?”
“Just watching you buzz around makes me exhausted.”
I’ll be honest sometimes it stings. I do have a lot of plates spinning. And sometimes I am not sleeping much. My “extra” things are keeping me up late. It is the soft footsteps padding down the hall from my sweet three-year old at 3:00 a.m. And yes, I could have a big production of the injustice of getting out of bed to tuck him back in, but I’ve noticed that his current level of “momma need” is fleeting. My gig is to be his “person.”
Being his “person” reminds me of a great line from the show, Grey’s Anatomy from a couple years back.
It is a different kind of “person” than the friendship described on that show. But it still stands true. I am his “person” and I will always be. I am actually 3 smaller people’s “person” and one adult’s.
I try to not lose myself in all the doing, going and being. It is a lot of ever-changing, coaching, and communicating. I could use a nap just thinking about it all. We all know that there isn’t time for that. 🙂 I keep my plates spinning and my people happy. (most of the time) I am enjoying this phase of motherhood, family, MOPS Leadership, and master’s classes more than any other time yet. It is freeing to have all these parts to my life and I am thankful for all the plates to spin. Some days it seems like everything is falling apart and plates are crashing by the crate full. Those are the days that stick out when some one comments about the business of my busy-ness. It cuts a little, but I know that this crazy season is what I am in for now and it is a good thing I love it.