For all you mothers out there who are still wrangling toddlers, pushing strollers, carrying bags of diapers and changes of clothes everywhere you go. For all of you who still have to get up in the middle of the night to feed and soothe and convince, again and again that there are NO MONSTERS under the bed. For those of you who are not sure what day this is, or how you will make it another day with a colicky baby and a snotty nosed, always coughing toddler and a preschooler who melts down when you cannot find THE red crayon, for all of you, I just want to say this:
Hang in there. It will get better.
Go easy on yourself.
There is nothing you can do to keep from being tired and worried and worried that you are tired and worried that you are not worried enough.
You are going to want the perfect Halloween pictures and the perfect Thanksgiving pictures and the perfect Christmas picture. And you may get them. Or you may not. Or you may threaten and bribe and scream through gritted teeth until you get just one, just one where everyone is looking at the camera. And then you will look at those pictures after you download them to your computer and you will know, in your heart that those smiles are fake. But know that all of your friends Happy Christmas card pictures are probably fake too. And that’s ok. Truly.