I know that technically I have never written about exhaustion part 1, but do I have to?? Can’t you just imagine how exhausting was breastfeeding twins, going shopping with newborn babies or the classical sleepless nights? Even people without children could guess how exhausting that was. Raising toddler boys thought requires a surprising amount of energy…
Not that I thought that it was going to be a walk in the park, but when I do take them to the aforementioned park I would hope to see them running around and enjoy myself while supervising. The cold reality is very different! For every time they go down a slide, you have to pick them up and put them at the top. Every time they want to climb somewhere, who is pushing them up? And there are always two of them! Two!
And then there are the night calls. One coughs and wakes the other one up. One has a bad dream and wakes up crying and wakes the other one up. Or even one farts too loudly and wakes the other one up! If it happens 2-3 times in the night (and you can bet it will) and you still have to wake up at 6.30 the morning after, it becomes exhausting after a while. All of this had some consequences.
You know you and your husband are exhausted when one of the following thing happens:
1) One of you falls asleep on the floor (in the living room, in the kids’ bedroom or even in the bathroom during bath time).
2) Shaking with cold when outside there’s sunshine and 20C.
3) Waking up at all hours of the night (it’s counterintuitive, but if you are too tired it can be more difficult to sleep).
4) Meeting your neighbor at the park and not having enough energy to recognise who she is.
5) Putting a dishwasher tablet in the washing machine!
6) Writing a really boring blog post…
I guess I’d better go to sleep then.