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Not In This Alone

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Today was hard. Ayva has been having some stomach problems, so she hasn’t been quite herself, and between work and taking care of her…I’m spent. A few weeks ago, I vowed to relax more. I made balance a priority so that my family could stop getting the short end of the stick when it came to me. It’s been working. I’m much more patient, and a lot less exhausted. Today, however? Honey…it was rough.

Back in the day, when I was a true single mom, tough days often turned into tough weeks because there was no down time. It didn’t matter if I was up all night with a sick child because the next morning, I’d be up bright and early getting breakfast together. Even if I was under the weather, I couldn’t take a break from Mommy Duty because there was no one else to take over. I’ve always been a single mom, so I’m used to the never-ending cycle of Mommy On Call.

Today was hard. But things are different now. Now, I have a partner in this parenting thing. During the course of the day, I called Terrence and whined. I sent text messages letting him know I was tired. I whined when he got home. And he got it. He asked me what I needed, how he could help. I told him, sort of joking, but mostly not, that I need him to stay home from work tomorrow to help me with Ayva, and he said okay.

And just then, I remember that I’m not in this thing alone anymore.

So tomorrow, Mama is sleeping in. Thank you, Jesus.

Alexandra Elizabeth

Friday 11th of July 2014

Ahhh I love love love this. I've similarly found someone who gets me and this single mom life and how stressful and demanding it can be. To have the support of someone who GETS YOU is amazing. I'm so happy you and your daughter have found strength and love!

Karima

Friday 31st of May 2013

Congratz on finding true love, happiness, and companionship! Keeps a young lady like me hopeful ;-)

Brandi Jeter

Friday 31st of May 2013

Thank you, Sarah! I did rest, and we do feel better. Thanks to our sweet fella!

Brandi Jeter

Friday 31st of May 2013

I did! He was really a Godsend yesterday!

Brandi Jeter

Friday 31st of May 2013

So true, Veronica! It's never done, so it's nice to be able to partner with someone to work on things day to day!