It's the end of another day. You've been up since the crack of dawn; tossed endless loads of laundry through; run in circles cleaning up other's messes; participated in the "Chopped" (Parent Edition) marathon where your judge is a tiny version of yourself with a nose that can distinguish a hint of veggie that may have come into contact with their plate and who refuses point blank to drink anything out of a cup in any other colour but the exact shade of green of their underwear... You have FINALLY wrangled and wrestled everyone into and out of the tub, into some form of pjs, read bedtime stories, fetched water, rubbed backs while singing the theme song to "Paw Patrol" a billion times over and now there is silence...
You feel the full force of gravity begging you to collapse onto the nearest chair/bed/pile of laundry. How often do you resist the urge to tidy just one more space? How long do you stand in the kitchen washing sippy-cup after plastic plate after mini utensil while fantasizing about a hot shower uninterrupted by the frantic knocking of a child in search of another snack? When do you give yourself permission to clock-out and do something to keep care of yourself (eating the leftover chicken nuggets off the plates you're cleaning doesn't count...).
Burnout and exhaustion are common side effects of parenting. Short of hiring a full time nanny, chef, personal shopper, and assistant there isn't much you can do to dramatically reduce your work load. The good news is that there are some small changes that can make a difference in your mental, emotional, and physical health at the end of the day. It may start with a refusal to drink tepid tea/coffee and could lead to you eating a portion of your dinner while it's still warm!
If you could use some ideas about caring for yourself in small, meaningful, and realistic ways check out this great "Self-Care Printable"
My postpartum doula services cover everything from helping you find ways to handle feeding (breast and bottle) challenges and sleep/soothing troubles, to preparing meals to get you through the week and ensuring your kitchen is left spotless.
Need an extra pair of hands to help sort through mountains of laundry and dishes while snuggling your baby and wrangling your toddler, all so you can finally nap in peace or have that bath? I do(ula) that!
The best part of my service is the flexibility. Do you just need one morning of help to get you back on track? I do(ula) that! How about scheduling a weekly overnight so you can count on at least 6-8 hours of sleep while I take over baby and house duties for the night? I do(ula) that! I am happy to provide as much or little support as you desire and work with you to develop a care plan that is tailored to your unique goals.
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Cowichan Doula's postpartum doula services are available to families in the Victoria, Duncan/Cowichan, and Nanaimo areas on Vancouver Island.
I'm Kaya, the owner behind Cowichan Doula. I offer birth & postpartum doula services as well as prenatal classes in the Cowichan Valley area on Vancouver Island.