Honest Motherhood – My thoughts / Raw & Real

Do you ever feel like you just need a break sometimes? As guilty as that thought is.


One of my favorite sayings is by Paulo Coelho “If you think adventure is dangerous try routine, it is lethal” And I think that’s what gets to me the most, the “routine”  


I personally HATE that word but somehow found myself and the kids falling into a routine which sometimes drives me absolutely nuts!


As much I love being a mother, nothing else compares, I sometimes feel like it’s just draining. The constant worrying, the endless fears and the overwhelming responsibility.


Suddenly things you never thought of before are now your biggest fear. People you were once close too, are now complete strangers. Of course I believe people are in or out of your life for a reason and when you have kids, you see people’s true colors. Your relationships are based on “are they good to my kids?” “Do they love my kids and make an effort with them?” “Do they have good intentions? “


Why would I want people in my life who are not good to my kids? Who never see them or bother at all, even if it’s just to pass by and say hello to them or actually make an effort and show up on their birthdays? 


Suddenly you live and pray your kid poops, who would have thought I would be so happy and thankful to see a diaper full of poop? You constantly think of scenarios in your head and find ways to prevent them so your kids don’t get hurt..in your head. You sit and think what if this / what if that.


How can something like motherhood be so beautiful yet so terrifying? Am I the only one who sits and thinks of all those crazy things? Am I the only one who is scared of the unknown? Sometimes I honestly think I am. I see other mothers having so much fun and so carefree and think for a second –


“Maybe if I didn’t worry so much or wasn’t scared of everything; I too, could be having more fun!”


“Maybe if i trusted people more and let them help me with my kids, I would have a little bit of freedom”


Maybe if I do get a nanny like everyone says I should, I would be able to rest a little”


Maybe if I wasn’t so attached to my kids, I wouldn’t find it as hard leaving them whether to travel or just a day to myself”


I doubt myself everyday for different reasons, but I never doubt the kind of mother I am to my kids. I know I am a good mother, I give my all to them. Literally.


But sometimes I do doubt me, what about me?


I feel so guilty even having these thoughts. I feel so bad feeling like I need just a little break. I don’t feel the need to go out every day or travel every month or nothing of that sort. I just need to feel like I matter too. I just can’t explain it, you know?


I am always grateful I can stay home with my kids and be with them and never miss those special moments. But with that, comes great pressure and exhaustion. There’s a misconception of stay at home mums, “it’s so easy, you stay home all day” 




It is the most rewarding thing in the world. It is beautiful and full of love. But it is also 24/7, no days off or public holidays. Not so glamorous as portrayed on Instagram. Not so effortless. Not so easy.


My mother gave her all to us growing up. As a single mother, she was everything to us – the father & the mother. She worked long hours and studied to get a better job, so she could afford to buy us things, send us to London & Switzerland to study. She had no summer holidays or shopping sprees, she had us. And we were everything to her. She exhausted herself to the core for her kids. 


Now she is everything to us. 


I appreciate her more than she knows. Is it because she bought us whatever we wanted? Is it because we studied in the best universities? Is it because we had the pretties outfits / clothes?




It’s because she was always there. Physically, mentally & emotionally.


Always there.


And I sit and think maybe my kids will realize that when they are older and appreciate it. I was always there. And that means more to me than anything in this world. 


And suddenly that urge for a break disappears for while. 



I know Adam will soon start school inshallah and I will have a little more time in my hands. The year after Hana will start school as well and then what will I do? Will I long for their company now that I don’t have it anymore? Will I wish I never felt I needed a break knowing they are now in school and I have all the break I need? Will I miss playing with my little babies in the play room or jumping on the trampoline with them at 9am? 


Suddenly I feel like the last thing I need is a break. I need more time with them.





13 thoughts on “Honest Motherhood – My thoughts / Raw & Real

  1. It’s like you are describing my life as a mother and I think what you wrote can be related to 70 per cent of the mothers… You are a caring loving mom.

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  2. honestly for my sanity, after having my first I decided going to work was vacation and I never quit. I also got a nanny and a housekeeper to help with the kids and housework. My oldest is in nursery now and my little one will be going as soon as he turns two inshAllah. I’ve taken to prioritising things -My kids are not going to remember whether I did the dishes or laundry but my daughter watching me go to work is going to set an example for her to become a financially independent woman. That was important for ME-instilling that concept… and my sanity. I was miserable staying at home during maternity leave, I would snap at the kids and dwell in this state of feeling useless and unproductive. And now that I’ve learned to live with the decision of being a full time working mother, I still struggle with the guilt every now and then but I’ve learned to take comfort in the fact that I’m doing my best!
    In a nutshell, as mothers we’re always going to be guilty -ALWAYS. Please don’t beat yourself up… if you think you need a nanny – get one! If you feel like you want a solo trip – go for it. It won’t impair your kids if you leave them for a couple of days , as a matter of fact you’re going to come back a full and better mother (not to say that you’re not an awesome mother already!)


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