1. Thank you for this post. It was exactly what I needed today. It’s been one of those “people aren’t going to understand” days. Thank you for reminding me that I don’t have to listen to people who think they know how to solve my problems. I have had a really tough day. But now I don’t feel alone. Your post helped take the sting of loneliness away that I’ve felt all day long.

  2. momssmallvictories

    Love this post, thanks for sharing. I have a reason for my fatigue (rheumatoid arthritis) and I have been reallyfeeling it the past week. I am on vitamin D prescription too and still its not helping. I was thinking I needed to get back to exercising (for me its the stationery bike to put less pressure on my joints) cause nothing is helping. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linky. Pinning to our linkup board and my coping with chronic illness board. Take care and hope you link up with us again this weekend.

  3. Debra

    Aprille, I found your site for the first time this morning lone behold when googling “exhausted with a 10 month old”. I was in tears around 6:30 am trying to pull myself out of bed to attend to my son. He was changed and fed by my wonderful husband who then left for work at 6:40. Most women would think what I am complaining about right? Well I suffer from Fibro and another autoimmune disease called Lupus. I deal with chronic fatigue, pain and sickness each day. I also have a bulging disc in my lower back which limits my physical abilities and adds to my daily pain. I pop Advil so often it’s awful. I have been beating myself up for months regarding being a good mother. I always thought I would be that mom who does it all, the cooking, cleaning, crafts etc. I have a masters in Early Childhood Education and always assumed I would be the Supermom so to say. As I have learned, my body just won’t allow me to do a lot of things most days. My son is my life, my heart, my soul, I want the best for him and have felt I haven’t been providing “the best”. I cry daily to my mom who also suffered since she gave birth to me with Lupus and later found out Fibro as well. She helps me so much because she understands, but I still feel so alone feeling like I am the only current mom who lives this way. Struggling to get out of bed and just care for my son and my house. I am surrounded by high-energy moms who want to go to malls, play groups, cook, sew, bake etc! I make excuses to not participate with and I’m tired of hiding. Your one blog here has brought me to tears because I know I’m not alone! This has helped me decide to start accepting what my normal is and be honest with others about it. I want to stop hiding and feeling embarrassed! I just feel like others will judge me and wonder why I so badly wanted to be a mother if I struggle like this. Well I need to stop worrying about the judgements. People won’t understand – they never have about my disorders. I do my best everyday and my son is happy and healthy! If I clean some of the house and take my son on a walk in one day then I’m going to start being happy with that and not go to bed feeling like a failure. Thank you, thank you, thank you…. I look forward to reading your other blogs!!!

    Sincerely, Debra

  4. Katie

    Thank you so much for this post. Glad I stumbled upon it today. I especially needed to read number 9. I am a new mom of a 6 month old baby boy. I have CFS and an inflammatory nerve disorder called mononeuritis multiplex that causes me a lot of pain. I am having a CFS relapse this week and felt so scared and down on myself until I saw this post.

    • Katie, it sounds like you have MUCH on your plate. Rest, rest, and more rest. I’ve learned to cut out WHATEVER is non-essential to my and my family members’ survival. We do FAR too much as moms. Hang in there, one day at a time.

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