1. YOU MAKE A MISTAKE IN THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE OBJECTS
You can’t get your hand back on your notepad when you could have sworn you put it in the desk drawer, and search the whole house for that damn pad, only to find that you put it in the fridge, between the cream cheese, butter and… clothes pegs. Makes sense.
2. YOU LOSE YOUR MEMORY
Ever since you became a mom, you’ve felt like you were prone to early Alzheimer’s, so much so that you continually skip everything you have to do or plan. For example: at the store, you forget half the groceries, and even if you had made a list to counteract your memory lapses… you forgot it at home. In short, your brain is like a sieve.
3. YOU CALL YOUR CHILD BY A DIFFERENT NAME.
Yet you chose it months before his birth, the pretty name your little one has. And yet, your tongue keeps forking. You call him by the first name of the eldest, your husband’s, your colleague’s, or worse, the dog’s name.
4. CAFFEINE NO LONGER HAS ANY EFFECT ON YOU
In the morning, you rush to drink one, two, three or even four coffees (hot, if you are lucky) to wake up, but nothing to do, your eyes can’t open. And it’s not just caffeine that has become ineffective: you only have to look at the bags to understand that your concealer has also gone off the market.
5. YOU ARE PUTTING CHILDREN TO BED EARLIER AND EARLIER.
After eating, you count the minutes until you put the children to bed, and since it seems incredibly long, you happily imagine that you are going to bring forward the time of bed to enjoy a moment of calm as soon as possible. It’s a good idea, but beware, it doesn’t work as soon as they learn to tell the time (you can always ban clocks from your house, but that would probably be pushing it a little too far, Maurice).
6. YOU SAY YES TO EVERYTHING TO HAVE PEACE
Your child wants candy at 8:12 am? Ok, he refuses to eat his vegetables but wants a second dessert? Yes, he does! He doesn’t want to tidy his room and takes out half of his play closet? No problem! He wants you to do his hair and makeup? Don’t worry, if it’s for a ten-minute break.
7. IT’S 10:00 A.M. AND YOU’RE ALREADY CRAVING YOUR BED.
It is not yet noon and you dream of only one thing: sleeping. And if you were a night owl before you had children, you’ve been going to bed often at the same time as them, or almost since you had children. In short, if the nights are complicated, so are your days.
8. YOUR CONCEALER NO LONGER HIDES ANYTHING
Yes, because even though you may have bought the best on the market, concealer can’t work miracles, even if you apply several coats. At this level of fatigue, the only anti-dark circles solution that could work is a little sleeping pill in the bottle. We joke, in reality we know very well that we can’t do that at all (but sometimes it’s not the desire that’s missing haha).
9. YOU FALL ASLEEP IN FRONT OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOW
The kids are (finally) in bed, and to decompress from this crazy day, you launch an episode of your new favorite series. Only problem: you never get to see the end of it since you plunge into Morpheus’ arms only 10 minutes after you’re sitting in front of the TV. Tip: drop Netflix and go to bed!
10. YOUR FAVORITE HAIRSTYLE HAS TURNED INTO A PONYTAIL
Because you don’t feel like washing your hair or blow-drying it, but mostly because it takes you 10 minutes every morning to do your hair. 10 precious minutes of sleep that you don’t want to do without since your nights are chopped up.
11. YOUR EMOTIONS PLAY THE YO-YO
And you go from laughter to tears, but also from calm to storm in no time at all. And don’t blame this emotional imbalance on hormones. It’s mostly because you don’t get enough sleep that managing your emotions is complicated.