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Friday, November 25, 2011

Bloody guilt.

I really hope that I get to do the cycle in December but I have lost a lot of the desperation that I had earlier in the week.  I was forced to look at the worst that could happen (ie. Cycle cancelled and we have to delay for a couple of months) and had accepted it by the time I spoke to my Melbourne Fertility Specialist.    There are many reasons that I hope that I can get to do the cycle in December and most of them are the usual, to give our delightful JBB a sibling, to get it over and done with, to get me closer to having a resolution of the cramp issue, to be done with IF once and for but there is a totally, selfish reason that I want to go in December and I hope that you won’t judge me because I already feel guilty about it.
I will miss JBB, JourneyMan and JourneyDog who is Woolly hugely while I am away – that goes without saying but I tell you, I am actually looking forward to having a break. I am absolutely exhausted at the moment, at any chance, I fall asleep on the couch or basically wherever and I have never been one for doing that. I have travelled many times before on my own and I am comfortable with it but it will be very strange to be without my boys especially over new years.

But I feel guilty, very guilty for wanting this break and it is hard not to think that I am being a selfish cow for wanting to sleep in. That is my main need really, sleep. I feel a lot that the people in my life really don't really realize how much of a toll a cycle takes, mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. Most days I am in constant pain, which in itself is exhausting but add in all of the things that I do for a cycle, then add in the financial pressure, the hormones coursing through my body, the constant worry about whether it will be successful or not, the effort it takes to try to be the best mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend going around, to do my job sstisfactorially and generally not more that 6-7 hours of good quality sleep per night and you have a recipe of one tired woman.

I know that this describes most mothers out there, we all have too much on our plate and not enough hours to achieve it.

The thought of sleeping in for the time that I will be away is very seductive. I may even be able to have a disco nap by the pool. I am trying to be kinder to myself but honestly, am I the worst mother / wife in the world to be looking forward to all of that beautiful sleep?


  1. There is no reason to feel guilty. We all need some time to ourselves. As moms we feel guilty spending time away but it is needed for our own sanity at times.

  2. Do not feel guilt -- it's what you need so you can be a better wife, mother, sister, etc -- all the roles you are! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. No, no, NO! Of course not! For a Christmas present, 8 months after the birth of her first child, a good friend of mine asked her husband for a night away at a hotel - by herself. I got an email with a promotional price for a family stay at a hotel I love, looked at it on the web, then looked at breaks for two (thinking my parents might babysit) and ended up investigating single supplements as my preferred companion would be NOONE! We all love our kids, but it's HARD work and the hours, pay and holidays are shocking ;-).

  4. No, not selfish at all. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others and it sounds like you need a bit of a break. Even if your cycle gets delayed, maybe you can get some help and get one day to sleep in?