After asking numerous mothers what their ideal Mother’s Day gift would be, it is incredibly clear what most mamas want on Mother’s Day: sleep.
Sleep. A nap (or two). A break. Time for themselves – you get the gist.
Though flowers and hand-made projects and bed-in-breakfast are wonderful things, let’s be honest – sleep wins. The poems below are not only blunt, honest truths from the hearts of mothers, they’re what partners and loved ones need to put on the top of their reading list as soon as possible.
“My Husband Feels Like a Toddler Too”
By Stacy Michaels, mother of two
I don’t know about you,
But my husband feels like a toddler too.
It seems it’s always his turn,
But on Mother’s Day, he can get up and learn.
“Sleep, What’s That?”
By Jessica Sugg, mother of three
Sleep, what’s that?
As soon as you close your eyes you feel that pat, pat, pat -
Mom! I’m hungry, get me food.
Honey, does it look like I’m in a good mood?
No, so go play for a min,
I just want one min!
But mom, you can’t sleep anymore, I pooped on the floor,
Sleep, what’s that?
There is no such thing.
So, get a nice glass of - you know what I mean!
“Give Mom a Break”
By Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two
Sleep and nap, nap and sleep.
When Moms don't get it, they'll cry and weep...
And scream and shout and even swear,
Just give mom a break so she isn't a bear.
“Sleep… What a Dream”
By Alicia Marie, mother of one
Diapers and dishes, and picking up bread.
These are thoughts that dance through Mom’s head
As she, so full of hope, scrambles up into bed
‘Sigh... what relief!
As she pulls up her feet and
Snuggles down deep in the sheet.
“Wait, what was that?”
The kids or the cat?
‘His turn,’ as she reaches to pat
No response. Big surprise.
She opens her eyes and
Starts to hear those telltale cries
‘Sigh... here we go...’
She stubs her poor toe
As she looks down to see that damn Lego.
Sleep... What a dream...
So elusive it seems.
Maybe she’ll get more when her kids are teens...?
“Moms Never Get a Turn”
By Sheri Duncan, mother of two
Sleep - you’ll learn moms never get a turn.
Time for a snack, wait put that one back!
I’d rather have that!
Oh, mom I’m done!
Can we do something fun?
Wait, please don’t run.
Ugh, mom your no fun!
Wish I could sleep for week once everything’s done.
“Willows Will Weep…”
By Alison Jade, mother of one
Roses are red..
Willows will weep..
For this Mother’s Day..
LET MOM GET SOME FRIGGEN SLEEP!
“I Smile and Sip my Coffee”
By Meghan Moran, mother of one
A call for “Mommy!” in the night
Comes from your little room
I cringe and breathe quietly as I wait
To see if you’ll need me soon
Another cry calls out loud
And now I have to go
To get you, my love, my little one
Stubbing my f****** toe
You grab your blankie from the bed
You sweetly reach out for me
I lift your 30 pounds up
Breaking my fragile back completely
I settle you into our king size
Your little face nuzzles in
I try to get back my own spot
…I give up, I can’t win
I sleep with the dog at the end of the bed
Your little feet smooshing my face
I would give anything to sleep for a moment
But then you find me to embrace
I take back my thoughts and snuggle you tight
Knowing this won’t be forever
But then you toot and the room fills
Which I can no longer endeavor
I see the light through the curtain
It’s acceptable to get up, right?
The coffee machine sounds beautiful
Maybe sleep will come tonight?
I hear the door creak open
As you and daddy make your way
I smile and sip my coffee
As you yell, ‘HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!’
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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