Yes, you read that right. Touched Out. Its a real thing, and more common than you may think.
As a mother, we know that we will be holding the babies, sleeping with them even. What no one talks about or at least I wasn’t told about is the fact that at some points we just get sick of the hands on us. Yes, we love baby and toddler lovins and snuggles. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about when you’re so stressed out from whatever it may be… and all the kiddos seem to want is to lay on you, touch you or grab your face.
For those who breast feed their littles I;m sure you feel this at times. I don’t and have never breast fed, so I can only go off my own experiences. I can say, its okay to feel this way. There isn’t a thing wrong with you. It happens to basically every mother I’ve ever know or met.
So, what can we do about this feeling? Honestly, I’m not really sure. I don’t have much to say other than its normal. You can try to advert the kids attention away from you.
With young babies its difficult. My best suggestions would be a play mat, rattles and toys that makes noise. Also, I found that HooplaKidz on Youtube worked great for my kiddos. Along with some shows on Netflix like Super Monsters, and basically all the Lego super hero shows they have (lol).
For toddlers, Oh man! Toddler Jigsaw puzzles are great and they are a quiet activity. Coloring books, and simple quiet fine motor skill builders are great also.
These kind of activities help give you a minute to yourself, but also help you babe learn and grow, DOUBLE MOM WIN!
To help yourself, I suggest a small self care.
Maybe a bath, drink and music. Or doing a face mask is a favorite of mine. For those of you that can get dad/ spouse/ significant other, to watch and hang out, take a drive alone. Walk around a store by yourself. Sometimes these simple yet very effective things can help prevent worse feelings and may even cure this moment of Touched Outness!
Leave a comment or email me with any tips or your stories!