Shut Down, and other Common Ailments of the Working Mother/Writer

  1. Theresa says:

    I know I don’t have kids or a husband but sometimes I shut down as well. Maybe with all the job hunting and feeling bad about myself not being about to get anything or just to tire to keep moving on. That is when I can’t even get out of bed falling asleep while watching tv at 12 noon what the heck is that? I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well and I really hope you get feel better soon.

  2. jennifer121 says:

    Thanks, love! We all shut down and I think we need to embrace the feeling instead of always thinking we need to accomplish things. We need to tell ourselves it is ok up to a point. And never preface saying you don’t have kids and a husband – life is hard all the way around at every point in life. The good part? You have the best friends in the world who love you – like me!!!!

  3. I hear ya, Jennifer. I try to balance being a wife, mom and nurse with writing but it’s darn near impossible sometimes, lol! And having a cold makes you feel miserable 🙁 I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes I feel guilty for reading instead of writing, but we all need time to recharge, right?

  4. Hey! Love the new look. I know I’ve been out of it, but when did all this happen. The picture of Mom and kids is great!

    • jennifer121 says:

      HI Taryn, Thanks! Took an online class about blogging and I am trying to update it to make it a little more attractive/interactive. Still more to go but I am so glad you like it! Just did it so you did not miss much!

  5. Carol says:

    Ah, the shut down. Not just feeling tired, but also miserable, even if I know I have a good life, I can’t shake the feeling that I don’t. That kind of mood, as my friend’s mother used to say, should be treated like a cold: go to bed and sleep it off.

    ps. We’re toilet training now and sometimes I don’t change the sheets on a wet bed only to get wet again the next night. The plastic I’ve put on it protects the mattress underneath and I’ll let the sheets dry during the day and throw a towel on top so my son has a fresh layer to sleep on. Didn’t I read somewhere that urine is sterile? Don’t tell anyone.

  6. Carol says:

    Oops, just posted a comment but realize you might not know who I am – it’s Carol from The Kings and I (

    Hope you feel better in a couple of days.

  7. jennifer121 says:

    Hi Carol, Love it , love it, love it. I DID hear urine is sterile! And I do have plenty of mattress protectors on the bed already. Clever thinking! And of course I know who you are – I love your blog and check it regularly. Will link yours to mine. I feel better today because yesterday was so far gone there was no way to even salvage it. I am going to try desperately to get my boys out of the house to do anything – they need to run off some energy. Have a good week!

  8. Hey, Jennifer,

    Yep. I do it ALL the time. The messes my boys make. Ugh. I will get better though.

    I am sooooo glad you found me on my blog. E-mail me so we can keep in touch.

    Or I’ll just stalk you here. 🙂


  9. Wendy Marcus says:

    Hi Jen!
    I LOVE the new blog. It’s so YOU! I’m a little late in commenting so I hope by the time you read this you’re feeling better. It’s important to take time out for you. Your house will not implode if it’s not cleaned on a daily (or even weekly basis). I’ve tested this out. Your children will not suffer from eating pizza three nights in a row. When you feel a little stronger, get this bedwetting thing under control. Talk to your doctor, limit fluid intake after dinner, do not let them nap on the couch or even the carpet. Teach them to take time out to pee on a regular basis ie. before they sit down to watch a movie. It will make your life so much easier. And hang in there. I speak from experience when I say, “It WILL get better.”

  10. jennifer121 says:

    Thanks, Wendy – I wanted to personalize it a bit more. And thanks for the pep talk – still feeling like crap so called in sick. Jake actually did not wet the bed last night – hooray! My friend said he is sleeping so deeply since he started school that he’s now bed wetting and to try waking him up right before I go to bed and take him to the bathroom. Am going to try that. He doesn’t have accidents during the day and I don’t want to put him in a pull up – he may like it too much!!! Hope you have a good day!

  11. Paige Morgan says:

    I am currenlty in shut down mode. I can’t write, I have a million posts started and can’t get one finished. All I want to do is sleep and browse blogs. I am going to restart any minute now…

  12. jennifer121 says:

    OK, I completely understand – I am with you! It’s ok if you dont’ restart. I think you need a break. You are productive and amazing and need a night off. Take it. Let’s talk about a guest blog and maybe we can give each other a posting break – it will be fun. Read a book and watch a Lifetime movie – I promise it will get better!!!

  13. This happens to me all the time. In some periods of life more frequently than others – you are not alone in the shutting down.

    And you’ve got way more to cause a shut down than I do!

    • jennifer121 says:

      It is so nice to hear from you! I think we all shut down – it is part of being human – and what is amazing is the fortitude we all have to get back up again. Maybe not right away – but we always get up! Really liked your blog – will comment soon.

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