You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup

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Have you ever heard the saying, ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup?’ I’m here to tell you that I think that is BS. If you are a mother, you can pour from an empty cup. You HAVE to pour from an empty cup because sometimes you ARE an empty cup!

I’ve recently put this to the test. My five month old daughter was hospitalized for RSV. It was the most stressful week of my life. I got a total of 5 hours of sleep in 3 days. (Not an exaggeration.) I hardly ate or drank anything the entire time we were in the hospital because I was there by myself most of the time. I handled almost everything alone. My cup was empty, I was empty. But somehow, I kept pouring. Every little thing my daughter needed I was there. I was alert. Delirious, but alert. I never let her see how tired and beat down I was.

As I sat there in the hospital bed with my baby girl, covered in her vomit and mucus, all I could think was how I would do anything in the world to keep her safe. How even though, I feel I have nothing to give, I would still give everything I could to her. My body was so tired from no sleep, and sharing a hospital bed with my baby, but if she wanted to be held, I held her. If she wanted to nurse, I nursed her. If she wanted to play, I played with her. I have no idea how I was able to do this. No idea how I didn’t just pass out on the floor and die. I really thought I was going too.

This is why moms are superheroes. We defy the odds. We go against the laws of nature. If it comes down to it, we don’t need sleep. Moms don’t need to eat. We don’t need to shower. A mother will do WHATEVER it takes to keep our little ones safe. Even if that means giving more than we have to give.

I know, I know, when given the opportunity we need to take care of ourselves. But in a situation like this, there was no taking care of myself, and somehow I still was able to give. I hit rock bottom, then kept digging. Because I am a mom. I’ll never stop. I’ll never quit. I will drink a cup of nasty hospital coffee and force myself to squeeze a drop of something into my “cup”.

When God created women he put something in our hearts that activates when we become a mother. Something that kicks in when our children need us. He created us to be able to give when we have nothing. I can’t tell you how it works. I can’t give you advice on how to keep on giving. It’s just something inside of us that happens. Most of all it happens when you love someone more than you love yourself.

This is why I believe you CAN pour from an empty cup.

Have you ever been in a situation like this? Have you ever felt like an empty cup? Let me know in the comments!

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thistoddlerlife - February 20, 2017 Reply

You are SO right! Us women do have something special in us. I hope your sweet baby is doing better this week <3

    Super Sirrious Mom - February 20, 2017 Reply

    Thank you! She is doing much better!

    Donnie Sicotte - September 21, 2018 Reply

    I truly treasure your work, Great post.

sjordan425 - February 20, 2017 Reply

Boy do I ever relate to that. Even as a grandma, the empty cup keeps giving.

Krista Bel - February 20, 2017 Reply

I’m not a mom but when while taking care of my siblings I gave and gave until I almost collapsed one day. It took a toll on my education and I didnt realise how much weight I’d lost. I see my mom do it everyday for me. Mums are superhuman indeed.

    Super Sirrious Mom - February 20, 2017 Reply

    Wow! That’s awesome that you helped! You definitely forget to take care of yourself!

      Krista Bel - February 20, 2017 Reply

      Yea.. i guess my mom genes kicked in a little too early

tkmom18 - February 22, 2017 Reply

I can so relate-our baby was hospitalized with whooping cough at five weeks and it was non-stop stress, no sleep, but you’re right we moms just keep on giving! Thank you for sharing and way to go momma!

Jessica Sheppard - February 22, 2017 Reply

Such a great post…so true, moms are def amazing! They just know things and have an enormous capacity to do what’s needed when it’s needed. Huge shout out to all the moms who keep giving when they are running on empty!

savagesevenblog - February 22, 2017 Reply

I totally agree because my cup is usually empty and I find something to pour out of it or scrap what is left lol. Cute post

Michelle - February 23, 2017 Reply

Such a great post, women try to do everything with never thinking of themselves .

    Super Sirrious Mom - February 23, 2017 Reply

    Yes, it’s hard to think of ourselves when we have to give so much to others!
    Thank you for reading!

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