There is nothing more important right now than your rest and self-care, because if you don't take care of you, you can't take care of anyone else. Being insane isn't going to help you be a better mother.
Sleep when they sleep... and when they don't sleep, lie down with them so you're resting and they're not being stimulated by noises or activities. Eat frequent small meals made of simple, good food (not potato chips or engineered coffee 'creamer' or pop and freezer pizza --food, like an apple and a piece of cheese, or plain yogurt and 3 fresh strawberries). Get outside every day, but you need not go further than your front yard or balcony. Just step outside for 2 minutes. Breathe out all the way. Drink lots of fresh water, even if you don't 'like' it. You may be surprised.
GET HELP. People want to help, and feel good doing it --so let them. Ask them to bring food, fold laundry, wash dishes, give you a backrub...
at 12:02 PM on Jan. 20, 2011