Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sabotage!

I will apologize in advance for the absence of any cute pictures in this post.  A warning: I am venting.
So, over the past three months I have discovered that night is just like day, except its dark outside.  I used to think it was a time when everyone slept and all was quiet and well, different from and perhaps even more magical than day; but its not. At my house, nighttime is just like daytime. People want to eat (meals or snacks), they have accidents, want to change their clothes (sometimes more than once), need help going to the bathroom, need their sheets changed, need help finding favorite toys or socks, having blankets put back on them when they wiggle around too much, want help making or fixing forts, and various other things I can't think of at the moment.  Nighttime is just like daytime, except I get to lay down and close my eyes in between tasks.

So tonight I am (hopefully) getting some girl time and so I decided that I would try to get a cat nap in this afternoon while M was down so I could try and get a little ahead of the game in case I get back a little late (hee hee!).  I was sabotaged!  I was continuously interrupted.  Every time I was almost asleep, someone woke me up.  After a very frustrating hour, I gave up.  So now here I am.  And you know where they are?  M is asleep, H is asleep, and K   is quietly coloring a picture of his favorite "Car" of the week: Boost.  Can someone tell my why it is that they choose to be quiet and self-occupied now that I am wide awake and any ideas I had of napping are far, far away?  Anyone?  Well, then I will go with my original thought: it was sabotage.   I guess moms just aren't meant for sleep.  One of these nights I know I will get to fall asleep at bedtime and I will stay there all-night (can you imagine?) and wake up to my alarm clock (instead of someone crying) and realize that I have been in my bed all night.  I know it will happen, someday.  Until then I guess I just have to settle for the fact that at my house, night is just like day.

I am now done venting.  I will put on a happy face, suck it up, and stop complaining.  I realize that I am not the only sleep-deprived mother (or person really) out there, so my self-pity is over.  But for those of you who are still here reading this: thanks for listening.  And in case you're bored tonight at 1ish, 3ish and 5ish am, I'll be up, so maybe we can chat?!  (Okay, okay I'm sorry, I really am done).

4 comments:

Cailean said...

I'm sure you've heard many times, just like I have, "oh these days pass quickly and you'll wish they were young again." And yeah, sure. But for now it's tough! I experience the same thing. I get horizontal at all (couch or bed) and it's like they sense it in the air and come treat me like a trampoline or jungle gym. Only when I was at my most pregnancy-sick was I able to muster out a pathetic sounding "Please stop!!!!" and they quietly skulked away to wreak havoc elsewhere. I figure it's just how it is to be a mother and we'll be rewarded one day, right????

Andrea said...

Emily--I am so glad to see you here!

I have often thought that one of the many things I was not prepared for when it came to parenthood was the lack of sleep. I function best with 9 hours--when do I get this--never.

A dream vacation for me doesn't have to include a beach, 80-degree weather or beautiful sunsets. Just a cozy bed that I can sleep-in in. Sounds nice doesn't it?

p.s. you don't look sleep deprived!

Braydan and Jessica said...

I'm sorry emily! I had no idea you were so sleep deprived. You always seem with-it and happy. Next time you need a nap, send your boys over for a few hours okay?

Anonymous said...

EMILY, ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS ONE WORD...."BENADRYL" IT'S LIKE A SPOON FULL OF SUGAR!!!! ( READ LABEL FOR APPROPRIATE DOSAGE). IT WILL GET YOU ALL SOME MUCH NEEDED SLEEP. IT SOUNDS CRUEL, BUT I SWEAR, I WAS LET IN ON THIS LITTLE SECRET FROM MANY OTHER MOTHERS. IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO~ I'M JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY. :)