1. says:

    January 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    With all the studies coming out lately linking lack of sleep to obesity, hypertension, heart disease, etc. you’d think they’d acknowledge why moms have it so hard… Anyway, I’m glad you finally got some rest! 🙂

  2. Sharryn says:

    January 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

    The funny thing is, I would read your blogs and only now could I fully and totally relate to one. I was so pissed last night when I was still up with a screaming colicky baby at 7 a.m. (since 1 a.m. mind you) and my husband was snoring. SNORING! I wish he would grow some breasts and help me out so I can snore, too.

    • says:

      January 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

      May the force be with you. I feel your pain. My memory may be depleted as hell, but nothing erases the memory of staying up ALL night with a colicky baby. Martha is right. He will sleep one day. You will wonder how you survived it, but you will.

  3. says:

    January 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Sleep deprivation is the cause of a lot of health issues. I just love hearing a doctor say, “Get more sleep and you will get better.” That is when I want to walk in with the boys and say, “Here you go. I will see you in 7-10 days after I have caught up on my sleep.” I also want to say, “It’s not that easy, asshat. If it were, I would be sleeping 8 fucking hours every night.” Ugh.

    The boys sleep with us and of course my husband could sleep through a hurricane, so he hears nothing that goes on in the room at night. For instance, last night, Boogie having 4 dry heaving episodes due to the flu. And Little Bear sitting up several times. Then laying down, rolling side to side, and sitting up again. All the while, my dear husband is comatose.

    It is true for mothers, sleep was a luxury pre-pregnancy. Pregnancy does count. I was a pee machine so I was up at least 4 times a night and then had one pregnancy where the baby decided night time was the time to have a mosh pit in my belly. The other pregnancy, my blood pressure got so high that I couldn’t sleep. And of course the one position that lowered my blood pressure was the most uncomfortable and made me have even more trouble sleeping. Good times.

    I guess we will get sleep when they are teenagers and want to sleep in until 11am every morning and have thier own bed. Good times, good times. Another one of the joys of parenting. I love my boys more than life, but a good night of sleep for a mama isn’t that much to ask for.

    • Martha says:

      January 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      All so very true. Luckily for me, Toyin gets her overnight without me, and he has to be the nighttime parent. So he understands, I think.

      And I can’t believe I forgot about the high blood pressure thing during pregnancy! Yes, I had it too. And side-lying on the left side, ONLY, sucks! Ugh. I remember telling myself to feel lucky I wasn’t on bed rest. My hypnobirthing instructor was on bed rest for like five months and had to stay on her left side 24/7. I would have gone insane. Seriously.

      • says:

        January 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

        Bed rest sucks ass. I was on bed rest for the last 12 weeks of pregnancy with Little Bear. So, it was me and Boogie who was not quite 2 yet (He turned 2 the month before little brother was born). All I could do was lay around, watch movies with him eat snacks and color. If I got up and did to much I would start labor. Good times! Pfft!

  4. Amanda says:

    January 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    LOL I hear you Martha! Glad you got to rest. The constant sleep deprivation makes me crabby and short tempered, no fun for anyone.

    I used to lie when people asked if my daughter was sleeping through the night, yes of course she is. When I said “no, she nurses 5 times” everyone had a different idea about what would make her sleep through the night. Bore me to death. I’d like to punch my obgyn right in the face for every time he told me during my pregnancy that I would be getting more sleep once I had my daughter…the liar!

    What’s even more annoying I have a 3yr that’s been having night terrors for more than a year. It’s awful, scary, and upsetting for everyone. At this point the newborn sleep schedule was soooo much better!

    • Martha says:

      January 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      Yup! I hate it when well-meaning people give me “parenting” advice. I lie a lot too when it comes to stuff like this. But not with my mama friends. And apparently, not with the internet either. LOL

      That sucks that your baby is having night terrors. The thought of it terrifies me too! I hope it gets better soon. I’ve heard that night terrors can be interrelated with potty training. Maybe? Just a thought.

  5. says:

    January 26, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Sleep deprivation is the bitch who has been sucking the life out of me for the last twenty-five years. I took so many elbows to the face last night it is a miracle that both of my eyes aren’t black. (I believe the two prior sentences just might be the opener to my next blog. Thanks for the inspiration.) Did I mention changing the sheets at midnight after O’s pull-up leaked all over the bed? How bout the times I got up to fill her sippy cup and take her to pee? And the three times that I got up to pee because, after having three kids, my bladder is absolutely void of elasticity? As an example of the mushiness of my brain, when I was reading your post, I wondered why people would be smoking in an office wearing a paper dress. Duh.

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