Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Sleep is an urban legend

Ah, morning. The time of day when you get breakfast in bed, the coffee is magically brewed, and you get to wake up at your leisure, swaddled in decadent Egyptian cotton sheets..... if you don't live at the Monster House.
At the Monster House, I am gently awakened at approximately 12:30 am each morning by the whispery soft screams of #6, "Mom-UH! MOM! Mooooooooooooooooom! Show! Bub-uss! Mom-UH!" Loosely translated, that means, "Wake up this instant, replay my Disney movie, and oh~ while you're at it, I need a refill on my almond milk. STAT! OR ELSE!" I have learned that the twinnies never make an idle threat. Take more than 6.2 seconds to wake up and get to the nursery, for example, and there will be hell to pay.


The goal here is to get in and get out BEFORE the screams are shrill enough to crack glass and wake everyone else in the house. The reality is, I have a #6 who clearly believes that 12:30am is the perfect time of day to wake up and start playing. Last night? Yeah. Last night was a good night. He was only up until 230 am and did NOT wake his brother. Or the Daddy. This is progress.

However, since we are on the "off cycle" for the clonidine fairy, this Momma is one tired bunny.  I fantasize about sleep. I longingly envision nap time.Sleepy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is my hero. Maybe I'm developing narcolepsy.
 Am I a tad whiny today? You bet. Am I being all self centered and cranky? That would be affirmative. Why? Cuz it's my blog and I'll whine if I want to......

Okay. I want to hear all the horror stories from Moms in the trenches. How much sleep do you typically get each night? I'm ready to throw parties at breakfast if I get 4-5 hours. Usually it's more like 1-3 hours per night. I'm SO over it. Tell me your ugliest, most vivid sleep deprivation stories. In some weird, twisted way, I think it will make me feel better to know I'm not alone.
All photos and animations in this post by photobucket, as usual!


Lori @ In Pursuit of It All said...

I am SO not answering this question. You will hurt me.

But I have all teenagers. So, life is WAY different.

Cherry Rolla said...

I was just asking ab this last night on twitter.My almost 4yo is the wailer I am thinking she is having night terrors. After she ends up in my bed she ask for a drink and to watch tv. Then she wakes up the 10mo. As I am feeding him the 7yo will wake up bc he is one who goes to bed and wakes up early with no problem. But I often fall asleep on the couch sitting up and fully dressed. I am pretty sure my H had thinks I moved out of our room on the nights I pull out the sofa bed.

RacersMommy said...

Heck where do I start?

After two years of struggling with Racer and his sleep issues, staying up till 2am and waking at 7am. I finally get him to bed at perhaps midnight if I'm lucky. Meanwhile in that space of time the damage is done to my sleep.

In addition I have a 1yr that since birth still doesn't sleep thru the night. So like yesterday night when I managed thru the power of screaming "GO TO BED" I got all the kids to sleep before 10pm to then dive into my own bed and get laughed at by the baby who said with her baby mind and look "haha lady you aren't sleeping tonight" When she finally went to bed I turned on the heaters set them for 4hrs, laid down only to be awoken by the alarms and those damn heaters mocking me by still being on when I woke up.

Big Daddy Autism said...

I only get about 12 - 14 hours a night sleep. But I make up for it with multiple naps throughout the day.

Caryn said...

BD, I love ya... but I'm going to have to kill ya. You understand, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

If it helps, I haven't had 8 consecutive hours sleep in at least 2 years. I was so uncomfortable when pregnant that I could barely sleep. Then when the twins were born they tended to wake at intervals of less than an hour, *alternately*, so I would only ever get about 20 mins before another interruption! I always think being awake and furious is so much more stressful than just being awake though. I found once I accepted them waking a lot and just arranged them so they could nurse easily, it kind of got easier. Astonishing what you can get used to! They do now sleep longer stretches ( 10 months old) and I never have to get up! My 4 yo with ASD used to wake and be lively in middle of night but settled down grand in her own room at 3.5 yo. I guess this phase will pass...although in the meantime I could certainly use a nap .... I find 3 kids hard work so you are amazing with 7! Good Luck!

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