Ahhh sleep. When you get enough, the world looks so much better. You know how people say that things will be better in the morning. It has nothing to do with morning. It has everything to do with sleep. With the fact that you are more rested. Some people seem to need more sleep than others. Find what works for you . . . that perfect amount where you wake up feeling refreshed. Not too little (still feel tired) and not too much (feel groggy/sluggish).


And to all you parents out there who are laughing (or crying) at the sheer ridiculousness of the idea that getting enough sleep is even an option . . . I say, hang in there. Do your best. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend for a favor if you are in need of a good nap. Schedule “sleep vacations”. And know that eventually those kids will sleep through the night and, therefore, you will too. Although, let me warn you . . . at some point instead of “waking” you up, they will “keep” you up while you wait for them to come home from activities/dates. Let’s just hope that you can take naps on your lunch hour while they are in school to make up for the lost sleep. I’m thinking we all need a George Costanza bed under our desk just for napping. Who’s with me?

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6 Responses to Sleep

  1. Janey says:

    Ohhhh man, A-MEN! I think Ryan decided to get us “used” to being awake all night before Amelia came along. I need a sleep vacay until she’s born, please! :)

  2. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    Carol, I always say that I got less sleep with my teenagers than I did with babies. Oy vey. So many long, restless nights.

    • Carol says:

      I totally see what you mean, Terri. I’m just finding that out…. At least when they are babies we can hold them in our arms and know what they’re up to, right?? 😉

  3. Jan Jardine says:

    Carol, here’s what you do: Tell Brandon what time he has to be home. Then set a timer that will go off right at that time. You go to bed and sleep soundly. Here’s his job: when he gets home, he turns off the timer. If it goes off, that means he didn’t come home, and THEN you can wake up and freak out (or hunt him down). If he obeys and comes home on time (which I’m sure he always will), you get a good night’s sleep! I know, I know….some overachievers actually like to TALK to their kids when they come in at night. In that case, you can have him wake you up to chat about his big date, or you can pass on being Mother of the Year and hear all about it the next day.

    • Carol says:

      Oh, that’s brilliant Jan! Seriously, the timer thing is genius! Plus, I would so give up my Mother of the Year award to get enough sleep. Because I’d be rested and happy and would be a better mother anyway, right? (Am I just justifying here?) I have to know, did you really do that with your teens?

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