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A Single Moms Vent
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Sleep Deprived Mom
I can't even tell you how many articles and blog posts I've read about how to utilize your time as a mom so you can get enough sleep. I've decided it's all crap. Once you first hold that kid in your arms, it's over.
Babies of course have the worst schedules, so you're up every few hours for feedings and random noises that wake you up. For those of you that have had a baby with health issues, such as colic (Colic is a condition where there are repeated bouts of excessive crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy. The definition doctors use is: a baby crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for at least one week.), know that it's very possible to lose your sanity without a few hours of sleep.
Moms, it doesn't stop there. You will never nap again. There is always going to be something. A child getting into trouble while you close your eyes for a few minutes is the least of your concerns.
I have a sleepwalker/sleep-talker and and a 2 am potty break queen that doesn't get up. She just starts crying until I escort her sleeping self to the bathroom. That's just me, and I thank God that I'm a light sleeper after catching my son walking out the front door at 1 am.
And then comes the hormonal preteen. They stay up late, over thinking things and start taking naps at odd hours all over again, so they think it's perfectly normal to wake you up to ask you a random question about why they need new clothes after you've been asleep for 30 minutes.
Teenagers... looking back and remembering that I used to be one, I've decided I'm never going to sleep again. Teens are getting so creative these days as far as getting out at night and getting in to some sort of trouble whether we know it or not. Remember those jerks that almost smashed your car and you couldn't help but want to choke them and wonder who let them pass drivers ed? Yeah, that's going to be your kid. I literally have no advice. I think about all of the things I remember doing as a teen, the insane things my classmates did, and the horrifying things I hear the "good kids" are doing... I find myself researching boarding schools and high-tech home security systems, right along with animal-type tracking implants with heart monitors and stuff that hasn't been invented yet.
I've reached the point that I can no longer contemplate my children going off to college so I'll end on this note: I'll sleep when I'm dead.
Posted by Heidi Steinhagen at 6:08 PM
Labels: addiction, anxiety, battle, car safety, depression, emergency preparation, family, fear, friends, health, kids, life, Mental health, mom, single mom, sleep, sleep deprivation, strong, wellness, widow
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Amen. "Sleep while the baby sleeps" is the biggest load of b.s. who's going to wash the baby's bottles and clothes? #2 doesn't even get proper burp cloths. He's lucky if we have tissues in the house otherwise I'm using his pj sleeve. Also sleep deprivation is literally a form of torture. "Baby keep you up all night" is nothing to laugh about. I don't need your empathy or assurance that I'll survive like you did, I need your help. Cook a meal, borrow the toddler, come over and fold socks with me. #ItTakesAVillageReplyDelete