Let me start by saying this is something I'm
With that said up front, there is absolutely NO feeling sorry for yourself, getting offended, angry, or annoyed. NONE OF IT!
If you are likely to be any of those things stop reading right now, also please don't comment you big haters. I warned you to leave so from here on out - only positive, you go girl, you're soooo right, comments.
Also you can save it about all the unsafe sleeping conditions my kids are in above in the fancy collage I made.
Here I go.
I just don't care about sleep that much.
I don't stress if the kids get too little of it or too much of it.
I don't stress if I get too little of it or too much of it.
I don't stress about "sleep training" or "self-soothing." My kids don't "cry it out"... much (unless I'm showering, in the bathroom, or sleeping through their cries).
I don't search the internet for ways to make your baby sleep longer, or buy the formula that (allegedly) stops babies from crying (side note: really formula companies? really? that's a little low isn't it? trying to convince sleep deprived parents that there is some magic baby formula that STOPS babies from crying? really?! no duh. they already invented it and it's called nyquil. You're not supposed to give it to your kids.)
I don't get all worked up if our day starts at 3am.
I don't get all celebratory if it starts at 9am (because let's face it, it never does).
I try to be thankful for every waking AND sleeping moment. *try*
Let's get to the reason for the post.
This morning the day started at 3:38am.
D was screaming in his bed,
"WHY DO WE HAVE TO DRIVE OFF THE HIGHWAY INTO OUR BEDS?!" (x1,000).
<my son seems to have inherited my husband's nonsense sleep talking. honestly it's hilarious - and when it's A I try to keep the conversation going as long as possible. one time the two of them were arguing in the bathroom. D was awake trying to go to the bathroom, A was yelling at him to stop "bugging him about his projects." D is 3, has no projects, and woke up to pee... let's celebrate it shall we dear?>
Anyway this morning, D would not be satisfied until everyone was awake.
Baby awake, nursed, awake to play.
Daddy awake, alarm (which was set for 4am to go to work anyway) off, out to shovel.
Mommy awake, drinks coffee daddy put on.
D back to sleep - sucker. Missed ALL the early morning fun he started!
Everyone else awake.
You know what... it just isn't that bad.
What you're up early? Smells like an early rest time this afternoon.
What you won't nap or rest? Smells like an early bed time.
Go to bed late? (eh got nothing for this... they are still up early... see "up early").
Still not that bad.
Ever heard of movies and popcorn (organic, non-gmo, air popped)? GREAT for days no one will do anything you want them to do.
Ever heard of an extra large coffee (me either until I had kids!)?
You can function.
You will make it.
Get the heck over it.
There are days I am tired. Certainly today when I have 4 boys under 4 for a 5 hours alone in my care on 3 hours of sleep, I will be tired. But it just doesn't matter that much.
It seems like no matter how much OR little sleep I get OR don't get - I still survive.
I never heard of anyone DYING from too little sleep. <and if someone did - I don't want to hear about it Mistress Mary Quite Contrariers>
I have heard (a lot) of people complaining about too little sleep. Complaining about the sleep they NEED, the sleep they CAN'T get for xreasons, the SLEEP the children they have are costing them.
But really? What's the ABSOLUTE worst thing?
That sounds terrible.
It's almost as terrible as... hungry, homeless, motherless, hurt, sick, sad, humorless, waterless (not a word), microwaveless, coffeeless, etc.
It's not so terrible.
Considering trading your kids in? No? Ok. So get over it. That's all I'm saying.
It's not THAT bad.
Maybe it's just that I'm tired.
(**disclaimer... One Organic Mama hasn't napped in 4 years, gets an average of 4 hours of sleep a night, and has thalaseemia which causes her to be more tired than you are. Please don't take anything she says to heart. She is freaking exhausted.)