Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sleep is the word...

Sleep Sleep Sleep. This is the buzz word for mommies. "How is she sleeping?" "Are you getting any sleep?" "How many hours does she sleep at night?" Sleep is the number one most talked about thing when it comes to a new baby. It makes sense though, because if baby ain't sleeping, ain't nobody sleeping.
In our house the world revolves around the little lady's sleep cycle. I always swore I would never be one of those moms whose world turns around their baby's schedule. Of course, that was before I actually had a baby. Now I understand why there are sleep nazi mommies out there. If the baby does not sleep then life is chaos. On days when Alice decides napping is no fun, I am miserable. I count on those sweet minutes of peace to get as much done as possible. When she does not sleep I am at a loss because then that time gets used for bouncing, swaying, and shushing a crying and tired baby. I don't get it. I know she is exhausted. She knows she is exhausted. Yet she tries her best to not sleep. She fights and fights, falling asleep in my arms then those little eyes snapping back open as soon as I lay her down. We joke that she is a combo of us--afraid she will miss fun like Dad and grumpy when she is tired like me. Bad mix for those trying to put her to sleep. The more we try to lull her to sleep the angrier she gets. Then right when you think she may never sleep again, she puts her hand over her eyes, does a few grunts and is out.
I should not complain because my sweet girl sleeps basically all night long. A few times a week she may wake at 6am for a quick snack then right back to sleep, but most nights she is down for the night by 8 and sleeps until 7:30 or 8. And it is wonderful. Having a full night's sleep makes all the difference between crazy mommy and sane mommy. That being said, are two 45 minute naps a day too much to ask for? Just those short little naps enable me to get a lot done in a little bit of time. Sometimes I think I am breaking world records with how fast I can do things when I know I am borrowed time.
When I talk to other mommy friends sleep is always one of the main topics. It is hard not to be jealous of those who have nice long two hour naps in the middle of the day. I daydream of everything I could get done if that happened at our house--long showers, hours of work, nails painted. Yet, those same moms I envy for naps probably envy me for full nights of sleep. I will just count my blessings in the form of nighttime hours slept and stop comparing my baby to every other baby in the world! One must appreciate the good things in life--and nothing is sweeter than seeing my girl sleeping soundly with her arms thrown over her head and a smile on her little face.

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