“Good morning sunshine!!”
This was my father when he would tease me as a teenager in the morning when I would get up about sleep. By morning, I mean around 11 am. This was, of course, on weekends, summer vacation or holidays. I am still not sure how I used to get up for school in the morning without much problem (my memory gets a bit hazy there!), but then again the snooze button was truly my friend!
I started to think about my sleep patterns when I was younger, because my older daughter has been sick and sleep again has become a rare and precious commodity. Before kids came into play, I loved sleep and even joked that I could make a sport or even a career out of it.
I remember how annoyed I would get if someone or something interrupted my precious sleep then. But that was then and this is now. I still love sleep, but unfortunately being a mother has changed all that for me. If you are a mother, then you probably have some idea what I mean about.
There are ways I would love to be awoken when sleeping and then are are ways I wouldn’t. Most of the ways I wouldn’t come in the form of my kids and even my husband sometimes.
So here are the Top 5 Ways I Have Gotten Awoken as a mom:
1. A Screaming Colicky Baby.
Nothing is worse then a baby that has colic, that wakes up screaming and crying. Chances are nothing you can say or do will calm this baby enough to stop for hours on end. Plus when the baby finally passes out, so may you right where you are standing. Hopefully it is your first baby and you can at least sleep for a bit. Even though this was almost 8 years ago, I don’t think I will ever forget those early, newborn, colicky, sleepless nights.
2. A Sick Baby/Child.
Here comes the next worst wakeup call and that is a sick child. Whether it is a fever, congestion or vomiting, this will also probably be a long night. I would say vomiting is up there as possibly being the worst. Why? Because not only do you have to comfort the said child, but now you have to clean up smelly puke. Not fun at all for anyone, especially mom!
3. A Potty Trained Child Having An Accident.
Another not-so-fun time is when your child wakes you up crying to tell you that they wet the bed. More cleanup duty for mom and this time it is urine-soaked linens. It’s a good thing washing linen isn’t that difficult. Seriously, when did I become the maid and laundress at 2 am, too! I honestly thank god that this stage is finally well behind us though here. If I never have to potty train another child, it will be too soon!
4. My Husband Snoring.
I used to dream of the day that I would share a bed with another that whom I was head over heels in love. But then came reality folks. My husband snores and it sounds like a freight train is going through our room some nights. Therefore I almost feel like that scene from My Cousin Vinny where he keeps getting awoken by a loud train at the same time every night. Don’t get me wrong, I love him. But not the snoring so much!
5. Husband Loudly Speaking That Your Child Is Up.
As if the child waking you up isn’t bad enough, now your husband needs to tell you that the child is awake and you need to move ASAP to do something about it. Seriously, this one burns my bridges sometimes and would love to physically assault him for this wake up call. Sorry, but I have anger issues when awoken this way!
Now, you probably have read this and thought what a horrible mother that she can’t muster up some sympathy for her sick children or loving husband. But seriously just once I would like to be left alone all night long, let to sleep in and be awoken with breakfast in bed. Ok, a girl can dream, but then again I am sure if this did happen I would still have to clean up the mess of dirty dishes in the kitchen!
So, better leave my dreams now and come back to reality. Maybe someday I will get to sleep all night again and past 7 am. Until then, I still have my memories!
Because I couldn’t resist, Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny. I picked this scene, because this is how grumpy I can get without sleep!