by Julie Davidson
I recall before having kids so many people would say things to the effect of, “Enjoy those quiet nights of sound sleep. They’ll end.” Ahhhh…the sounds of unsolicited advice.
But it’s kind of true. Be honest. How much really good sleep have you had since you had kids? And this doesn’t include the ones you’ve had after having a glass of wine before bed. When I think back to before I had children, I remember staying up late. I’m talking way after the ten o’clock news. Just because I could. And then I’d sleep in until noon. Again, because I could.
Pregnancy and all of its discomfort has a way of bringing on the beginning of interrupted sleep. That bump on the front side makes for some rather uncomfortable sleeping solutions. Your back is sore, and you fidget back and forth from side to side. And even once you do find a comfortable position, thanks in part to your unborn child squishing what once seemed like a normal bladder, you spend much of the night making trips to the bathroom.
When the newborn arrives, sleep really becomes a precious commodity. You’ll never convince me that it’s normal to be woken up to a screaming voice every two to three hours for a few months. I understand it’s necessary and part of the cycle, but I gotta be honest, it scared the junk out of me. My baby was so angelic when he was asleep, but then, without notice, he’d wake up and cry until his face was three shades different from his own and the vein on his forehead would pop out. Hey, I like a midnight snack every now and then, but if I pulled that scenario, I’d be locked up.
So at some point you probably realized that it would be good for you and your family if you could get more sleep. But how? Your body and the kids seem to be in cahoots to keep you sleep deprived. You’re on call. All night. Every night. And even when a frightened voice doesn’t call out to you in the middle of the night because of a bad dream, your body magically just wakes up. For no reason at all.
Have you tried a Mom’s night away? It doesn’t have to be out of town or at a fancy hotel. Think “slumber party for moms.” Consider going just yourself overnight somewhere that no one will scare the living daylight out of you as they stand over your bed at 5:00 in the morning looking for breakfast. It’s likely the only thing someone will yell out in the middle of the night is, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”