Sleep

standard February 18, 2008 9 responses

On behalf of my poor wife who should be sleeping right now, I am going to write this post. For the past 6 1/2 months, my wife has not slept. I believe there has only been one night where she slept more than 6 hours. I don’t know how she functions. You are probably asking why I am sleeping… well, that’s because I (1) don’t have breasts (thank god) an (2) my wife somehow does not sleep through the crying of either of our two kids. In addition, she has to handle my snoring (which I have yet to accept as truth without an actual audio recording).

For those who have spoken personally with my wife during the daylight hours, you would have no idea that she hasn’t slept. In fact, somehow, she is able to remember all the things that I forget and then she reminds me that I forgot them.

Now for a little history about me and sleep. If I ever get less than 6-8 hours of sleep the following mood changes occur without failure:
grumpiness
forgetfulness
more grumpiness
basically can’t function on any level
at some point I can’t even have a conversation without my eyes beginning to droop
and drool leaking from my mouth
did I mention grumpiness?

Anyway, everyone raise a glass of water and Simply Sleep (which by the way she can’t take because she is breastfeeding) to the woman who has learned, was born with or simply forced to deal with the fact that she can still be an amazing wife, mother, worker,writer and everything else without one of the most necessary human functions!

This is inspired by the Sunday Scribblings prompt – Sleep (and/or Teeth)
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9 responses

  • Oh, I so get the grumpy. Fine job!

  • You gotta sleep! Happy mommy=Happy Baby.

    May I suggest a few things? I am not saying these are all the best options but desperate times….

    Let L cry it out. Yes it may wake C and for a few days it may totally suck in your house but in the long run????

    Give L only water at night and no snuggling!

    Rose–wake Dad up and let him give her formula at night. I know formula is not “the best” but you gotta get back on track and catch up on some sleep.

    These are merely suggestions. I so remember what it was like to be in those shoes. Not fun.

    Thinking of you!

  • Yikes, 6 months of sleep deprivation. That’s great that your wife is handling it so well.

  • oh rose, i have seen you in daylight and you look great for someone having no full-night’s sleep in 6 months!

    i agree with momma to lg … make m get up and give you some sleep. you’re letting him get away with too much. i learned from my mistake with my first born and this time around, my hubby pitched in.

    hang in there!

  • I’m with you. How do they not wake up with the crying? How does it happen? And from the pictures you’ve posted, you LOOK FANTASTIC for not sleeping.

  • I just think it’s endlessly sweet that you can appreciate her sleep-deprived awesomeness! Great post!

  • I went for nearly a decade on less than four hours of sleep a night. It started when I was pregnant with my first child. I finally turned to medication for help. Ambien was heaven, but it made me crazy. After some tinkering, my doctor finally found a low-dose medication that works for me. I have to believe that the health risk of any medication, outweighs the damage I was doing by not getting any sleep.

    I hope that once the kids stop crying and those breasts are retired, that your wife will sleep!

  • I agree with all the above comments.. and what a sweet post M!

    I have no advice.. other than we can relate with being nervous about crying it out with #2 now that we have #1 who needs her sleep.

    Good luck!

  • Aren’t our women wonderful! Uncomplaining – well, usually, and totally selfless. Actually I am beginning to show signs of man-breasts! ot a lot of use though!

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