Sleep interrupted

standard October 29, 2009 4 responses

It’s early, really early. The birds haven’t even started up their daily cacophony outside our window. I’m sleeping the really deep sleep of someone who went to bed way too late and knows that she has to sleep hard because she isn’t going to sleep long.

Little L’s cry roused me partially and I listened out to see if she was just crying out in her sleep. She cried out again and coughed. I listened more closely. She coughed again, harder, and I dragged myself out of bed. I’m still sleepy and I keep my eyes at half mast. If I can get through this interruption without waking up all the way it’ll be that much easier to slide right back into sleep.

Once in the girls’ darkened room I make my way to Little L’s crib where I find her sitting up, looking confused. I hand her a sippy cup of water which she grabs. She gulps at the water and holds the cup out vaguely in my direction. Her head is drooping; she’s as awake as I am.

“Hey babe, let me change your diaper, then you can go back to sleep,” I murmur. She nods sleepily and lies down without complaint. I quickly change her and zip her back up. Long before I’m done her eyes slide shut, and she barely notices when I tuck her blanket snuggly around her.

“Sleep tight,” I whisper as I tiptoe back to the door. I’m still drowsy, another moment and I’ll be back in bed.

“Mama?” Her sleepy voice calls from the crib. I pause, holding my breath. If I stay up much longer I won’t be able to go back to sleep.

“Yes, babe?”

“Mama, I wuv you.”

I smile and slip out of her room. I rarely get to sleep through the night, but sometimes there’s more to life than sleep.

Happy Love Thursday everyone. May your nights always be filled with love.

Sleep glorious sleep

standard July 13, 2009 2 responses

I know that one isn’t ever supposed to blog this stuff. It angers all the wrong powers that be. But really, what happened this weekend was so monumental that I really can’t keep it to myself.

This weekend Little L slept.

I mean, doy she slept. She often sleeps. But she rarely sleeps all. night. long.

The last two nights she went to bed (without a fuss) at 7:30 and woke up at 8.

8!

This is the kid who is usually up by 6:45. And sometimes at 5 before that. And sometimes 11, or 12, or maybe 1 too, you know, just for good measure.

But this weekend there were no night wakings. None. And she woke up after C both mornings and after me on Saturday! That’s just unheard of.

And to what do we attribute this amazing streak of sleep filled nights?

Uh, well, we have no clue.

We were at the beach for the weekend, so it’s possible that the sound of the ocean lulled her, but every other night that we’ve spent there has been a sleep disaster that usually ended with her in our bed.

Both days were action packed and fun and ended with a hearty meal, some serious cuddling, and our usual evening routine. Like every other day in our lives.

She had the same naps she always does. The same stuffed animals. The same milk. The same pacifiers. Same. Same. Same. And same.

We’re back home now and I have no delusions that the streak will continue. Troubled sleepers don’t turn over a new leaf over night. In fact, just to prove that my fears were founded, Little L had a hard time settling down tonight and I have no doubt she’ll be up sooner rather than later.

That’s OK though. I had two blissful nights of uninterrupted sleep, which were great while they lasted.

Playing catch-up again

standard May 15, 2009 4 responses

My to do list is probably two full pages long by now. I’d have to sit down and write it all out to know for sure, but I don’t have the energy to make the list. Which is really OK because I don’t have the energy to do what’s on the list either.

I don’t know what’s going on with me. Could be that we’re back in sleepless hell, could be this darn diet I’ve been on for almost three weeks, but I’m constantly dragging. Seriously, last night I went to bed at 9:30 and I woke up at 7:30 just as tired as I’d been before going to bed.

I’m hoping that this slump has everything to do with being tired and that all I need is a couple good nights of sleep to get back in the groove. I was doing so well and was feeling so in control and on top of things, it’s frustrating to be falling behind again.

It seems so unfair, isn’t eating healthy and exercising supposed to give you more energy, not less?

Weekly Winners – Sleeping Beauties

standard March 22, 2009 17 responses

Some weeks there’s so much running around that I never get to pull out my camera and snap a good shot or two of the girls. Nothing wrong with waiting until they’re asleep, right?
I bring you my Weekly Winners – nothing sweeter than sleeping beauties. Don’t forget to check out Sarcastic Mom’s site for other great Weekly Winners participants.

One little sleeping princess…
And her little sister…
Sleeping the sleep of the innocent.