Isn’t motherhood great? Your body goes from functioning on 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep, to less than 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep (if you’re lucky) with a bunch of power naps until night time and you get to go through this whole sleep deprivation thing again.
When I was pregnant, people would tell me “make sure to get enough sleep now while you still can”, which made me want to punch them in the face. None the less I did. (Sleep, not punch them in the face.) But even with the solid 12 hours of sleep a day during the last 4-6 weeks before Logan came, somehow I am now still tired? Eh I must have understood them wrong. I thought the hours would accumulate and when baby is here and I am super tired, I just cash in on like 6 hours and suddenly I have this jolt of energy.
In all seriousness, I have to be honest, mother tired is a whole different tired. I remember when I was younger we’d go out and party until about 6 am, sleep for 3 hours, meet up for breakfast and then spend the day next to the beach and go out again that night. Eventually after 3 days I’d sleep for about 8 hours straight (with snack breaks in between) and I was able to function properly.
Now with baby Logan, I can’t seem to make it past 9 pm. He usually sleep from 6 pm to 5 am and wakes up for snack breaks at 11 pm, 2 am and around 5 am he starts talking and waving his hands to make sure we know it’s time to get up. Some nights it feels like I barely slept at all, but give me a chance to sleep for 2 hours a day during his nap time and it turns into Russian Roulette. Will I be able to nap, or will I just lie there and stare at the dust accumulating around the blades of the ceiling fan, while making multiple to-do lists for various parts of the house in my head?
And yet with the bare minimum amount of sleep we’re still able to function and not only that, we’re able to run an entire household and raise other people.