Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I'll show you my circadian rhythm if you show me yours

12:06 am WHAT UP?

I get my best ideas at night. And then in the morning when I try and drag myself out of bed because the children want food or they want to not be wallowing in their own feces or whatever, I hate myself for staying up so late. It's a vicious cycle I tell you. Pretty soon you'll be telling me that one day I'll have to wake up even earlier to get the aforementioned children off to school or to football practice or band camp (we embrace all forms of nerd in this house), and I will hate you for speaking such hateful words. They can get themselves there or not go at all. 6 year olds can legally hitch for rides, right?

I am not good at early rising. It is my truth. 

My mother will testify to this fact, as will everyone who has ever had the luxury of interacting with me at 7 am. Having kids has been sort of a rude baptism into reality since newborns and babies don't exactly care what my sleeping preferences are. Turns out, I'm not so good at the newborn stage, really I'm terrible at it. Sleep deprivation and I are mortal enemies. Sometimes it seems like Fatty is still getting the hang of a regular sleep pattern, though most nights he does okay. He may be nigh unto 11 months old in the next week or two and yet I often find myself fighting off feelings of resentment when he wakes up before 8 am, which is always. If the Nub wakes up early I've found I can squeeze another 30 min to an hour of quiet if I turn on Curious George or Tom and Jerry and placate him with a bowl of dry cereal and a sippy of apple juice. When that's over he wanders in and orders "MOM GET UP" while unceremoniously throwing a cold glass of water in my face. I'm kidding, mostly. 

Of all the things we mothers sacrifice for our children, sleep might just be the one I value most; all of the blood and jeans that button comfortably are in there somewhere too lest you think I'm not keeping track, because I am. 

Tell me friends, because I am genuinely curious, how many hours of sleep do you get a night and how is that working out for you? Are you a nighttime genius like myself? Or do your pride yourself in the glory of the rising sun? 

Do you want to see a picture of my fat baby's kneecap? OKAY! Now that he can pull up on furniture and crawl and stuff, those fat days may be numbered. Let's all appreciate it while we can. 


20 comments:

whitneyingram said...

I might be awake at 1:05am, but I will again be awake at 7am. And if it was a hair-washing day, it would be 6:45. Luckily it isn't. I rise with the sun. For some reason, I am MUCH more productive. And productivity turns me on more than my husband ever could.

Normally, I am asleep, but like a bomb, I was hit with a huge wave of recipe ideas. I have been waiting weeks for this moment. My ideas seem to only come in huge spurts, and tonight is one of them. So awake I am.

BTW, this was all well-written. Sometimes I forget how good you are at this writing thing.

BTW squared, the green beans were fantastic. I just steamed them and seasoned them with Lawry's and olive oil and they were sublime. Thank you for keeping such a bounteous garden.

AzĂșcar said...

2:24 WHAT UP!

I don't know if this time of babydom counts, because I am all over the place. Usually I get about six hours of sleep, sometimes five. I'm a night owl. (Although I am competent and cheerful in the morning if I get 8 hours. I never get 8 hours.)

Out of four of us (baby doesn't count) 3 are night owls and 1 is an early riser. Sorry, eldest child, maybe you can call your grandpa? He's also up with the dawn. You two can hang out and do early morning things...whatever those are.

La Yen said...

I am not going to tell you how much sleep I get because I want you to still love me.

McKelle said...

Night girl for sure...and unfortunately, this new baby of mine is an early riser. Today it was 6 something. Luckily, I can get a few extra minutes of sleep while I feed him. Being able nurse while laying down has been a blessing for sure. My girls have always slept in, but they were/are also night owls. Little boy goes to sleep early, and I guess for that reason hates me to sleep in much later than 7.

Your baby's leg looks like one of those huge turkey legs people are always eating an renaissance fairs and stuff. Those legs need some nibbling for sure. I love a fat baby!

Lauren said...

I'm a night owl for sure. I really hate mornings. I'm up usually at 630 or 7 most days to get my daughter ready for school. However, 2 mornings I drag myself out of bed at 4:45, to head to boot camp. A good butt kicking is great most of the time. It makes for some longs days though, especially when I don't get to bed until at least 12. My kids have just learned to adapt (prior to the school years) and the cartoon thing is amazing to catch a few zzzs. :)

Fig said...

I need nine hours. Always have. And the greatest talent I have (truly, I am eternally proud of it) is that I can always fall back asleep. Always. So if the baby comes to snuggle me in the big bed in the morning and falls asleep? So do I. It's my saving grace. (We were in bed til nearly 11 this morning. That's not the norm, but it was awesome.)

I agree with you. Sleep is the hugest sacrifice, bigger even than time and nookie.

And that is a scrumptious kneecap.

Jill said...

okay, here's the honest truth...i don't know what i did in the pre-existence to deserve such angel sleepers, but all three of my children are amazing in that department. even tiny, at the tender age of 7 weeks was consistently sleeping through the night. before i had my first, i read babywise and have attempted to loosely follow the advise on schedules. my babies have all slept in their crib from day one and i've never allowed them in our bed or rocked them to sleep. call me a meanie, but they learn to self soothe and sleep soundly through the night. we're all happier in the mornings, which begin quite early for me. i've been training for my very first half marathon (this saturday)!!! so, early morning runs are now the norm and i'm beginning to cherish the quiet time i have alone with my ipod. but don't get me wrong, i also still cherish a good lazy sunday morning sleep-in as much as anyone.

fatty is scrumptious. completely and totally scrumptious.

Lindsey said...

to bed by 12 or 12:30 and up between 8-9 am. My kids just know not to bother me until at least 830-845 and praise the lord that the girls can't climb out of their cribs yet.

my 8 hours of sleep is precious....

Sol said...

I go to bed about 1 am. Cant sleep before that, it just doesnt happen. Up at 0630

I leave the house at 0730 for work.

I dont have babies or children.

By the looks of it from everyone elses comments, I dont sleep enough? or I get approx 5ish quality hours because we are sans kids and that is enough?

Your babies are super cute!

Laura said...

It's just so nice to put the kid(s) to bed and have a few more hours to unwind and get things done!! Right? I need 8 hours but I usually get 7. I also love to stay up late on Friday nights just because I can!

Nicoolmama said...

I get about six or seven hours of sleep a night...which still seems like so LITTLE To me!!

Oh how I miss the days when I could roll over, see it was 10am and keep sleeping...

But then I wouldn't have these joys, and the preciousness their life brings to mine.

fair trade? I think so.

Nicoolmama said...

PS Nom Nom Nom to your fatty's leg!! yumm-o, that kid is Cute!!

Elise and Danny Neilsen said...

Are you kidding me? Fattest baby I have EVER seen and I love it! His thigh might swallow his knee any day now. I get about 6 hours sometimes 7. I started getting up early again to run recently. I'm tired but I have realized that I'm a Mom and I'm gonna be tired for the next who knows how many years of my life. I realize if I'm up before my kids and do something for myself (like exercise) I am past being groggy and already have a handle on the day before they join me! I would love more sleep, but it's not happening.

Melanie said...

I agree with you. Sleep deprivation is the cruel torture of motherhood that I could do without before any other thing. I loathe having my sleep robbed. & I feel as if i haven't had a good solid night of sleep in about 4.5 years. This makes me grumpy in a way I hate to admit, because mom's are supposed to be willing to sacrifice crap for their kids. But I really resent them on this one.

I sleep about 5-6 interrupted hours a night right now. I work 2 jobs, so there's little I can do about this fact.

Some day... some day they'll be willing to get up and watch cartoons and get their own breakfast while I sleep in on the weekends, right? RIGHT?!

Anne-Marie said...

Well, I can not blame my sleep deprivation on anyone but my silly self. My last 3 babies have slept like angels from 2 months on. (don't hate me blog world-my first was horrible). I am a night owl. Always have been and always will be. Especially with kids. by the time they go to sleep, I still have a hundred things to do and watching bad reality television is one of them. We all unwind in our own way. Mine is mindless tv. I feel the best with 8 hours, but can survive on 7. Lately, I get around 6 1/2 because I am an idiot who stays up late, but has a running partner that I meet 5 days a week at 7:30 am. Oh well. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

jessie said...

I go in phases. Sometimes I require AT LEAST 8 hours (only if I am lucky, will i get it) and other times I can function off of 6-7. But with that being said, I like to stay up late because it seems like the only time I get to do anything I want to. I usually pay for it the next day though....

ps. Grant nor I am any good with sleep deprivation.....
Grant once rocked our dog to sleep thinking it was Crew. HAHAHAHA!

Mrs. Organic said...

I cannot nap. This sucketh mightily. Right now I average two 2 1/2 hour bits of sleep per night. I am the nightiest of night owls and I think it's because it's the only time it's truly quiet in my house.

I could squoosh Triple F.

coryshay said...

Best. Picture. Ever.

Love that kid. And...knock on wood, but the little mister is a much better sleeper than his sister is-even at 3 years old. I feel like I have gotten more sleep in the last 2 nights than I have in the last 3 years I tell ya. Knock on wood for me that this will stay. Or send positive energy out to the universe if you prefer to employ the powers of The Secret.

{natalie} said...

i don't like to get out of bed before 8 am. well usually i'm up b/w 7:30-8. BUT kade starts school soon and his bus arrives at 8:30 so obviously this will have to change. i think i will have to start going to bed around 9 pm.

ps those legs are killing me. he is adorable!

Annette Lyon said...

It's pictures like that that make me realize that no, I don't have babies anymore. (I live in serious denial.) I want to gobble him up.

Totally with you on the sleep thing. I've always needed around 9 hours. The only time I ever get it now is during summer break, and that's because the kids are old enough to wake up and not kill each other while I sleep.

But the school year is horrid. Teens = late nights, early mornings. Last year, a daughter had team practices at 5:45 AM. It just about did me in. This year, her schedule is such that for one semester, she needs to take early morning seminary. IN UTAH. There should be a law.