World’s cutest cause of sleep deprivation:
A diary, of sorts:
3:45 a.m. — Huh, that was a funny dream! (Something about searching for a donut that was also a churro…) Why am I awake? Eileen slept through her 1 a.m. feeding! Guess I’ll go to the bathroom.
3:48 a.m. — Pulls covers over self and settles back to…
3:50 a.m. — Awakened by sweet suckling sounds coming from the crib nook. Damnit.
3:50 – 4 a.m. — Nurse baby, thankful that this time around it’s relatively quick and easy. (With Emmett, breastfeeding was a struggle.)
4 – 4:30 a.m. — Get on the mental hamster wheel of tomorrow’s to-do list. Resist picking up my phone to start responding to messages.
4:30 a.m. — Fall asleep. Dream about having awkwardly long armpit hair.
5:20 a.m. — Is that my toddler whimpering? How does Joe not hear that? Wake my husband up so he can be the snuggle parent. Go back to sleep. Sort of.
6 a.m. — Damn you, alarm. Damn, you. I’m just going to silence this.
6:05 a.m. — Oh, you want to nurse again, baby? Showering in the morning is overrated, I guess…
This is also pretty much any mother of a baby and toddler, and it could be so, so much worse. Like Sunday night, when I started ralphing, then a few hours later Joe was, and then in the middle of the night Emmett threw up all over his bed. All. The. Laundry. Eileen remained her happy, squealy self and had no interest in cuddling quietly with the rest of us.
Sleep has been on my mind this week, like a sweet, sweet mirage. We finished up our final Mini Medical School session on Tuesday night at DMU with a lecture from Dr. Aoki, one of our faculty clinicians, about the science of sleep. It was super interesting, and of course I listened to it while drinking coffee at 8 p.m., then went home at nine and started finally watching the finale of Downton Abbey that we’d missed during puke-fest 2016 and stayed up until midnight. I was still paying for that last night.
DMU is actually going to be hosting a mini sleep symposium next month, coinciding with the launch of Arianna Huffington’s new book, “The Sleep Revolution.” Ms. Huffington herself won’t be here, but we’ll have a panel of experts, including Dr. Aoki, some fun sleep-related vendors and I believe even some book giveaways!