We seem to have phases around here in which sleep is a luxury just out of reach. Guess what. We’re in that phase. This weekend I felt like the most exhausted mom on the planet. Jake wasn’t exactly well rested either.
This is wonderful for family harmony.
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I will never take sleep for granted ever again in my life.
In many ways I’m lucky, my kids *mostly* sleep through the night and very rarely fight bedtime. However. This weekend was the exception to those generalizations, and all at once! Yippee.
Friday night I brought the pain upon myself by staying out way past the bedtime of any sane parent of small children. It wasn’t a wild, crazy night of debauchery – but the night did end in the drive thru of Taco Bell at 1am, so there’s that. Diabetes has not been playing nicely lately, so I was up a couple times to correct blood sugar issues in the small amount of sleep hours allotted to me.
Here’s where I give a shout out to my saintly husband for volunteering to drive Friday night and waking up with the kids Saturday morning.
He’s taken ladies!
Last night was another brutal one. At some point both girls wandered into our room needing snuggles and songs. Don’t get me wrong, toddler snuggles are probably one of the greatest things on the planet but it’s hard not to resent the peaceful sleep they seem to be experiencing while your arm slowly falls asleep and your nose is itching.
So between the snuggles and the diabetes, Jake and I were well acquainted with the twilight hours.
Both girls were up and ready for the day at 6am. They seemed so well rested.
Jake and I? Well let’s just say we tried. And failed.
The weather was beautiful today, so we attempted to rally and headed out for a hike. Should we have stayed home? Maybe. Perhaps.
Going on a Hike
We headed over to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, which boasts a sweet nature center and several bison. The girls loved it. We spent a while at the aquarium, playing with puppets, gazing at bison, and eventually eating a quick lunch.
It was going well except….
You know when you can feel yourself getting sicker? Like your throat is actively getting sore and your body is aching?
Yep. The girl’s colds were coming for me. We opted for a much shorter hike because I was fading quickly. The girls tromped around, climbed rocks and threw sticks in the river. Meanwhile, I was just trying to stay upright.
Can I just sleep all day?
I was so tired on the way home I pretty sure Jake could have driven us straight to Canada and I would have slept through it all. He wasn’t looking very sprightly either. It was one of those special days when we both were convinced there was no way the other could be more exhausted.
I would love to say that Jake and I navigate this sleep deprivation with grace and ease…. HAHAHAHAHA.
Sometimes I just feel like the most exhausted mom on the earth.
It’s not always like this. But sometimes it is. Other than copious amounts of coffee I have no idea how to make it better.
I have, on occasion, taken a nap while laying in the doorway of the playroom. My logic is that if the kids try to escape the room while I’m sleeping, at least they’ll have to trip on me first!
Why do I even bother with adventures when I’m surviving on caffeine and prayers?
The kids have such a great time. Really. They are just so lucky they are cute, because I seriously need a nap. Adventures with kids aren’t always Instagram perfect, but I’ll always keep trying because I know it’s worth it in the end.