Thursday, March 6, 2008

While you were supposed to be sleeping

My entire family seems to be back from the land of the intensely ill and into the land of the living, responsible, contributing human beings again. Besides zapping our energy, our desires and ability to think or do anything productive, our aspiration for practicing good hygiene, thus our dignity, our illness also left us sleep deprived. This is not all that unusual, as I do not remember the last night I went to bed and woke up the next morning when my alarm sounded. My sleep is constantly interrupted.

Thirteen things that keep me awake on any given night:
1) Bathroom breaks – especially if I indulged in a pint or two or a glass of two of wine. Honestly, the bathroom breaks at night sometimes keep me from having one.
2) Thoughts of going back to work in a year and a half when Grant is in first grade. What will I do next? How has the industry/workforce changed in the last 3 years since I left? Etc.
3) Ideas for this blog pop into my head and I formulate them into entries as I watch the LED minutes tick away.
4) Often, I go to sleep with a load of laundry in the dryer. We do not have a volume or an on/off switch for the buzzer/signal. I HATE THAT SOUND no matter where I am in the house, but when I am sleeping, I consider taking an axe to the thing.
5) 4 and 6 year old boys that just CAN’T fall back asleep unless I go lay with them or, at the very least, tuck them back in bed– almost nightly
6) Things to add to my to-do and grocery lists.
7) Thinking back on the day – did I treat my kids well? Did I get anything done?
8) What are we going to have for dinner tomorrow night?
9) Gripping fear of losing my husband to his cancer – truly it paralyzes me – often.
10) That same husband’s snoring.
11) That same husband's or my own suggestive advances
12) Sudden urges/desires to pray for someone.
13) Strange noises, especially if Brian is away.



  1. If I don't get a full night's sleep (7 hours) I am a raging lunatic. That means I have tons of sympathy for my insomniac child, and now, for you too.

    A nap, maybe?

  2. I often think of blog entries late at night, too. The difference is, I've forgotten by morning!

    What I really want to know is why don't men seem to rouse up when the children wake up crying?? This is a mystery that I would like solved!

  3. Ditto on 7 out of 13. Thanks for the well wishes for our vacation. We are going to Fort Lauderdale and will drive to Key Largo for one day. I cashed in all my miles and points, so we are ultimately getting a free 4-day trip, except for food and shopping. Those are the best kind. I won't feel like I'm wasting money if we lay around alot or if it rains.

  4. Number 7 is the one that keeps me up the most. I rehash my entire day and thing of all the things I did wrong or badly or not at all. The snoring one keeps me up too. :)


  5. Glad you all are feeling better. p.s. nobody needs more than 6 hours of sleep anyway. at least that is what i try to convince Karla.

  6. Isn't that something?? Tossing and turning is the same for every busy mom.

    Roll over. 2am. Brain must think about paying the light bill.

    Roll over. 3am. Brain must think about defrosting the freezer.

    Roll over. 3:03am. Brain must think 'go back to sleep you goob'!

    Ah...the brain never seems to sleep!!

    I'm right there with you on several of these.

  7. Wow. 11 out of 13.
    My dryer is in our house and makes the loudest noise.

  8. If I don't get enough sleep I swear I turn into a different person. A person I don't even like. So many on your list here keep me awak at night too.. And the one I hate the MOST .. bathroom breaks..