It’s been a rough week with the kids…and it’s only Thursday. They’ve loved me. They’ve hated me. They’ve been amazing. They’ve been horrible. My heart has swelled with joy and love. It has been plagued by disappointment and sadness. My realization this week is that life with kids sometimes bears a strange resemblance to the toxic relationships you swore off in your youth.Don’t believe me? All the signs are there....more
My twins are sick. That means that in our house, we have two babies with two oozing noses and two croupy coughs. Unfortunately, this also means that in our house there are two parents who are getting very little sleep.
If you are sleep-deprived on a regular basis (some call this condition ‘parenthood’), and you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, it can be an out-of-body experience. In fact, it’s a whole other world. ...more
The hardest thing about being a parent has to be the sleep deprivation, the fear of sleep deprivation and the before and after affects of sleep deprivation. I have spent the last three and a half years in a perpetual state of anxiety regarding how and when I will catch up on my sleep and how best to sleep when catching up on this sleep....more
I haven't had a good night's sleep in over four years. The last such night was probably sometime in the second trimester of my pregnancy with my first child, and even then it was probably the kind of sleep that was disrupted by all manner of first pregnancy anxieties. Since then, it's been one long battle with sleep-averse children, parental insomnia, second pregnancy discomfort and anxiety and just general household chaos, all of which works against sleep.So, yeah. I haven't slept in years....more