Second Verse, Same as the First

by Jen on January 26, 2009

in I'm all out of clever today,Lowering the bar for mothers everywhere

The Hubster’s on another business trip and true to form, the kiddos are sleeping like shit. This happens without fail whenever he goes away. It’s like the boys know I have no backup and try to see how much I can take. If I had any money, I’d think they were gaslighting me. This morning, I’m running on a mere 2 1/2 hours sleep. That’s damn near empty.

Last night I started the bedtime preparations at 7:00 p.m. It took me an uncharacteristic two hours to get Goose to stay down, then it was nearly 10:00 p.m. before the Monkeyboy finally drifted off to sleep (although he went to bed not long after 9, after half an hour or so he summoned me back with plaintive cries of “I want my mommm-meeee.” Gets me every time.) By the time lunches were packed, bottles were prepped and I was finally ready for bed, Goose was back up, having peed through his jammies and onto his sheets for the first time since, well, ever. At 1:30 a.m., I was still rocking him, not able to get him to sleep anywhere other than my arms for longer than the fifteen seconds it took me to gently place him in his crib, his eyes to pop open, his arms to flail around in the wait!..where?..what the?!… motion, and the yelling to begin. Someone else has learned to say mama now too. I. am. a. sucker.

When I finally had him soundly asleep — at least I think so — I heard the click-click-click of the dog’s nails on our hardwood floors. She had woken and, finding me not in my bed, came looking for me. My blood ran cold as I realized I had left the baby’s door open and knew that she certainly would search me out there. It was no use. Slowly she crept into his room and although I tried whispering for her to go lie down, she sniffed us both up and down, making sure we were okay. At her height her face is right at lap level. In case you’re wondering, a ticklish dog beard will wake a baby every time.

At least Goose is happy when woken at night. However, I’m not. At 2:00 a.m., my Hail-Mary move was to stuff him in his swing and hold his hand until he fell asleep. I crept into bed and slept like the dead until 3:30 a.m. when Monk awoke again, this time calling “I want my daaaadddd-deeee.” Thankfully, all he wanted was a cup of milk. I willingly would have given him a gin and tonic if that’s what he would’ve asked for, as long as it meant he’d go back to sleep.

I should have taken the day off, but I expect that tomorrow’s predicted snowfall will leave me and the kiddos trapped up the Winding Driveway of No Return since we have no menfolk to clear the way for us. I’d rather stay snug in my house at the top in the morning than trapped with two children at the bottom after work if that’s how, weather-wise, things are going to shake down. So I’m gambling that I”ll catch up on my sleep tomorrow.

The one bright spot in my day? I’m still working on the Great Coffee Experiment (sporadically though, as needs warrant). This morning I finally cracked open the Starbucks Mocha Powder. (Can’t remember who told me you could buy it. Jen, maybe?) . Finally I give a homemade brew the thumbs up.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenni January 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

you poor thing. business trips suck. heres hoping you get snowed in.

2 Ragtop Day January 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Ugh – my heart goes out to you. Sleep deprivation is one of the worst side effects of parenting. Here’s hoping things turn around and you get a good night’s sleep tonight!

3 Jen January 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

I’m not sure if I did but oh man if I didn’t I totally should have…the Mocha powder is amazing when you add 3 giant spoonfuls to coffee. I am now upset I am out.I so feel for you. My husband spends one night every week out of town for work and it is always that night is the worst night ever and leaves me feeling like he has been gone for days. I always make the leaving the door open mistake too. The dog will be sound asleep when I leave her and then inevitably comes to find C and I even though she doesn’t like C. I guess that means she still likes me.I hope you got your snowday!

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