Time for some real talk moms! Sleep deprivation is no joke! It is the parenting issue (side effect?) that I was most unprepared for, and it has significantly impacted my life in a negative way.
Sleep Deprivation is Brutal!
I was not blessed with good sleepers, and I am not exaggerating when I say I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in three years. Yes, three YEARS. Sleep deprivation has affected my weight, my moods, my organizational skills, my vocabulary (seriously, words escape me often!), my anxiety and depression, my marriage …
The solution to sleep deprivation is to start getting more sleep consistently, and my kids just aren’t there yet. We have many more teething pains and growing pains ahead of us, a little boy still adjusting to his big boy bed, the recent loss (forever this time) of a pacifier, daylight savings adjustments … it’s endless.
How can I cope with sleep deprivation in the mean time? Well, they do say laughter is the best medicine! 🙂
Let’s Laugh About it!
Here are a few of the most ridiculous things sleep deprivation has caused me (or my husband) to do!
I was at the gym last week, for a workout and a little alone time. My husband was home with the boys on his day off. I planned to go run a few kid free errands after my workout. A few reps in and I get a text from my husband: “You left your wallet at home.” Ugh. That’s annoying. Then the second text: “You left your wallet in the fridge.” What the?
My husband once unloaded the entire (full) dishwasher before I noticed that all of the dishes were DIRTY. Like, filthy dirty because we were too sleep deprived to rinse any of them. What did we do? Let the freaking dirty dishes stay in the cabinets because we were too tired to deal! Our first son was a newborn and the struggle was real!
Many, many unzipped flys. A few backwards or inside out shirts. And when I was pumping at work in a cold room during the winter, I’d keep my scarf on, but just turn it around backwards. I’d forget and leave the pumping room proudly wearing the backwards scarf. I think my co-workers thought I was trying to start a new trend.
I repeatedly get in the shower with my glasses on, and try to get out of the car with my seat belt still fastened.
So much butter. At least six times in a row I have bought butter at the grocery store. Two out of those six times we actually needed butter. My sleep deprived brain really believes we need butter. Different kinds too – sticks, tubs, some salted, some unsalted, different brands. We have run out of places to put it all. “Do you need anything from the store today honey?” is now met with “Please don’t buy any more butter.”
I’m Not Alone!
I’m not the only mom suffering through sleep deprivation! A few of my sleep deprived friends shared their stories:
Jessica at About a Boy tried to take a shower with her socks on. Her husband has started filling the coffee filter with formula powder but stopped himself just in time. Jessica says “I’ve also totally lost count of formula scoops and had to dump out the bottle because I didn’t know if I’d put in too much.”
Julie from Fab Working Mom Life has sock issues too. She told me “I’ve bathed the baby in socks at one point. Didn’t realize until I got him in the tub. I’ve also on multiple occasions reached for the fridge instead of the pantry, and sometimes the soap instead of toothpaste…” Don’t brush your teeth with soap Julie – yuck! 😉
Hannah of Eat, Drink and Save Money‘s husband has a bad habit when sleep deprived – putting ice cream away in the fridge! She says “You have no idea how much this annoys me!”
Katie of Love My Messy Messy Mess had sleep deprived hubby issues to report too! Her husband sleep walks and sleep talks when he is stressed or low on sleep – and of course adding a baby to the family increases stress! She says “He once woke me up screaming that someone was in the room, thank goodness there really wasn’t, but I almost murdered him!” I don’t blame her one bit! 😉
Amber of Watch This Mom shared this story with me:
“This is me not caring what happened in the morning because I wanted to sleep. I was still asleep but could hear little feet coming to put an end to it.
I hoped if I ignored him he’d go away. No such luck.
Blake: Mom! Aaron spilled pretzels on the floor.
So not worth waking me up for. I tell him to leave it and I’ll clean it up later. Almost back to sleep, I hear another little munchkin coming to make sure that didn’t happen.
Aaron: Mom, can you put my diaper back on me?
Me: No, it’s time for undies. Go get some.
With that he took his open, wet diaper and plopped it on my pillow, right in front of my face. I closed it up and threw it in the direction he was running out the door but I wasn’t fast enough to bop him. Little punk.”
Amber has so many funny parenting stories to tell that she wrote a book. Her story here is actually an excerpt from Memoirs of Mayhem, which is available on Amazon. Check it out, she is one funny lady! 🙂
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