Is there anything a mom desires more?
I used to think the whole sleep deprivation problem was limited to the mom audience sporting young kids. My oldest is now 10. My youngest is four. If you’re holding out hope, stop reading NOW. I can sadly say this is a myth. I am tired. I sometimes think I’ll never catch up on sleep. I am up before the sun rises 99% of the time.
While I am not waking with a newborn in the wee hours, and all of my kids sleep in their own beds (and they stay in their beds), the lack of sleep stage is still present in my life.
My husband and I wake ultra-early during the week. The dog needs to be walked. A workout is squeezed in. We start the commute early to beat Southern California freeway gridlock. And of course there are always things to attend to in the evenings. After the activities, the homework, dinner and dishes, laundry, another dog walk … well, there always seems to be one last email, one last paper to sign, one more lunch to make. On the weekends, there are early soccer games, baseball practices, Sunday school classes.
Thank God for concealer!
So when we cruised into winter vacation almost two weeks ago, getting extra rest was an ultimate goal.
As I’ve seen everyone’s Facebook updates and pics, I feel a little guilty for not planning more with the kids. There were no ski days or big road trips or amusement park days. Instead, we’ve kept it simple. After hosting two holiday meals and celebrating one of my son’s birthdays, we needed rest.
We’ve hit the movies and Sky Zone. We’ve baked and visited the park. We’ve let the boys play a lot of video games. And we’ve also spent time with family and friends.
Most importantly, we caught up on sleep. I’ve been able to wake when it is already light outside. I feel like I could be in one of those Folgers Coffee commercials.
On Monday, I’ll return to the 5:15 a.m. rise, but I am so thankful for an extended period of rest. My body and mind needed it, and my kids needed some extra sleep too.
And if you are seeking some mindless trivia – just look what I can absorb when I’m rested – today is the Festival of Sleep Day. On January 3, after all of the Christmas and New Year’s bustle, a day has been created to rest up. All you have to do is sleep, sleep and sleep.