Monday, November 15, 2010

Sleep pretty much trumps most things in life.

I have a slight sleep obsession. I love it. Ask my husband.

I am usually the last one up on Saturday mornings. And, Sunday naps are a must and have been since I was a teenager. Ask my mom.

I DO NOT like to be woken up before my designated time.

I also need a little extra time to actually get out of the bed, while Beau pops up the minute the alarm rings. Weird. I need a good 10-15 minutes to wake up ... slowly and gently, not abruptly. This is probably part of the reason for my failed attempts at early-morning workouts. Not happening. By the time I actually get my behind out of the bed, get dressed, get my running shoes on, and my iPod set, it's too late to run or do anything because it's time to wake up the girls, pack lunches, and be that continual fire under their booty to get a move on. Hmmm ... apple doesn't fall far from the tree, I guess.

Imagine my disdain every time I am woken up by being practically scared to death due to the fact that  someone's face and breath suddenly appears one inch from my face.

Any mom knows what I'm talking about.

It's true. Every kid does it at some point.

La Petite Belle has been doing it a lot lately due to her fear issue we're still dealing with. She'll get through it. I just hope it's sooner than later.

Her fear is starting to wear on me. It's gettin' old.

She has good and bad weeks. It all depends on what she's seen or heard that week.

For example, she saw the preview for "Paranormal Activity 2," which I haven't even seen, but, somehow, she did. And, now, here we go ... fear ... totally scared at night ... not wanting to sleep in her own bed. This usually lasts a few days before she gets over it.

The last two nights she's asked me or Beau or K Belle to sleep with her. We all say no.

We pray with her and Beau (aka Mr. Sympathy) tells her she needs to face her fear and get over it.

When that girl comes in my room at midnight to tell me she's scared and wakes me up, I am not a nice mama. Most of the time, I just tell her to go back to bed and not worry about it. I quote a Scripture (half-asleep ... that's pretty good) and tell her to pray, but I know she'll be back in ten minutes and make me even grouchier. And, most times, we do go through this three to four times before she gets the picture. (or sneaks into her sister's bed)

Then, there are those times when I don't have the energy to argue and tell her she can just sleep on the floor. And, she does. The authors of "Babywise" and "Growing Kids God's Way" would wag their finger in my face and look at me with disappointment.

I'm sure the good motherly thing to do is walk her back to her bed, tuck her back in, rub her hair, and sing her sweet lullabies until she falls asleep. 

If she were six or below, it would be a different story. She's 10.

I wonder if this is a typical response from moms, or am I just one of the horrible ones?

I think her allergies may be acting up. She may need some Benadryl tonight.

Not really. Relax.


Tammy said...

Are you peeking inside my windows at night...because you just described a night at my house perfectly. LOL My oldest was scared, but she is seventeen now and finally doing the "sleep" thing on her own. There is hope...i'm just not sure how soon that will be for you...sorry. LOL Our thirteen year old has been scared since she seen the Paranormal Activity 2 preview also...and i'm afraid her brother has taken on the same fear. Here we go again!! HAHA It will work out eventually...i promise! Thanks for sharing!!

H-Mama said...

poor heart. hope both of you get better sleep soon.

thedomesticfringe said...

As far as I know, Benadryl never hurt anyone! Sometimes I get bad dreams from what I watch on TV. Isn't that stupid? I am 35! Maybe you should not let her watch TV for a while and see if it helps. I'm a pretty mean mom too. I always make the kids go back to bed. Like you, I like my sleep.

Jeanette said...

Mean mom?? No way!! At least your kids try to wake you! Mine know that to wake a sleeping Mom means the wrath of God on their heads. They wake Dad instead :}

Jeanette said...

Mean mom?? No way!! At least your kids try to wake you! Mine know that to wake a sleeping Mom means the wrath of God on their heads. They wake Dad instead :}

sara said...

omg, I am SO like you!!. My kids learned to wake their dad up in the middle of the night because I am just not nice when woken up from a dead sleep! Once I heard someone in my room, sat straight up in bed and said "who's there?!" One of my son's lifted his head, he was crawling commando style to his dad's side of the bed so as not to wake me, and he said "it's just me..I don't feel good".

Ya, just add me to the bad mom list!

I also kept a sleeping bag by my bed and told my kids there were more than welcome to sleep there on the floor if they needed to, but just don't wake me up!!! :)

Karen said...

I have been lurking for a while, but had to comment on this one. Have her put a bible under her pillow at night. It makes all the difference in the world.

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Hilar. I too require a non-abrupt, wakeup accompanied by a lengthy Sunday afternoon nap. My week just doesn't go well without it.