Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Yawn



Per a request on the previous post, I am writing something new. What I have to contribute is a bit mundane. I'm tired. I have made a command decision to wake up before my kids do so I don't feel like smothering them to get them back to sleep every morning. I've been fighting them for an hour at a time just to grab 10 extra minutes of sleep. So 6AM, here I come. Coffee is my friend. And I will make the effort to get to bed by 10PM- not likely, but it's worth a shot.

Noah (3 months old) still wakes up about 3 times a night to eat or just to fart. This kid has more gas than the Hindenburg. He especially likes to take early morning strains, grunting and fussing and flailing. I have been bringing him into my bed and trying to comfort him while sleeping and it's not working. Holding a pacifier in his mouth and pushing on his feet so he has leverage for long periods of time puts quite a strain on the back and neck. So I wake up grumpy, sore, and feeling like I've lost a battle. He eventually falls asleep again, but somehow Luke (2 1/2) knows I'm about to get some rest and he wakes up hungry. I feel like an ogre. This has to stop.

I don't feel too sorry for myself, though, because some friends of ours just adopted and brought home 10-day-old twins! Now that's tired!

9 comments:

Brewster said...

And here we have the number one reason I am leery of having kids. I really really like my freetime.

bigsip said...

You give up a lot more than free time when you have kids. But, the love you have for them and they for you is one of the best things in the world. So, you gain so much more.

Really, your free time becomes time with your family when you have children. That's some of the best time you'll ever have.

Jamison said...

one of the most annoying things I hear people with kids tell me is "Wait till you have kids..." Like, I will tell someone of a vacation I went on, or that I bought something pricey, then they say that phrase...

I want to say "Thank you, I will."

The other thing I hate hearing parents tell me is "Ugh, must be nice" when, again, i may talk of a vacation, or something I did in my free time...

I want, again, to say "Yes, it is nice."

I want to shake them and say "If you are jealous or have regrets, you knew how to make a baby and you knew how to prevent it!"

I vow to never use those phrases when I have a kid when speaking to a childless person. So let it be written... typed...

bigsip said...

I hope y'all didn't think I was complaining.

I was just saying that the sacrifices are more than worth it. I hate it when people are envious of "freedom" too.

Rachel and I made a decision before we had children to appreciate them. If we go through life regretting them, they'll know it. So we won't.

In fact, I'd rather spend time with my wife and boys than do anything else in the world. They are the great adventure in this world for me and I'll journey with them to the Ultimate Destination one day.

tnmommieof2 said...

ah yes..the sleepless nites, the aching joints from crazy sleeping positions....are you having to do the "walk and bounce" thing yet?
both of our boys went thru phases where they weren't happy unless they were being walked and bounced.
i have to say matt was amazing in that he never seemed to get tired of that as quickly as i did.

hang in there...i never thought i'd see the day where i could get a full 8 hours of sleep in....but
it has finally happened!! i'll be thinkin bout you rachael...

Jamison said...

my comment had nothing to do with what you (Sip) or anyone said... just a social observation.

bigsip said...

Thank you, my friend. I figured it didn't.

I just wanted to make sure y'all know where I stand on the issue as well.

Being a dad is the most fun and rewarding thing I've ever undertaken, aside from being a husband. I love it!

mmullinz8 said...

After 5 ½ years my wife and I actually sat together, not across each other in a restaurant the other evening. Isaac and Caleb sat across from us pretending to eat so they could get change for the toy junk machines later. It was nice.

I have officially logged 1 ½ years bouncing children to get them to sleep. Some day they will choose the old farts home I’ll be in so I’m making sure to be extra nice to them now. I’m sure they will understand that when I’ve keeled over after chasing some 18 year old candy striper (yeah, I’d rather it be stripper too) around, they made the right decision. Still, I wonder what they will tell their mother?

Diana said...

You know what I hate, Jamison??? When happily married people treat you like something's wrong with you. Like they complain about something in their marriage, I say it's not a big thing in my marriage and they say something horrible like "Not yet" or "you just wait" or "give it 5 years."

I want to say "No, I won't ever have that problem because I didn't marry a douchebag like you did and I'm not a wench like you!"

Sorry. I'm entering the mood swing phrase of my pregnancy. I hope the Lord forgives pregnant women who cuss.

P.S. I had the best day of my life yesterday. Charlie and I heard the sweet sounds of our baby's heartbeat for the first time. It was lovely.