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Nov
23

Vampire at heart

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As I sit here eating a healthy snack chips and dip, watching Saturday Night Live, I realize what I really miss the most about my ‘pre-kid’ life. I miss staying up late. It’s not that I miss sleeping. I’ve adjusted pretty well to getting six interrupted hours of sleep a night. I mean, it took me five years to get adjusted to it, but I’m there now. It’s almost midnight right now. I could easily stay awake until 2 or 3. But I know that I’ll be getting up at 7:00 or 7:30. Six hours I can handle. Four or five, not so much.

I’ve always been that way. Never really a morning person. I’ve come to appreciate the mornings. I actually have a lot of energy in the morning, and get a lot accomplished. But I really have a feeling of peace late at night. And after tending bar for all those years, it just felt right to stay up late. OK, just needed to share. Sleeping rant over.

I’m actually really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. I always get together with my brother and his family on the morning of Thanksgiving. We catch the parade and chow on some breakfast. It’s been at their house the past couple of years, but they’re coming to my Grand Maronda Home (did you hear the sarcasm?). Then, we’re going to have dinner with the hubby’s family at the restaurant. It will be the first time that we will all be able to sit at the same table and eat. We’re usually scattered throughout somebody’s house, each of us with a Styrofoam plate on our laps. The restaurant is closed to the public, and we figured the clean up will be easier there, too. If I did my count right, there’s the possibility of 40 people for dinner.

Here’s my kid conversation for today. It’s a short one. As Becca’s getting out of the tub, she’s rattling off names of shapes in Spanish. So, she asks me if I know what a quadrado is. (And I got it right!). Then she asked me how to say ‘stripes’ in Spanish.

Me: “I don’t know”
Becca: “I don’t know” means stripes in Spanish?
Me: “Smart ass!”

And as I finish writing this, Chloe just woke up screaming. Gotta go – looks like I have a cuddle buddy tonight.

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Nov
15

I didn't fall asleep. Really.

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Well, let’s see.  Today is Saturday, and I said that I was going to write again on Thursday night, if I didn’t fall asleep.  Well, the bad news is that I didn’t write on Thursday (or, depending on whether or not you like to listen to my drivel – that might be the good news).  I did NOT, however, fall asleep with the girls.  I came downstairs and worked.  Yes, I worked and worked.  And not on restaurant stuff, either.  I worked on t shrits.  And it was fun.  I mada a couple of new designs, but this one is one of my not-so-famous quotes:






So, definitely not a wasted evening.  I stayed up until about 1:00 am.  The next night, however, is a different story.  Last night I didn’t fall asleep in bed with Becca.  Came downstairs all ready to watch some grown up tv.  Ten minutes later…asleep.  Oh well.  

We went to the book fair at the primary school on Friday morning.  The girls really enjoyed picking out some books (of course they wanted more than the 3 each I let them get!).  As Chloe and I were in the car on the way there, we had an extreme ‘Why?’ moment.  If you are the parent of a three year old, I’m sure you know what this is.  Every. Single. Answer. Gets. A. Why.
Here’s how the conversation basically went:

“Mom, can i feed Mackie (the fish) when we get home?”
“Sorry, Chlo.  I already fed Mackie today.”
“Why?”
“Um, because he was hungry”
“Why?”
“Because everything needs to eat.”
“Why?”
“Because if things don’t eat, they’ll die.”
“Why?”
(deep calming breath) “I don’t know Chlo.  Because.”

Then it gets funny.  Really, Chloe just cracks me up.

‘Mom, dead fish go in the potty.”
“Right, Chlo”
“But not alive fish.  You can’t put alive fish in the potty.”
“No, Chloe.  You can’t put alive fish in the potty.”
“Yeah, because then they would get pee on them.”
“Right, Chlo.  They would get pee on them.”

Well that satisfied her.  We drive along, bee-bopping to the radio and enjoying the sunshine.  A few minutes later, I get this question.

“Mom, Do fish pee in the water?”
“Well, yeah, Chloe.  Fish pee in the water.”
“AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!”

So, there is some Chloe conversation for ya.

Since this post touched on sleep a little bit, I’m going to share this really interesting stuff about polyphasic sleep.  Polyphasic sleep basically is sleeping for 20 minutes every four hours.  And that’s it.  This gentleman actually slept this way for five months.  It was really interesting to read through how it went.  

OK, gotta snack before I go to bed!
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Nov
15

I didn’t fall asleep. Really.

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Well, let’s see.  Today is Saturday, and I said that I was going to write again on Thursday night, if I didn’t fall asleep.  Well, the bad news is that I didn’t write on Thursday (or, depending on whether or not you like to listen to my drivel – that might be the good news).  I did NOT, however, fall asleep with the girls.  I came downstairs and worked.  Yes, I worked and worked.  And not on restaurant stuff, either.  I worked on t shrits.  And it was fun.  I mada a couple of new designs, but this one is one of my not-so-famous quotes:






So, definitely not a wasted evening.  I stayed up until about 1:00 am.  The next night, however, is a different story.  Last night I didn’t fall asleep in bed with Becca.  Came downstairs all ready to watch some grown up tv.  Ten minutes later…asleep.  Oh well.  

We went to the book fair at the primary school on Friday morning.  The girls really enjoyed picking out some books (of course they wanted more than the 3 each I let them get!).  As Chloe and I were in the car on the way there, we had an extreme ‘Why?’ moment.  If you are the parent of a three year old, I’m sure you know what this is.  Every. Single. Answer. Gets. A. Why.
Here’s how the conversation basically went:

“Mom, can i feed Mackie (the fish) when we get home?”
“Sorry, Chlo.  I already fed Mackie today.”
“Why?”
“Um, because he was hungry”
“Why?”
“Because everything needs to eat.”
“Why?”
“Because if things don’t eat, they’ll die.”
“Why?”
(deep calming breath) “I don’t know Chlo.  Because.”

Then it gets funny.  Really, Chloe just cracks me up.

‘Mom, dead fish go in the potty.”
“Right, Chlo”
“But not alive fish.  You can’t put alive fish in the potty.”
“No, Chloe.  You can’t put alive fish in the potty.”
“Yeah, because then they would get pee on them.”
“Right, Chlo.  They would get pee on them.”

Well that satisfied her.  We drive along, bee-bopping to the radio and enjoying the sunshine.  A few minutes later, I get this question.

“Mom, Do fish pee in the water?”
“Well, yeah, Chloe.  Fish pee in the water.”
“AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!”

So, there is some Chloe conversation for ya.

Since this post touched on sleep a little bit, I’m going to share this really interesting stuff about polyphasic sleep.  Polyphasic sleep basically is sleeping for 20 minutes every four hours.  And that’s it.  This gentleman actually slept this way for five months.  It was really interesting to read through how it went.  

OK, gotta snack before I go to bed!
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