January 20, 2008

Wanted: An Uninterrupted Night of Sleep

Amazingly, in my hotel bed in California just over a week ago I slept 7-8 hours straight just about every night we were there.

Welcome back to reality!

Tuesday night I was awakened for no apparent reason at 2 a.m., but, since I was awake, I trotted to the potty. (Does anyone else have issues with waking up at night to use the bathroom even though you're not pregnant anymore?!) Back in bed, I lay awake, coughing and hacking. I could tell I was keeping Ted awake, so I got up, worked in my stamp room to create a project for my stamp club, had a snack (I was also hungry--what's up with that?), and went back to bed, where I lay awake for another half hour and finally dozed off just in time for Ted's alarm to go off at 5:00.

Wednesday night Kenna woke at 3 a.m. and nursed. Since she so rarely nurses these days, I don't mind middle-of-the-night feedings since they don't actually happen much at all. She hadn't wanted to nurse right before bed, probably due to being overstimulated from our night at church. So I wasn't too surprised that she woke up hungry. She promptly went back to sleep. I did not. At 4:00 I decided to get up and clean my office. Wow, did it need cleaned, and I was pleased with the results, though I hadn't planned to do it in the middle of the night. At 5:00 I bundled up and went for a 3-mile run, so I was up for the day.

Last night Kenna woke at 2 a.m. This isn't a usual occurrence by any means, but she is now battling a runny nose and fever, so again I wasn't too surprised. She nursed well and didn't make a peep after I laid her back down. I'm fighting a cold/cough myself, so I hacked awhile after lying down, despite taking another round of cough medicine, and finally got up to get a cough drop. I fell asleep before I finished it and woke at 5:45 to find a miniscule blob between my tongue and the roof of my mouth. That is a WEIRD feeling to wake up to.

It's amazing how we can take a simple thing like a good night's sleep for granted! I'm not sure why I've been awake so much at night this past week, but maybe God's trying to get my attention about something. The middle of the night is about the only time I get any peace and quiet, so maybe I should start making a cup of hot tea and doing my devotions the next time I wake up and can't get back to sleep!

Hmmm. This post has made me sleepy. I think I'm going to take my contacts out and try taking a nap!


Ski said...

Seven to eight hours of uninterupted sleep?! I am not sure I'll ever see those nights again. And yes I find that even if the girls aren't getting me up I have to get up to go to the bathroom. The girls are getting over their colds so hopefully we can go back to at least 5 hours of uninterupted sleep. Good luck.

Joy said...

Brian wanted me to tell you that he gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom even though he's not pregnant anymore! :)

Beverly said...

LOL! Thanks, Brian! That makes me feel MUCH better!

Amos said...

You are so not alone! I have been waking up because of my ears. Yes, my nice 36 year old body decided a double ear infection would be ok! NOT! so I have been up and down for 3 days as well. My friend Logziella used to say, it must come through the phone, well maybe internet works too! No I am not speaking that into existence! Here is wishing you a peaceful night of sleep and a body that is completely whole, healed, and restored. And family members that way as well! So glad that you had such a nice time at your conference!!!

Bob & Claire said...

Wow, your past few nights have been my last 2 months! For some reason my normally-wonderful-sleeper kids have all had random issues such that I can literally count on one hand the uninterrupted nights of sleep I have had! It's been worse than having a newborn! I have really been feeling run-down because of it. How do you get through the day when you are up so early or for so long in the middle of the night?! I find myself yawning my way through school! Grace is sick right now too, but I am praying that after she gets better, everything will settle back down again--for everyone! I need some sleep!

Beverly said...

(((Hugs))) to you, Claire! I remember the newborn days with Kenna when Ted was still in Florida. Boy, was that hard! The kids got a LOT of the "electronic babysitter," shall we say, so that I could nap!

I didn't actually get a nap yesterday, but I DID get a great night of sleep, despite two, count 'em, TWO trips to the bathroom. Guess it was because I actually was in bed for almost 8 hours!

The Litwillers said...

I plan to sleep when my kids are teens...you know, the sleep-until-noon stage??

Anonymous said...

As you know, I wake up EVERY night at 2 a.m. like clock work. I also have to trot to the potty and usually want a snack which I indulge in more than I should (no wonder I've gained weight!) I think un interupted sleep is rare for most women, sadly. As for my husband, he gets 8-9 hours every night!! Sigh..