Okay, now that I think about that perhaps this has absolutely nothing to do with being a parent and everything to do with being a lazy somebody who does not want to get up and turn off the television (I hope I don’t lose my environmentally friendly readers for gross waste of electricity). Okay, well here is something that really relates to being a parent.
Or lack of sleep.
Prior to giving birth every parent I spoke to told me to get my rest. I had a pretty difficult pregnancy and resting was hard to come by for me. I could not imagine that it would be worse when I had my son. Oh how shortsighted I was on that one. As you know I nursed my son until June. When he was a newborn he nursed every 3 hours or so, rest was not something I got a lot of. As he became older the frequency of nursing sessions cut back but without fail he woke up around 3 in the morning. Let me repeat that 3 in the morning! Until he stopped nursing.
Let me be clear. I did not have a full night of rest for 13 months. 13 months! And now, well it is even worse. Because wanting to stay home with my son has its price. I work on my blog when he is asleep. Which means that although I potentially could get 8 hours of rest that doesn’t happen. In my research I have found that I am not alone. Sleep deprivation is something that many Moms suffer from. And it doesn’t stop when your child sleeps through the night. This is a lifetime ailment. Think about it – mothers worrying about teenage children out in the street. Driving a car. Possibly taking drugs. Going to college. Getting married. I don’t even want to think about it. Sleep is so vitally important and lack of sleep can have dangerous consequences. I saw a report on 20/20 that demonstrated sleepy drivers being more dangerous than drunk drivers.
So for now I will try to get in as much sleep as possible. Taking care of myself will ultimately make me a better parent for my son.
Giving up on sleeping is just one of the many changes that occur in the parent hood. Hmm, perhaps I can write about others on a weekly basis. Give me some ideas, what things have changed for you as a result of parenthood?