Um, Yeah, Buh-Bye

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It’s been said that once you become a mom, you can kiss sleep good-bye. Silly me, I thought that was only in the beginning. I didn’t understand that meant I’d never “sleep” soundly again. Ever.

I promise, I hear every creak in the middle of the night. Every. Single. One. My son usually comes in our room about 6-ish in the morning. It’s around that time I begin to wake up …anticipating his entry. I listen for his bedroom door. I listen for his little feet running through the hall. I listen, waiting for him to slam our door open. Then, I listen for his little voice saying “up”. I’m still partially asleep but , I listen for it all because I know it’s going to happen.

I hear our dog as she makes her way to her pee pad at about 5 am. I hear her make her way from under our bed where she prefers to sleep to the pad and then to her bed. I hear every single move she makes. I feel like at one point I was actually able to sleep through stuff like this. Not anymore. If I’m not waking up for my son or our dog it’s baby number two. She kicks and turns and performs full on choreographed routines in my tummy. She gets busier and busier every night.

I’ve just accepted that sleep will forever be a distant memory for me. You know that good, deep, sound sleep? Yeah. Buh bye.

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23 Responses to Um, Yeah, Buh-Bye
  1. KalleyC
    April 24, 2012 | 7:13 am

    Deep sleep. Girl, I don’t even know what that is anymore. Is it a movie? J/K. But seriously, I can totally understand. Personally, I’m a light sleeper, so everything wakes me up. Totally sucks. I do hope you’re able to get some rest soon.

  2. Anna
    April 24, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Great article, and I admit it, it could be a mothers’ guilt, but I have got the same symptoms. Although my older son is already 16, I wake up every night when he puts his keys in the door and comes in. These are just evolved reflexes which I cannot control. My husband never wakes up for any noise.

  3. This Cookn' Mom
    April 24, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Girl, I have not seen good sound sleep in about ohh almost 5 years! Even when the kids are gone, I still wake up during the night. Totally not complaining…it is what it is.

  4. Natalie
    April 24, 2012 | 10:31 am

    I will say that I have been lucky that Nolan has been a good sleeper, but when he doesn’t sleep well I realize how much I miss sleep! I am like you now though and in the morning I wake up with this little guy kicking in my belly!

  5. kita
    April 24, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Is there such a thing as a deep sleep. I do get a decent 3 hours of deep at night sometimes I think that’s as good as I get.

  6. Bonnie
    April 24, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Hi Cam! Thanks for swinging by my blog and saying “hi”! I love the name of your blog, and the tag line is hilarious. 🙂 I hope that if I’m ever a mom, I’m even a tiny bit as stylish as you are!

  7. megan, the frugalista diaries
    April 24, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, me too, even a peep, anything…It amazes me! I am so glad you got the dress, you’ll love it.

  8. Carol
    April 24, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    What an interesting post you got here. I love it and I learn a lot from this. gee thanks!

  9. Denise
    April 24, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Amen. Sleep and also solitude/personal time are things I’ve kissed goodbye.

  10. Kathryn
    April 24, 2012 | 6:28 pm

    As we start being a mother, I agree with you that we can’t sleep soundly and perfectly as we are before..

  11. Kim @ The Family Practice
    April 24, 2012 | 6:55 pm

    So true! I thought for sure once our first son started sleeping through the night that we’d made it to “the other side.” Now we have another baby and I keep telling myself that once he’s sleeping through the night that we’ll be on that still elusive other side. So… what you’re telling me is that this other side simply doesn’t exist? I don’t know if I can handle this news right now 🙂

  12. Krizza
    April 24, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    Baby sign language is a way for babies to communicate their needs even before they can vocalize them..

  13. Myrtle
    April 24, 2012 | 7:38 pm

    I love listening baby’s sighs. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  14. Cari
    April 24, 2012 | 8:20 pm

    There are those times when the kids are at Grandma’s that I will actually sleep…like hit by a MAC truck sleep. Totally hear what you are saying, no more REM sleep, EVAH! {insert evil laugh here} I truly believe this is in direct correlation to the, “where are my keys, phone, etc.” issues I’ve had since giving birth.

  15. Mrs. Pancakes
    April 25, 2012 | 5:19 am

    I love my sleep so I am not
    Looking forward to this part of motherhood at all…but I’m hoping my body will just adapt…or am I too hopeful?!

  16. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    April 25, 2012 | 8:19 am

    Tell me about it! I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since, well, I was preggo with Aiden. Sigh. Just thinking about it makes me sleepy. *Yawn*

  17. Krissy
    April 25, 2012 | 11:02 am

    i feel like i sleep so much more lightly since Jas was born. I hear everything she does but I still think i sleep soundly despite it all lol

  18. Optimistic Mom
    April 25, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    Girl…..I LOVE my sleep so it was a challenge. Now my son is almost 5 and I do sleep pretty good but I do still hear stuff, but must confess I do get some of that good sleep every once in awhile. 😉 Sorry! You’ll get there again in a year or three.

  19. Nellie
    April 25, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    amen to this 🙂 I think I would pay a lot of money for 8 hours uninterupted.

  20. Liz
    April 26, 2012 | 12:04 am

    My baby is now starting to talk. I do laugh to him every he speak. I like the different sound he make just to understand what he want to..

  21. lariane
    April 26, 2012 | 7:10 pm

    I do still hear stuff, but must I confess I do get some of that good sleep every once in a while.

  22. Roses Daughter
    April 27, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    I miss sleep. I’m like you, I hear everything. And I think the anticipation of waiting to hear the child is even worse!!

  23. miss donna
    April 30, 2012 | 5:42 am

    don’t give up on it, Cam…keep hope alive! it’ll return – i promise. it might take a decade or so but it’ll come back! *speaks from experience*

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