Ah sleep, my old friend. If you’re pregnant or planning to be come a parent, those other parents are not joking when they say “get all the sleep you can now, you’ll miss it when the baby comes!” They are so right. Estelle is 18 months now and she was a great sleeper as an itty bitty, but she still woke up to nurse during the night and I still lost plenty of sleep. Sometimes in the middle of my crazy schedule, it catches up with me. I need to go to bed at 8pm or take a nap when Estelle does, but it’s not always that easy. “Sleep when the baby sleeps” is unrealistic advice, in my personal opinion. In reality it’s more like “get all the cleaning done you possibly can, while the baby sleeps”. That’s how it goes for me anyway. All the dishes, laundry, sweeping, etc. is done in the hour and a half that I maybe get.
Now include my teenage girls in the mix, and thats a whole new level of tired. My sister gives me the most trouble of the two, for now, and it’s just exhausting. She loves to argue about anything and everything. It’s sad because her teenage anger against the world affects every aspect of her life. Some days it seems like she can’t see the good, some days it’s a complete flip and shes the happiest we’ve ever seen. Teenagers make you lose sleep in a different way. You’re up worrying about them, thinking about your arguments from earlier and hoping it ends tomorrow.
Anyway, I’m tired. Maybe I’ll catch up someday, but I’m not going to hold my breath on it. So for now I’ll have to find ways to cover these dark circles under my eyes.