What the heck does that phrase mean, sleeping like a baby? It used to think it meant sleeping peacefully all throughout the night. Yeah, right. I’ve been sleeping like a baby during the last three months of nights and I’m gettin’ pretty tired. Too bad I can’t sleep like a baby during the daytime too.
A few nights ago Henley woke up at 1 AM and did not go back to sleep until 3 AM. I did pretty well staying up with her until about 2:00. That’s when I felt like my eyelids were as heavy as an army tank falling off a thirty foot cliff. Strange analogy? Well, your mind gets a little loopy when sleep deprived. That’s when I quit playing with Henley and tried everything I could think of to get her little eyes to close. I sang to her, rocked her, fed her, gave her a pacifier, walked with her, swayed with her, danced with her, snuggled on the couch with her, changed her diaper, fed her again, rocked her some more, and read her a story. She continued to giggle and coo, laugh and smile, and not go to sleep. The. Little. Twerp. I was just about to throw in the towel and call in the reinforcements, namely, Mr. Rancher, when the sleepless little stinker rolled over on her blankie and fell fast asleep. I dragged myself to a hunched standing position, scooped her up, and laid her in her cradle. The clock read 2:59 AM when I dropped back into my bed.
Two hours later, Henley was awake again and ready to eat. Bleary-eyed I nursed her, practically in my sleep, and thought about better nights, when I could sleep for eight hours straight. I never got up during the middle of the night until I got pregnant with Henley. Then I had to use the bathroom a couple times a night. When I was hugely pregnant I woke up out of discomfort. Now, the little missy wakes me up to nurse or, on the bad nights, just to play. I have a new-found respect for all the mothers out there. It’s not easy sleeping like a baby during the night and working like an adult during the day.
Here’s to a week of better sleep!
This is the little stinker at about 1:45 AM. Smug as a bug.