Friday, July 3, 2009

Sleep

I slept in this morning. And I took a nap.

Sleep is very important to me. I didn't get enough of it for many years during high school and it wasn't until college and I got to sleep regularly again that I realized the toll it had taken on me. After that, I learned to appreciate it.

In fact, I appreciate it so much it is my definition of success.

Good Sleep = Success

I have taken this philosophy to heart for several years. You can't have good sleep if you are hungry or stressed or if you don't have a comfortable place to sleep. Good sleep can't be bought and pills don't really cut it. If you're life's not right you won't have it.

I truly believed this until now.

I've been dead tired lately. The fatigue has really set in, but also the getting up 2-3 times a night to pee hasn't helped. And I know that eventually when the kid gets here I won't know how I'm able to function on so little sleep, but somehow, I'm sure I will. And I'm so very grateful for being so dead tired.

Apparently my definition of success no longer applies, or at least for the many sleepless years that are to come. Maybe I'll never sleep like I did before, always worried about about where my children are and if they're ok. Oh well, it will be worth it.

4 comments:

Celia said...

If you lean forward on the toilet, it will tip the last drops of pee out and get your bladder as empty as possible. So maybe you can make it a little longer in between.

Michelle said...

I think I was more tired during pregnancy than after K was born. I was up a whole lot more especially towards the end, than when he was a newborn and eating all the time. I think it's just a way of preparing you.
I hope you are able to rest and get lots of naps and sleep in during the long weekend.

Amanda said...

Celia, you crack me up! Very practical advice. I do that, but alas,I'm still up several times a night.

birdsandsquirrels said...

I agree with you. Sleep is so important. I don't always sleep well anyways, so I appreciate it so much when I do get enough good sleep. I never used to get up at night to pee until this pregnancy. Now I'm up at least 2-3 times a night. I'm starting to kind of stumble to the bathroom in the dark (with nightlights) without fully waking up, and I can usually fall back to sleep fairly quickly.

This morning we slept in until nearly 10am. By 11:30, I went to lay down for a nap. That's how exhausted I am, and I haven't done ANYTHING!

I know that once the baby comes, I will be getting crappy sleep. There will be no more sleeping in. But you are right, it will be worth it.