“If you sleep like this, what will you do when you have kids?”, my mother used to chide me every other day. And I would faithfully reply, “I will sleep with them” 🙂
Sleep – something that has seldom given me any issues. More often that not, it was a lack of time that troubled me more. Imagine this, you go to office when normal people start home from office, get back stealthily like a thief when the rest of the family has reached stage two or even three of their slumber, and wake up with them! Yes, I said it right. That is how it was for almost seven years. There were days when I hit the bed at five in the morning only to wake up an hour later to send the son off to school. Yes, I do go back to sleep after everyone has left for about 2-3 hours. Finally bid adeu to that mad rush when my body started protesting in all ways that it knew.
Was scared when the babies were due. Used to warn them while they were safely cocooned inside, “you come out and show your attitude at nights, and I’ll show you mine”. I don’t need any research to prove that babies actually know what is happening outside when they are in the womb, both of them were peaceful angels and has seldom given me any trouble. Husband sayys it was more of a matter of survival for them.
Next were the fights – must have kept awake after our first major one. Then the logical part of the brain took over. Ok, we are going to be tied to each other for life. Knowing the fire brands that we are, some amount of pyrotechnics is bound to happen. Why lose sleep over it?
Yes, there were a couple of nights when one of the kids were ill, but then did I have any other choice when your son clings to you and asks you to sing to him? Come on, he must be the only soul in this whole universe who has willingly asked me to sing, shouldn’t I give him some respect?
Before you write me off as a sleepyhead, there is one thing that I can and have spent countless insomniac nights on – books 🙂 I have stayed up before exams, major presentations in office, long travels, after travels and what not, just to finish a book that engrossed me. And I sure do hope they remain the sole reasons for my sleepless nights in future too 🙂
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