24 August 2009


I'm tired.

Just signed off from Facebook saying that I was heading to bed, but the truth is that I only arrived home from work and hour ago...so while I'm tired, I'm still a little wound up from working my ridiculously LONG day and, thus, not actually sleepy.

This is one of the things that I worry about when the Little One arrives.


I've struggled with it for much of my life.

If I'm in bed before 10:00 p.m. or so I'm usually in pretty good shape to sleep the night through. Even 10:30 is OK. But once I get beyond the 10:30 mark (it's now 10:35) there's a good chance that I'll get a second wind that will wake me up for hours and hours.

What if The Kid is a night owl?

It's taken me YEARS to get to a place where I actually sleep well most nights. What happens when the Little One needs to be fed at all hours? Will I actually be able to get back to sleep? Am I going to be one of those Zombie Parents who stumbles through each day for years until the Little One manages to get a regular sleep routine?

I probably shouldn't worry about this (especially because excessive worrying and anxiety are key factors in insomnia!), but, of course, I do.

Ah well.

Think I will actually sign off now and head to be with my book. Perhaps a few pages of A Letter of Mary will send me off into peaceful slumber.




  1. It is possible to get sleep. Not as much as you'd like, but enough. Be prepared, however, to always feel tired. The energy required to be vigilant is enormous. I had no idea. Our little one was sleeping in her crib through the night pretty much by 8 months of age. Husband took the night shift feeding during the first 8-9 months until she stopped needing to eat mid-night.

    Once she got to taking long enough naps (90 mins.) and I got more relaxed, I was able to also take naps. Most days I don't now, but sometimes I just need it.

    We are very strict about honoring her bedtime routine and rarely go out in the evening and push her beyond her best sleep window. Other people take their kids out for late nights. At her age, she's in bed no later than 8:30 (when she was really little it was 7 and 7:30). Routines are your friend!

  2. I had the same problem for years. I went and had a sleep study done ( which is painless) and they discovered I have sleep apena. I was fitted with a CPAP machine and that was over 2 years ago. It has made a major change in my life.