I am a mom to 3 (amazing, if I do say so myself) children. Boys, I should also add. 3 boys! I knew as soon as I had my first son I would be a boy mom. So weird, but I totally did.
My youngest son is 5 months old. We are still in the sleepless nights phase. It is catching up to me. When I first came back from maternity leave, I was running on adrenaline. Now, as more time is going by, I feel as though that lack of sleep is catching up to me. My coffee cup is getting larger and larger as the days progress.
As I was driving to work today, a song came on the radio that reminded me of my college days. I reminisced a little about those days. A smile crossed my face as I thought about all of the amazing memories from this time in my life. Then, I thought about sleep. Staying up all night in college to finish that paper that I procrastinated till the night before the due date, or going out with friends until the sun came up. I thought I was tired then, but now being a parent…I had no idea how rested I was! Even though I stayed up late to finish that paper, I was able to nap between classes the next day. Or, if I had stayed out with friends until the sun came up, I would have slept in till noon Saturday morning. Now, when I am up all night with my newborn, my alarm clock goes off at 5:15 AM. (Unless of course a child has me up already!) There is no time to catch up on sleep or to recharge on the weekends. It is a constant marathon with no break in sight.
I’m not complaining. I love every second of my awake time with my kids. I just would love to one day soon be “as tired as I was in college.” Because man, that sounds pretty rested!