Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Five signs you’re sleep deprived

I know I said I wasn’t going to post today, that I’d return on Friday. I really didn’t plan to post today. Really, I didn’t. But, then, I haven’t been in my right mind lately…

I haven’t had a full night’s sleep since September 23 because, when night falls, I’m the lone ranger here at Casa Conover. Make no mistake, Scott does what he can, but until he grows a set of lactating breasts, he can’t offer much in the way of a contribution.

Kennedy is a very good baby who’s had her days and nights straight seemingly since the day we brought her home.

However. She still wakes for feedings at exactly 2 a.m., 5:30 a.m., and 7:30 a.m., which, of course, is through no fault of her own. I read somewhere that until babies hit 15 pounds, they don’t have enough “fat” to stave off middle-of-the-night hunger pangs. Kennedy isn’t far off – I’m guessing she’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 pounds (I’ll find out at her well-visit next week). But this has been a bit of an adjustment for me because Scotty weighed a whopping 20 pounds by now and was sleeping, well, like a baby, straight through the night.

But it’s a different day. And I have reason – at least five of them – to believe that the sleep deprivation is getting to me. You might be sleep deprived if:

  1. You call your insurance company to submit payment for your spouse’s car insurance bill, and when the representative answers, you say without hesitation, “I’d like to place an order for carry-out.” 
  2. When in the midst of sub-zero temperatures, you’re backing out of the garage and feel the unfamiliar sensation of cold metal (the accelerator) against your toes. You look down, and that’s when you realize you’re still wearing flip-flops.
  3. You can’t find your favorite yoga pants, and you’ve searched everywhere. Finally, you find them in the washer…where they’ve been for several days…because you forgot to put the entire load into the dryer.
  4. You’re tearing the kitchen apart trying to locate your saltine crackers – they’re not where you usually leave them. No, that’s because you’ve put them in the drawer…inside the refrigerator.
  5. You’re at the kitchen sink rinsing dishes and rocking your baby’s cradle with your foot, when your toddler brings you an orange to peel. You turn off the water, peel the fruit, and then resume rinsing the dishes with your left hand, and at the same time, extend your right hand with the fruit in it. After a couple beats, you wonder why your toddler hasn’t grabbed the fruit. It’s because you’re actually dangling it in front of the baby.

Yours truly did all of the above in the past three days. Here’s to hoping my next move isn’t an attempt to brush my teeth with a stick of deodorant. What absent-minded things have you done lately? Please, God, tell me I’m not the only one. Share yours in the comment section below...and for even more signs of sleep deprivation, check out the list I penned for Scary Mommy.

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15 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry. Unfortunately, I seem to be adjusting to the sleep deprivation, which I hate because I LOVE sleep. I've been going to sleep at midnight, waking to nurse a couple of times a night, and up by 7. I'm returning the visit and I'll be back. Nice to have a new friend.

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    1. So you're up a couple times a night, eh'? Well, then. You're my kind of people. LOL But, then, you're doing better than me if you can use the word "adjusting." I don't know what adjusting feels like. I'll be back to visit you, too! Most likely at night or when the kids are napping. Otherwise, there will be extra sets of hands banging around on my keyboard. Grrrrrrr.

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  2. Hey! I saw your comment on my blog Urban Times In Michigan. My most recent moment is washing my hair with body wash.

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    1. Hi, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by...and for sharing your latest "D'oh!" moment, although I must admit, yours is actually pretty mild -- which is a good thing. I actually call yours being efficient. You killed two birds with one stone. (Sorry for the phrase, PETA.) I'd wash my hair with a bar of soap if it would save me time...

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  3. Hi Courtney! This is Lindsey from Michigan Mom Living. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your site is adorable. Love it!

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    1. You're quite welcome! Thank you for coming over. I'll be back for another visit soon...

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  4. That 15-pound thing holds true, if it's any consolation. It feels like the moment Tycho hit 15lbs, he was making it closer and closer to sleeping through the night. I'm not sure how much he weighs now -- our well visit was canceled and needs to be rescheduled (thanks for reminding me, by the way! ... inadvertently...!) -- but he's got to be over 17lbs and sleeps through most nights without issue. It's GLORIOUS. As I'm sure you know having a toddler yourself. :)

    The lack of sleep the first six months, though... man. That was enough to make me reconsider having a second. Damn.

    Anyway, stopping by from Bloggy Moms! Thanks for coming by, you've got yourself a new follower!

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  5. Hi, Stephanie! Welcome...and thank you for commenting! Ah, yes...sleeping through the night: It is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Scotty has always done well in that department; the jury is still out on Kennedy. She's had her days and night straight from Jump Street, which is half the battle, so that's good...Anyhoo, I really enjoyed your blog and will be stopping by regularly going forward. I'm glad our virtual paths have crossed.

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    1. I am, too! I've really enjoyed reading your blog. :)

      Hopefully Kennedy becomes a good sleeper like her big brother! Apparently girls have a better chance at that...? Oh, and I have to mention, I LOVE her name. It was one of our contenders if Tycho ended up being a girl. :)

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    2. Thanks, Stephanie...and Happy Friday! Your blog is on my to-do list today, and I have no doubt I'll find the time to read it. Other items on the list, however, such as cleaning the bathroom and folding laundry don't have a snowball's chance in you-know-where of getting done. ;-)

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  6. HAHAHA awesome. I think my favorite is the carry out one. Nah. It's the flip flops one. HAHA

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  7. Ha! I just posted a similar post about being sleep deprived the other day. I blame it all on breastfeeding, lol! But really, it is so hard and I know exactly how you feel. My little guy is so interested in the world around him that he could care less about sleep. Hubs & I, not so much! He's just now at 15 lbs, but he's going through that lovely 4 month sleep regression. Fortunately, it doesn't last forever, so here's to restful nights soon!

    Tenns @ New Mama Diaries

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    1. Hi, Tenns! Hang in there, Mama! I had never actually heard of the 4-month sleep regression stage. My son -- who was a whopping 22 pounds at only 4 months (big just like his daddy) was a saintly sleeper, and still is today, so I thought his sister would be the same way. But no dice. She'll be 5 months tomorrow, and her issue was wanting to sleep with the paci...and everytime it fell out, she awoke and I had to go back and pop it back in! We kicked the paci this week. Cold turkey. That shaved at least 3 x I had to get up each night! I still get up for two feedings, as she's a little peanut compared to her big brother.

      But, hey, don't blame breastfeeding -- thank it. Imagine getting up in the middle of the night and the first thing you have to do is trek to the kitchen to make a bottle. No, thank you, I prefer whipping out the boob. lol

      Lastly, my sleep deprivation list has been super-sized and picked up by Scary Mommy! It was posted on Friday and is still up...I've added a lot to it, and you can find it here:

      http://www.scarymommy.com/ten-signs-youre-a-sleep-deprived-mom/

      Thanks for commenting, and enjoy your Sunday!!

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  8. Yep, your mind is on shutdown due to sleep deprivation, Courtney! All five scenarios had me smiling, but #1 takes the cake.

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    1. Hi, Alison! Honest to God, hand to heart I did that.

      And that's when the inspiration for this list was born...(I've written an updated one for Scary Mommy, which you can read by clicking on the Scary Mommy link above at the end of the article.)

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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