Who doesn’t love being jolted awake in the middle of the night? Me. I don’t love being jolted awake in the middle of the night. But as a parent, it comes with the territory.
In your years as a Mom, you will be awakened suddenly at any given time of night by obvious things, like the sound of your child crying, from day one. You will also be woken up by some not-so obvious things, like realizing that you are holding your infant like a football over the edge of the bed because you fell asleep in the middle of feeding him due to severe sleep deprivation, and by some miracle haven’t dropped him yet. Uh, you know, or so I’ve heard.
Anyway…. every new parent expects those sleepless nights, but they will not stop once your baby isn’t so much a baby any more.
The reasons are endless and include, but are not limited to:
- The sound of vomiting
- “I’m thirsty.”
- “My leg hurts.”
- “I need you to fix my blankets.”
- “I can’t find (insert name of favorite stuffed animal).”
- “I heard a noise.”
- “I can’t sleep.”
- “I only feel like I have to throw up.”
- “I fell out of bed.”
- “My pillow smells funny.”
- “My water cup fell on my head.”
And my personal favorite:
- You didn’t realize your kid got into bed with you and they punch, kick, or headbutt you right in the face.
I find it interesting that, except for that last one, Dads seem to be immune to being woken up at night. At least my husband is (or would have me believe). In any case, if you are able to get back to sleep once your heart-rate returns to a normal level, you are one of the lucky ones. If not, maybe toss your kid into the bed with their Dad while you sit on the couch watching reruns of “Friends,” patiently waiting for the sound of those sweet little hands, feet, or heads making contact with your husband’s face.