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Why don't kids sleep?

I am a zombie this week, I can barely keep my eyes open, I want to cry every morning when Maddie wakes up (we don’t need an alarm…we have Maddie). The house has turned into more of a disaster than normal (and for those of you who have seen it recently I bet you did not know it could get worse) the laundry is backed up (when is it not…well 2 years ago I was caught up) the dishes are covering the stove (you might wonder how I cook food for the kids like this…I do too)

On Friday Nick got the stomach flu (8 kids in his class were out with it (out of 16)) I was up for him 4 hours in the middle of the night (although Scott was the one that got to deal with the vomit). When he woke up the next morning it turned out he had had diarrhea in the middle of the night in his jammies, so it was all over him, his jammies and bedding and bedroom carpet..and it got on the bathroom run cleaning him up (so 5 loads of laundry and some carpet scrubbing). He puked in the bathtub when we gave him his first drink of the day so I had to sanitize the tub and tub toys (although they are still in the bathroom sink dirty).

Saturday Maddie was teething again, she is getting 3 molars and a front bottom tooth all at the same time, so she is very miserable, she has a pacifier in her mouth constantly because if she closes her mouth she sobs, because she stabs her lower gums with her new molar points, she has been waking up every 4 hours all night for her next dose of Tylenol like clockwork. I don’t remember most of Saturday, I was not feeling well, but I was awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night even though the kids were sleeping because I did not feel well…I never got sick…I just did not feel good.

Sunday Maddie ‘fell’ (was tripped by her brother) and bashed her head on the corner of the door and had a giant goose egg with a cut right before bed. I finally got her to sleep (with Tylenol and an icepack) but we waited until she woke up crying to give her her next dose…but it was not enough pain relief (she is 1 pound away from the next dosage amount on the bottle, we have since looked it up and are dosing her more appropriately) and she was awake for 4 hours in the middle of the night and so was I.

Monday, I was tired so I had some caffeine to keep me awake so Scott could get a nap (he let me sleep in) Nick was feeling great and Maddie was doing better (still teething but the right dose of Tylenol was working) so Nick and I shoveled the driveway and made a giant caterpillar during Maddies nap. Well I had too much caffeine and could not sleep from 2-6am even though the kids were sleeping (Scott let me sleep in to 9, and went to work late)

Somewhere in there Nick and I organized and cleaned up all of the toys, we have a lot of nice toys! However we never sorted the cars out from the junk/garbage pile and we never put away the ‘needs new batteries’ pile so the family room is a total dump! I am also so behind on laundry, I had big plans to catch up on the 8 loads of dirty clothes (yea there are summer shorts in the pile)

So adding it up in a 4 day period I am short 14 hours of sleep…yea no wonder I am a zombie.

Does having kids ever get easier?

This is crazy, I would love being a mommy…if I could stay awake and remember it, I think.

1 Response to Why don't kids sleep?

  1. MaggieNo Gravatar

    Laura, I just had to read your blog after your posts on facebook. I too have a human alarm clock every morning at 5:50 a.m. No fun at all. Good luck!

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