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Tired… Oh So Tired… I Need Somebody to Let Me Sleeeeeeep

Tired… Oh So Tired… I Need Somebody to Let Me Sleeeeeeep

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Raise your hand if you are downright exhausted. Good. I see at least ONE of you out there raised your hand. I also heard the one of you who shouted loudly at me – something along the lines of, “HELL YES… I AM EXHAUSTED.”

I’m tired.  Oh so tired.

A few nights ago, Willow went to bed at 8:30pm.  We were like, “Ahhh… mommy and daddy time” (and not THAT kind of mommy and daddy time – just cuddle and TV time because seriously, some nights that is all we can muster) and we settled in to a mindless show that allowed us to decompress.

Until she woke up at 9:15pm.

Then again at 10:05pm.

Then again at 11:30pm.

Then again at 12:45am but this time she stayed awake for a few hours watching Toopy & Binoo in our bed.

Then fell asleep in the Jeep as daddy drove her around at 4am.

Then nursed off of me for at least two hours intermittently but I lost track because I am now a nursing ninja and can nurse her while lying beside her and I don’t really fully wake up.

Then woke up at 8am and babbled until I gave her my iPhone to play with until my retinas stopped burning and I could muster a “good morning.”

I woke up and Tweeted:

Yeah.  I really, really, really, really wanted strong coffee and seriously, would not have turned down a sedative at that point.  Hell, I would have taken a horse tranquilizer if it meant some solid sleep hours.

So, I did what every other mom does in that moment.  I Facebook messaged my mom and wrote her a guilt-ridden message about my tiredness and asked her if she and my dad were coming into the city for breakfast because I needed some parental support.  Unfortunately, she and dad were prepping for an open house so they weren’t able to help me out.

I then texted my husband, who at this point had bailed on me and was asleep in Willow’s room, and said, “Are you still here or are you running because I need coffee.”  I may have thrown in an expletive or three.  And yes, I was so tired that I couldn’t even muster up the effort to get out of bed to see if he was here.  I texted him.  Like loving wives do.  After wrestling the iPhone from Willow’s grip and after prying my eyes open with toothpicks.  It was all kinds of awesome.

I did manage to get out of bed, get Willow dressed, get myself dressed and drag us all out for breakfast but damn was I tired. In fact, I looked at Steve and said, “Dude.  I’m ultra-sensitive today so if you are going to be sarcastic, do not aim it in my direction because I will break the sarcasm in half, throw it on the ground and spit on it.  Then I will light it on fire and videotape it burning and show it you every time you so much as think of being sarcastic around me.”

I’m not the nicest when I’m tired.

Okay, so the point of this whole post?  To see if anyone else out there is as tired as I am some days and people… I’m not looking for advice like, “Go to bed earlier” or “Let her cry it out” or “This too shall pass”… No.  I want to roll around in the misery of being so tired with other people who are as tired so we can all look at each other and say, “Damn.  You look mighty fine with those giant black bags under your eyes and those incoherent sentences?  I understand them perfectly.”

If you fit THAT bill, comment below so we can get together and hook up an IV line of dark roast coffee while we share our war stories.

You see this peacefully sleeping baby? The peacefulness is a LIE!

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Comments (8)

  1. Lindsay D Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Ava was a CHAMP sleeper at 6 weeks (STTN) and then 4 months & teeth hit, and quite frankly, I don't remember the last time I wasn't tired. I need sleep... and one of those coffee IV's you speak of, where do I get one?
    • Erin
      Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
      LINDSAY! The same thing happened to me. WIllow was sleeping through the night up until 4 months and then BAM, sleepless child. I'll hook you up with an IV drip at my house.. in the basement... where it's nice and dark. And no, that doesn't sound creepy AT ALL lol
  2. Christine Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Sounds like last night with my little guy. He's been battling a fever for about 24 hrs and is just plain miserable. If I got three hrs sleep total last night I'd be shocked. I brewed coffee w my keurig and forgot the mug so the tray was full. Awesome! Here's hoping he and I sleep better tonight!
  3. Jodie Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    I've got twins that are almost 3 weeks old. We never sleep!! It seems like every night is different! Sometimes we get a 4 hour block, but recently it's been every 2 hours through the night. So draining!!
  4. Abi Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    I am a very tired and a nursing ninja to a 19months old who never slept through the night! What you wrote is my everyday. I wish i could tell you more, but am so tired and all I need is sedatives, a nanny, and an IV line with coffee!
  5. Roberta Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    I want to complain too! This time last year I was so much more tired then I am now (when I made the decision not to drive if I had 3+ nights of less then 4 hours of total sleep). But I have had maybe 2 nights of 6 or 7 hours of solid sleep since then (and those were because I was sick and I just couldn't get up) and I'm exhausted! My son nurses during the night, but in the last few months, I've found that I can no longer sleep through it (he is now 2 years old and is big). There was about a month in which he was waking only once, sometimes twice through the night until my grandfather passed away and I was gone overnight, then he started getting up 6+ times each night. Now, almost two months later, he is usually up 3 or 4 times and I end up spending at least part of the night in his bed. And to top that off, my almost 4 year old has started worrying about everything (especially the house burning down) and doesn't want to be alone. She won't go to sleep without us near her and has started getting up again through the night (she started sleeping through the night at 16 months and was a great sleeper after that). Okay, I feel a bit better :).
  6. Nina Tuesday - 06 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    So tired and my kids are sleeping through the night, I'm not but they are, most nights. It sucks.
  7. Tina "Sleepless" Beal Wednesday - 07 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Welcome to my little world where at least 5 nights out of 7 (no joke) what you just my life (except my husband just sleeps through the entire thing). I am so exhausted sometimes I do not even know if I am awake or dreaming...sleep depravation, unhealthy weight loss, stress, chaos, uncontrollable emotions, and scars from toothpick placement doesn't sound much like a dream does it? Hey, at least my little sleepless night terrors are saints during the day. If they weren't I am sure I would be laying face-down in my kitchen where I collapsed from what I refer to as "mommy-going-nutty syndrome"! I as well survive strictly due to my large coffee intake. If you need a club name let me know, maybe we can get t-shirts made that say, "YES, I AM FREAKING TIRED. I DON'T NEED YOU TO TELL ME I LOOK IT!" or maybe, "NAP TIME FOR MOMMIES SHOULD BE LAW!".

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