Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SLEEP HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

ladies and gentlemen, sleep has left the building.

i knew this would happen, and yet, here i am - with thirteen weeks left in my pregnancy, slightly devastated that it has happened already.  sure, i’ve had moments of tossing and turning while i adjusted to a growing belly and sleeping almost exclusively on my left side (note for those of you who have never been pregnant: apparently sleeping on your left provides the best bloodflow to the baby) but i thought i still had time.

i knew the end of 8 hours of blissful sleep was nearing - but not now. not yet - i’m not ready to say goodbye!  as my belly has grown to epic proportions, my ability to sleep comfortably has diminished considerably (no matter how many pillows i stuff around my body), add to that about 4 bathroom breaks a night and not being able to easily fall back asleep - and my average sleep time has fallen to just under 5 hours and going downhill fast.  it doesn’t matter if i go to bed early or try to sleep in - same results. even my dr. approved sleep aid (benadryl) will leave me groggy and awake.

i know in many ways that this is all just preparation for life with a newborn - adjusting my body to multiple middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes - but i just feel like the time went by so fast and i didn’t savor sleeping as much as i should have.  i took it for granted, and now it’s gone.  who knows how many years stand between me and a good night’s sleep now… depending on how large our family grows it could be 3?  5 years maybe?

sigh.  like they always say “you don’t know what you’ve got, till it’s gone.”  we had a good long run together - me and restfulness.  33 happy years.  i don’t know when we’ll meet again, but i sure do look forward to the day.  so long my good friend, sleep.

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