I have two certain moments in my day that I always look forward to. They are both bitter sweet moments in my day that can make or break it. They are the evening where everyone is snuggling and the morning when everyone is waking up.
The evening is by far my favorite. Everyone is tired and snuggly and just wants to be next to mom. I love this moment. It is warm, peaceful and filled with love. But as fast as this lovely moment comes; it is taken away just as fast! Darkness slips in. Tiredness sets in. Both of these take away my wonderful children and ruin my amazing glimmer of solitude. The whining begins in the voice of a high pitch squeal that only dogs can hear and I only make out what they are saying by the extravagant hand gestures that suddenly evolved. Our boo-boos, which we had forgotten about, now suddenly are making my kids need to go to the hospital and require urgent attention. And if I am out of Band-Aids, look out; it’s going to be a long night. Their lovely bodies begin to move like slugs as they slowly crawl up the stairs to their beds, leaving a trail of nasty slimy attitude behind. Meanwhile, they have perfected the puss – in –boots look all the way to the top step.
I finally get them to bed and then one needs a drink of water. While I am getting a drink of water down stairs for one, the other child then crawls into my bed and has already fallen asleep. I drop off the glass of water and then go to MY bed and find handsome locks of Gold just sleeping away on my pillow. For some strange reason, I now feel bad for those poor bears in that story. I roll him over thinking that it would be nice for someone to snuggle with in bed anyways. What harm can it do? I then get into bed after slowly rolling over the tired little monster and I claim my side of the bed. Let me tell you… This works for only a bit in the night.
Can someone please tell me why children cannot sleep like normal human beings throughout the night? They come and infest my bed and then insist on showing me that they have learned what letter their name starts with in their sleep. What I mean by this is that I am sleeping vertically and my son has his feet in my back forming the letter “T”! Now I am so proud of him for knowing his letters, but not in the middle of the night! Then he becomes a professional boxer, pulling out moves I have never seen before. I wake up from a dead sleep by a swinging fist right in the eye. I have been head butted in the mouth and they always hit your lip just right on your teeth so that it bleeds. I have been sneezed on in my sleep and I have caught both kids from falling out of the bed in the middle of the night. Now as the alarm is buzzing at 530, I begin to hate the morning already. I feel like I haven’t slept a wink and I am dragging. Snooze. But for one second, as my daughter crawls in the bed and my son is still snoring away, there is that moment again. Only for a second, and then my alarm redeems itself from the snooze I pushed earlier.
Once I get to work, I have my daily coffee which consists of one Mountain Dew (I don’t do coffee but need to stay awake after a night like that). And here comes the first person who comes by my desk tries to judge me for drinking a soda this early in the morning and says some snooty remark. I suddenly remember those boxing moves my son taught me in the middle of the night!
Now I could not let him snuggle in my bed or not let Tybee crawl in my bed in the morning, but honestly I live for those few moments; those precious moments where everyone is at peace. If I lose a few hours of sleep at night, who cares; I figure I can make those up long after they are gone and it’s no longer cool to snuggle with your mom. J