Being a mom of two has brought a whole new level of exhaustion to my life. With my first child, I was tired, but adding a second child has upped the bar. The advice “sleep when the baby sleeps” worked well for my oldest. He’d nap, I’d nap, not always, but it was definitely a real possibility. Fast forward 5 years and naps are impossible. With a 5 year age gap between my kids, my oldest doesn’t nap anymore and his schedule is much more demanding. There’s carpool daily and gymnastics weekly. There’s playdates and one-on-one mommy time.
Baby #2 is not a great sleeper. He seems to thrive on a 10 minute car nap. On a good night, he’s up every 3 hours to eat. Some nights it’s every 1-2 hours. As soon as my head hits the pillow and I close my eyes I feel like I’m up again. The struggle is real! I’m exhuasted and long for a nap. Here’s a list of all the places I daydream about napping.
- The waiting room at the doctor’s office.
- The third row of the van.
- The couches in the lobby of my son’s preschool.
- The comfy glider in the church’s mother’s room.
- The benches at the park.
- A booth at Chick-fil-a.
- My husband’s office. Does he take naps under his desk? Because I totally would if I were him.
- The shower.
- The locker room at the gym. That’s what the childcare is for, right?
- The dentist chair.
- The chair at the salon. You wash, I’ll sleep.
- The lawn furniture at Target.
- An airplane. I’ll take a ticket to somewhere warm please!
- A warm pile of laundry.
- My bed. One day…
Kids are exhausting, but time flies. Before long my kids will be sleeping through the night and no longer needing me. I’ll miss those 3 am cuddles, the smiles from a baby that’s fighting a nap. In the mean time, coffee will be my BFF.