You don't know pain as a mother until you listen to your 4 year old…
The one with no sleep….
File it under things they don’t tell you about having 2 kids. Last night was a doosey!! And given that at this stage in my life, a typical night has me sleeping a total of 5 or 6 hours in 90 minute intervals, you know when I say it’s a doosey it really is above and beyond.
My poor big girl had one of her migraines. Sometimes I hate mommy radar, as I had commented to my sister in law on Facebook just before bed that with the storm brewing here in Vancouver, I wouldn’t be surprised if Adri had a migraine. Apparently I forgot to touch wood. I hadn’t actually fallen asleep myself until midnight. Aven was doing the little peep of a cry every 30 minutes. Not enough to get me out if bed but enough to keep me on edge thinking she was going to wake up any minute. She finally did about 45 minutes after I fell asleep. I had just finished feeding, changing, settling her and then myself back to sleep when Adri appeared in my bedroom full blown crying about her head. It was 2:45am. Luckily I was able to get her back out without waking her sister. Unluckily, her sister woke up about 45 minutes later doing the happy squeal and chat thing that tells me she’s not going back to sleep anytime soon. I also knew that we were just 45 minutes into a 2+ hour ordeal with Adri’s migraine. It’s nights like this that I curse my hubby’s midnight work schedule.
So I left both kids screaming in my bedroom to make a bottle for Aven. She sucked it dry and went to sleep. Adri was the bravest girl during that time and was able to be quiet enough in the throes of her migraine to allow her sister to fall asleep so I could help her. With her second dose of meds and some amazing breathing exercises she actually went to sleep WITHOUT throwing up. This is a big deal.
Of course, just as I drifted off, my sunshine wakes up. I bring her into bed with Adri and I. Me occupying the tiny sliver of bed teetering on the edge of falling off and nary a blanket corner in sight. Did I mention that we have a king sized bed? Thankfully she fell asleep fairly quickly and Adri never woke up. I grabbed the last 45 minutes of precious sleep before everyone woke up and we began the mad rush to school.
I have never been more thankful for my hubby as when I discovered he left the coffee maker all ready to go and all I had to do was push a button. Even that tested my abilities this morning.
Anyone else have awful, crazy nights like this or is it just me? I’d love to hear but be warned, I will not be responsible for my actions if anyone says “sleep when the baby sleeps!”