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Dangerous Mommying

When I really stop to think about how long it has been since I have had a full night’s sleep, it gets overwhelming.  Honestly?  I can’t remember how long it has been.  The answer isn’t simply 6 months, 1 week and 2 days, because, let’s be honest, sleeping gets much harder the further into pregnancy you get.  All I do know is that it has been at least half a year since I slept through the night – probably (certainly) longer.

It really is a miracle how a body just adapts to motherhood.  I don’t know if it is the sleepless pregnant nights or the hours upon hours of labour that shocks a mother’s body into adapting to numerous wake-ups a night.

Before I got pregnant, I didn’t know how I would handle getting up in the middle of the night with a baby.  I was a sound sleeper and I needed my sleep.  As soon as my baby was in my arms, I somehow found the ability to wake up and take care of the baby and still manage to function during the day.

… Until this week.

All of a sudden, all of the months of restless nights caught up with me.  I have been so tired.  So. Unbelievably. Tired.  Dangerously tired.

On Monday I went for a drive and almost made two critical driving mistakes.  I missed a red light, but was turning right and no one was coming so it wasn’t obvious.  I also almost managed to turn the wrong way onto oncoming traffic until I realized and quickly turned the other way.

My sleep deprivation had gotten to such a state that I was an impaired driver with a baby in the backseat.

I am certainly looking forward to the nights when I finally will get a full night sleep.  For now, I’m calling a time out.  There has gotta be a pause button my baby right?

I bet that third tooth that has already popped through and the fourth one that is coming is going to be some cute though.

Ah, to sleep like a baby.
Photo taken Sunday, September 12, 2010
6 months, 6 days old

About Laura O'Rourke

I’m Laura. Wife to Dan. Mama to Cameron and Gavin. Blogger. Photographer. I’ve been declared “baby crazy” by my husband. I’ve been blogging since 2003 when I was a teenager. My first blog post ever begged forgiveness for all the future blog posts that would follow. Consider that still in effect. I met my husband through blogging, I planned a wedding while blogging, and we tweeted the births of both of our sons. Consider this my memoir, my legacy, my letter to my children and my hand reaching out to other Moms. I love being a wife. I love being a Mom. I love blogging. And I can’t wait to meet you.


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