Getting old

Jack is usually in bed by 7 most nights these days.  I pick him up from daycare a little after 5, then it’s home to nurse and get whatever quality time we can before he demands sleep.  Some nights he holds out for Joe to get home from work and rock him to sleep, and some nights I start dinner and then rock with him.  Whether in our arms, in a swing, or in the glider, he has always been a rocker.

Since Jack is in bed fairly early, this means he awakens early.  Lately it’s been 6am!  Joe and I are by no means morning people, although Joe handles the early hour a little better than I do.  I am a 9-hour-a-night (10-12 on weekends) sleeper and don’t like to nap, so the lack of sleep since Jack has turned 6 months old (when he got his first tooth) has been particularly difficult for me.  Joe helps a lot on weekends, taking the early shift in the morning so that I can get my Z’s and then he takes naps when he needs to.

Saturday night I was chatting with my friend Beth and Jack stirred, so I told Beth I had to go and tend to him and then I was going to bed.  She was surprised since it was only 9pm.  My response – I’m tired and getting old.  Truly, it feels that way.  We have really taken to the 9pm bedtime lately, and the earlier we get to bed, the more opportunity we have to get enough sleep.  I’ve also gotten better about sleeping when Jack sleeps, including during nap time.  I took two naps this weekend in addition to the earlier bedtime.  I won’t even mention how early we eat dinner.  I’m getting old and I love it!

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Comments

  1. Ha ha ha! I can so totally identify with you on the amount of sleep you need. This 8 hours or less crap is for the birds! I differ in the fact that I like to nap, even though it can leave me restless at night.

    I’m looking forward to more regular naps during the day, once I’m done my job. It’s going to be such a relief!

    I haven’t started going to bed by 9 pm, yet, but I can see that happening in my future! We have close friends who were major night owls. They used to be up until 1 or 2 in the morning on most nights. Now that they have a kid? In bed and fast asleep by 10 pm because that 2 or 3 am feeding comes pretty early!

  2. Ha ha ha! I can so totally identify with you on the amount of sleep you need. This 8 hours or less crap is for the birds! I differ in the fact that I like to nap, even though it can leave me restless at night.

    I’m looking forward to more regular naps during the day, once I’m done my job. It’s going to be such a relief!

    I haven’t started going to bed by 9 pm, yet, but I can see that happening in my future! We have close friends who were major night owls. They used to be up until 1 or 2 in the morning on most nights. Now that they have a kid? In bed and fast asleep by 10 pm because that 2 or 3 am feeding comes pretty early!

  3. I certainly wasn’t mocking you for being tired. The getting old and sleepy thing is not exclusive to having kids. 😉 I have to wake up by 6am for work and if I don’t get to bed by 10-11pm (the earlier the better) I am exhausted. I cherish my 45 minute commute now because it gives me the opportunity to nap without distractions. Gunnar hasn’t been sleeping well lately so neither have I. On the weekends my stupid internal clock won’t let me sleep past 7-8am ever no matter how tired I am.

    When we were on vacation this weekend we found ourselves dined, back at the hotel room, in our pajamas and falling asleep at 9pm. Also, don’t tell anyone, but I fell asleep at my desk earlier. 🙂

  4. I certainly wasn’t mocking you for being tired. The getting old and sleepy thing is not exclusive to having kids. 😉 I have to wake up by 6am for work and if I don’t get to bed by 10-11pm (the earlier the better) I am exhausted. I cherish my 45 minute commute now because it gives me the opportunity to nap without distractions. Gunnar hasn’t been sleeping well lately so neither have I. On the weekends my stupid internal clock won’t let me sleep past 7-8am ever no matter how tired I am.

    When we were on vacation this weekend we found ourselves dined, back at the hotel room, in our pajamas and falling asleep at 9pm. Also, don’t tell anyone, but I fell asleep at my desk earlier. 🙂

  5. I agree with Beth, being sleepy is definitely not exclusive to having kids! I love taking naps, but do not get to do so much anymore (stupid college). I only get about 7 hours of sleep a night because I have to get up by 5am for work, and I have a hard time going to sleep before 10pm since Mike is usually still up and about. I’ve had to up my coffee intake in the mornings just to keep up with my schedule. That’s probably why I slept for about 12 hours straight this past Saturday – my body was exhausted!

  6. I agree with Beth, being sleepy is definitely not exclusive to having kids! I love taking naps, but do not get to do so much anymore (stupid college). I only get about 7 hours of sleep a night because I have to get up by 5am for work, and I have a hard time going to sleep before 10pm since Mike is usually still up and about. I’ve had to up my coffee intake in the mornings just to keep up with my schedule. That’s probably why I slept for about 12 hours straight this past Saturday – my body was exhausted!

  7. I want to add that while I do not think that being sleepy is exclusive to being a parent, I can definitely understand how kids can contribute to the exhaustion. If I’m tired now without kids, I can’t even imagine what it will be like when I have one of my own!

  8. I want to add that while I do not think that being sleepy is exclusive to being a parent, I can definitely understand how kids can contribute to the exhaustion. If I’m tired now without kids, I can’t even imagine what it will be like when I have one of my own!

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