OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
Luke didn't sleep all night long until he was 1 year old, so with Charlie I've never had great expectations. Now that Charlie is 10 months old, he only wakes up around midnight and 4:30 a.m. and then goes right back to sleep immediately after I nurse him. I do it so quickly now and it's such a routine, that I actually kind of feel like I slept all night long, even though I woke up to feed him.
Everything was great until Sunday night happened. Oh man. Here's how it went down -
10:30 p.m. - We get home from Camarillo. Put kids right in bed.
12:00 a.m. - I go to bed.
12:30 a.m. - Charlie wakes up. I nurse him back to sleep.
1:00 a.m. - He's inconsolable. Obviously teething.
1:45 a.m. - Charlie is still screaming. I give him Baby Tylenol.
2:30 a.m. - Still screaming. I give him Teething Tablets. No response.
3:00 a.m. - Screaming, won't nurse or a cold washcloth.
4:00 a.m. - Screaming. How much Baby Tylenol is too much?
5:00 a.m. - Finally nurses and goes to sleep. Victory at sunrise!
6:30 a.m. - Charlie wakes up, ready for the day!
There I was on Monday, maybe with 2 hours of sleep, and I thought this must be what it is like to be in the Hands on a Hardbody contest. (Oh, did I mention Luke doesn't take naps anymore?) At first I felt okay, but by 10 a.m. I wanted to collapse, at 2 p.m. I started getting a really bad headache, and by 8 p.m. my speech was slurred and I started hallucinating. No joke. Things were floating around me. I went to the store that evening and drove in the center of the road almost the whole way there. (Good thing our town is really small or I would have definitely had an accident.)
So, my question for you, Gentle Reader, is this:
How do mothers of small children work outside the home full-time?!
What do you do when you don't sleep all night? Do you curl up beneath your desk? Sleep in your car during your lunch break? If I had to go to work, interact with people, and pretend to be normal, after having almost no sleep, I would die. Hats off to you who must do it. You are amazing women.