The Anatomy of a Pregnancy Sleep Cycle
Every night I share a bed with a giant, a toddler, a pregnant belly and a dog. As of late, I share my sleep cycle with snoring, bathroom breaks, leg cramps, hip numbness, and baby number two holding a rave dance party in my belly. Ah, the joys of pregnancy.
I'm curious if this is the universe trying to prepare me for the long, truly sleepless, nights I will be graciously given once baby Alex arrives. Either way, I am tired and there is no end in sight.
This is a typical night in my house as illustrated by me. Sometimes pictures do more justice than words. Enjoy.
By 9:30 we head upstairs to wind down.
30 minutes later, my husband is in a deep sleep ALREADY! How does he clear his mind and fall asleep so fast? His snoring is full-force and I usually poke him several times a night to give me a few minutes of quiet. By this time, my eight pound Chihuahua has nestled in his favorite spot: my crotch.
By 11 pm, I have already been to the bathroom twice. Each time I come back, I lose more of my bed space... and the blanket. My legs start to go numb and each time I turn, my hips pop.
Now, here I am at 1:30 am. The kid has made his way into our bed and I am almost on the nightstand. The dog is in my crotch, my legs hurt, I am cold and my son has his feet in my ribs. The kid in my belly is also still fist pumping.
It's 5:30 am and my last bathroom break before the alarm goes off. My son, a.k.a., the windmill, has managed to creep on top of me.
When the alarm goes off everyone is well-rested, except me. Now it is time to be mom.
Here's to another sleepless night. Hoping yours is much better than mine.