Fast forward to motherhood in my thirties. I'm not sure if it is the age difference or the cumulative lack of sleep of four years of interruptions, most likely both, but sleep has become the award at the end of the day.
Don't get me wrong, I still find all sorts of ways to miss out on it. I choose to watch a movie with my husband after the girls go to sleep or I play online longer than intended. If I'm anywhere near the end of a book, sleep is going to wait.
The difference is I don't bounce back as fast. I drag the next day. Sometimes for multiple days even after a good nights sleep. One of these years I'm going to get a whole week, seven whole nights of uninterrupted sleep. It will be amazing!
Sometimes I plan vacations. Sometimes I dream about what life will look like when my husband and I are retired empty-nesters. Sometimes I fantasize about sleeping through the night and waking refreshed. Oh the changes that age and motherhood can make.
I'm grateful to feel a little silly today. I'm grateful my daughter has not caught on the the fact that I yawn every time someone else does. I'm grateful that I can turn a yawning fit into a silly game for us to play. I'm grateful my girls seem to be sleepy today too and we can just relax together. I'm grateful for a little chocolate boost to get me through a couple more hours. I'm grateful to allow myself time to meditate and release any judgement that I slept through most of it. I'm also grateful for work alarms.
What is something that has become more important over time in your life? How much sleep do you get each night? What is your go to pick-me-up?
May we find humor in the choices we make. May we get the sleep we need and still have plenty of time for fun. Have a beautiful day!