April 18, 2012


Sleep and I, we’re close.  Like BFF close.  Wondering how I spent a warm, sunny PNW afternoon?  Well, I just woke up from a glorious 3 hour nap.  Well, it was about three hours though I did have to get up for a potty break (sorry if that’s TMI but how lame is it that my bladder wakes me up from a NAP?!? I cringe thinking about the next 3 months…) The time might have been better spent outside but my pillow was calling me…

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like to sleep.  Maybe I cried when it was naptime as a kid but I don’t remember it.  I do remember not needing a bedtime as a kid.  In high school, it was common for me to be in bed by 9:30.  I LOVED sleep.  In the spring (not the fall cause I would have practice) I would get home from school around 2:30 and I would nap from 3-5.  Then I would get up, eat dinner with my parents, do any homework I had and hang out.  Then I would be in bed around 9, 9:30.  Crazy right?  IMG_20120418_070619

In college I realized I was a night owl and I still indulged in naps.  I remember more than one spring afternoon where I opened the window and curled up under it with a blanket and slept.  You can ask anyone in my family and they’ll tell you how much I love to sleep! (As a side note, how cute is Joey?  This is how I found him this morning…he loves to sleep too!)

Ever since Munchkin arrived I’ve been trying to take advantage of every opportunity to sleep in and/or nap since I know my days are numbered.  In the beginning sleep was no problem.  Then around 13/14 weeks sleeping on my belly got uncomfortable.   Thankfully we had a body pillow and helped.  It’s been all downhill since.  I was able to sleep mostly on my belly for awhile that that’s been left in the dust.  I am now a dedicated side sleeper dreaming about when I can sleep on my belly again.  The Man is looking forward to it again too cause I think he’s tired of having the body pillow in bed with us.  He calls it “my other husband” cause I can’t sleep without it.  I must admit that I’m enjoying duty night when I have the bed to myself.  A pillow on each side and I don’t have to worry about waking him up when I turn over.

With three months left I know sleep is only going to get harder.  Naps are going to be a must.  I don’t even want to think about getting comfy…oh, the things we do for our kids!

I’m going to miss my BFF sleep.  Hopefully someday we’ll be BFFs again.

Do you have any sleeping tips for this first time mom?


  1. I used to be a belly sleeper before kids.  Now I can't sleep on my stomach.  Puts too much pressure on my back.  And also if you are breastfeeding you can't sleep on your stomach because it kills your boobs.

  2. Oh gosh!  For me, it's only gotten worse.  The last couple of weeks, I've barely slept at all.  And I love sleep too.  I have a hard time even taking naps anymore.

     The hubby had drill last weekend and I slept better when he was gone than I have in a long time.  I'm contemplating kicking him to the floor.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear.  I hope it doesn't get worse for you. :)

  3. Ahh....I love sleep. I'm like you, I never complained about going to sleep and took frequent naps. There is nothing better than an afternoon nap on a spring day :) 
    I'm a stomach sleep too, so during pregnancy I unhappy when I couldn't anymore! I ended up with a body pillow too and at times slept in the recliner because of heartburn. Lots of naps is definitely some of the best advice, now and after the baby is here if you can!

  4. Other than trying to sleep when you can and know that the insane sleepless nights will pass not much can be said but just enjoy and endure it :)
    I used to sleep all curled up barely taking up any of the bed until my first pregnancy - now I always get my share of the bed :)

  5. I will vouch that sleep is her BFF.  She takes after dad, the 2 of them could sleep anywhere, anytime.  I on the other hand barely sleep.  Let's hope Baby Porah takes after her mom and not her Nana!!

  6. Sleep and I, total bffs! I need my sleep.

  7. My best friend from college warned me about not being able to sleep on my belly after. I'm still holding out a little hope that I'll be able to not too long after!

  8. I've thought about asking DH to move to the twin bed in the nursery...just haven't had the heart too yet!

    I hope you are able to get some sleep soon!

  9. My mom's going to be here after and she knows my love of sleep...so I'm hoping that having her here will help me get more sleep.

    And a rainy day is perfect for a nap too! I don't think there is any weather that isn't good for a nap....

  10. I'm so thankful that my DH doesn't care if I nap instead of cleaning/laundry/whatever. He's so good about it! Though I have been told that I do take up more than my share of the bed....I think it has something to do with the body pillow:)

    Thanks for visiting...and the follow:)

  11. Me too! I get really grumpy when I don't!

  12. Oh my goodness, I'm a total nap lover!!  Everyone told me to sleep when baby sleeps. That has never worked for me, I'm sad to say. But take people up on their offers to help.  Even if you can't actually take a nap, don't underestimate the beauty of just laying down in the quiet for a few minutes, while someone else loves on your little one. It's glorious.  :)

  13. I just want to sleep ALL. THE. TIME. It's almost 7pm and I'm seriously considering going to bed...and I've only been up for two hours from my two hour nap! I'm hoping I'll have no problem sleeping once she arrives:)

  14. My pregnancy also cured me of stomach sleeping.  Those first few weeks postpartum, I was scared to because of the boob issues, but then I just never did it.  One or two times I have rolled over onto it and woken up with a stiff neck.  I'm mostly a side sleeper now, but often try to start on my back.


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