Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And the Golden Pillow Award for a Full Night’s Rest Goes to . . . Mommy on the Spot

*Cue award acceptance music and applause*

Oh my goodness! There are so many people to thank (caressing my Golden Pillow Award)! First of all I want to thank God (because doesn’t everyone thank God first)? I’d like to thank Madam Curie for creating penicillin along with the makers of Children’s Motrin and Benadryl. If it wasn’t for all of you talented and intelligent doctors and drug companies, my three year old daughter would still be crying in her bed and then tossing and turning all night in mine. And just in case you though I was cheating by giving her Benadryl to make her sleepy, unfortunately it doesn’t have that effect on her.

Thank you, Dr. Weissbluth, for writing Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child. The information in that book was incredibly helpful as well as insightful. Although our success didn’t happen overnight, he’s finally sleeping more consistently. So thank you, Mom and Dad, for instilling a strong sense of perseverance to do what I think is the right thing, even though it may not be easy. Thank you, Thomas for you months of practice. I always knew you could sleep through the night! Your hard work is finally paying off!

*Cueing the wrap it up music*
(Holding the Golden Pillow Award above my head in triumph)

Thank you again, modern medicine! Wait, wait, wait! I completely forgot to thank the buyer from Costco who made the decision to carry Dunkin’ Donut coffee! Thank you for helping me power through those mornings when I wasn’t getting enough sleep, and thank you for giving me that cheerful boost when I’ve had enough sleep! Thank you, Thomas! Mommy now has had enough sleep which has given her energy to do her job in a genuinely good mood. Here’s to many more restful nights!

*And the crowd goes wild!*


LuLu and Moxley's Mom said...

That sleep book has tons of good stuff in it. Helped me figure out what time their naps should be, for how long and what time they should go to bed (EARLY).

Per your question to me: To link -- the tool bar menu has an icon that looks like a link. First copy the link / address of where you want to send people. Then highlight the text they will click on to get to the link. Then click on the link icon and you paste the address there. Let me know if you have trouble.

Kendra said...

I remember when my second son was born, he was a colicky little turd. (He's almost 4 now and generally delightful, if a little strong-willed, so I get to say that.) And sleep was a barely-rememberd fantasy. One morning, he'd slept reasonably well the night before, and I was feeling pretty good. I turned on the radio and was dancing with my oldest, who was about 2 1/2 at the time. And he shouted, "Mommy, you're so fun right now!"

It was a sobering moment, realizing that I hadn't been a lot of fun for a while. But I also realized that a little good sleep makes a big difference. I'm so glad that the hard work (and pharmaceuticals) are paying off!

Anonymous said...

I also owe a thank you to Dr. Weissbluth!
Very Funny!

Erin Janda Rawlings said...

Lulu and Moxley's Mom, thanks for the IT help! And hell yeah, both my kids go down early!!

Kenra, I totally had that moment where I realized that I had not been a fun mommy. Who knew sleep was so important?!

Unknown said...

Sleep is completely restorative! It has amazing healing powers...which always makes me wonder why it can be so elusive for so many people...

Laura said...

Hooray for sleep! I wish someone would wrap me in a blanket at 7 pm, give me a bottle of warm milk and say, "see you in 12 hours!" These babies don't know how good they have it.

Thanks for the laugh. I'm in the trenches with you.