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Let me paint you a picture…….

6am-830 am: Wake up: Pookah’s calling. Leave still sleeping C-Dub in the bed to sleep longer.  Take the Pookah downstairs where we eat, play and chit chat about the upcoming day

830am: Feed Pookah breakfast. Say goodbye to Da Da

900am: Pookah down for a nap, scramble to:eat, clean up the kitchen/den, pay bills, answer e-mails, make phone calls, blog, tweet, pee.

1000am-1030am: The boy awakens.  Get in a shower while he plays in the pack and play.  Dress him, feed him a midday snack.

1100am-1230am: Grocery shop with an active 11 month old who likes to say hi to everyone and pull things off the shelves.

1230pm: Drive home with a now hungry/ tried/cranky 11 month old.

1 pm: Feed Pookah, attempt to put up groceries and entertain my boy at the same time.

2 pm: Pray for a nap.

4 pm: Finally he is down. Time to start getting ready for work: make bottles, lay out pajamas, lay out work clothes, figure out what’s for dinner………..

430pm-5pm: Pookah is up, cook dinner with him angling for any attention he can get(read a book, throw the ball, sing……)

6 -615 pm:  C-Dub arrives home I give report, race off to work, praying traffic isn’t bad.

645pm: Grab pizza( soooo unhealthy) in hospital cafeteria for my dinner because I didnt’ have time to eat before I left home.

7pm-730am: Work my ass off with crazy deranged, women.  (And that’s just the staff!)

8 am: Arrive home, feed Pookah, get him ready for daycare.

830am-845am: Drop Pookah off. Spend 15 minutes making sure he’s OK.

9am-11 am: Pay bills, eat dinner, blog, tweet, clean up kitchen, den, bedrooms, bathrooms.

11am: Collapse.

330 pm: Wake up disoriented.  Look at the time, take a shower, wonder what’s for dinner

430 pm: Pick up Pookah

5pm-7pm: Play with Pookah, feed him dinner. Cook dinner for me and C-Dub

655: C-Dub arrives home from work.  Plays with Pookah for 15 minutes while I get the bath water ready.

7 pm-8pm(sometimes 830): Bathe Pookah, do our bedtime ritual, feed him a bottle. 

8 pm: The boy is asleep. Try to have conversation with C-Dub, fall asleep during most of it. Eat dinner.

9 pm: Give up, go to bed

12 am: Pookah wakes up.  I go get him, attempt to get him to go back to sleep.  He wants to play.  I want to cry.

2 am: The boy is back asleep.  I go back to bed.  C-Dub hasn’t budged. Still sleeping soundly over there…..*side eye*

6am: Pookah is awake……….we start over again.

Now.  What part of that seems easy to you?  Even though I only repeat this scenario about 2 to 3 times a week, there is a 24-48 hour period of time where I get maybe 4-5 solid hours of sleep.

Now, I have to work again tonight.  But I go in late, at 11pm.  I have not been to sleep yet because the carpet man is here cleaning the carpet.  Then I have to put diner on(crock pot).  He should be finished in an hour.  I will sleep maybe 4 hours( with a wake up at noon to take my pill).  Then, I will go get Pookah, still put him to bed tonight, and head on to work.  All for those 4-5 hours of continuous sleep.  And I get attitude because: “I’ll have to wake up 2 nights in a row and then go to work?”

Excuse me, but ******please!!( insert whatever word you like, I assure you it would be appropriate)

Do you realize that I live on broken sleep? That I have not had a full night’s sleep in 11 months now? That sleeplessness has become my new normal?  And you complain????????? All you have to do is work!!!!!!!! And take care of my child 2 or 3 nights a week!  Where he only wakes up once ang goes right back to sleep for you!

I just feel like I can’t win over here. 

i try not to complain, because it is what it is.  

But no matter how many times I try to explain:

He Just.Doesn’t.Get.It

  • Reply
    Mimi Scarlett
    October 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Man, you are half woman half amazing!! They never get it..I stopped trying.

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    brown-eyed-girl
    October 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Wow, sweetie, I don’t know how you do it! Wish I had some advice for you. All I can think of is letting the man fend for himself when it comes to dinner, that will at least give you a small break and let him know that you’re not around to cater to all his needs. You’re a busy woman!

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    Christina
    October 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Excuse my language, but I wouldn’t do SHIT but take care of Pookah. You know I had the same issue with Byron, and I finally had to sit him down, tell him to shut up, and just lay the situation out. If YOU’RE not gonna do a,b,c, guess what? IM not gonna do a,b,or c, either. And throw in d and f while we’re at it. Has c-dub seen you get crazy.as.hell yet? It might be time for a reminder. I can’t with these husbands thinking they don’t have an equal share of responsibility for these babies. I don’t care WHO works the most hours, if you were in the room when the baby was conceived, you shouldn’t be getting a full night’s sleep EITHER. *rant*

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    Diva (in Demand)
    October 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I just want you to know that I couldn’t tell where one day ended and another one started! BLESS YO SOUL!

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    Virginia McNichols
    October 27, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Husbands just do not get it. Hubby tried to complain this morning because the baby crying woke him up. Not that he got out of bed, he was just awake. Guess who was up with the baby…I have decided that there is a huge difference between up and awake.

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    keyalus
    October 27, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Wow! You need to switch that up quickly! I earn most of the income in our family right now but I still perform a large amt of childcare. As soon as I get home from work, I’m “on duty”. I feed the baby, cook our dinner, bathe and put the baby to sleep. The Mister shares the load by waking up at night with the baby so that I can get rest for work. He takes care of the baby during the day too while working from home. You’ve got to do something to make that schedule more equitable! Alternate nights or something! I know how crazy that broken sleep thing can make you.

    Take heart though, Pookah’s getting a lot older and should settle into a real night routine soon. 90% of nights, Lewis is down from 9PM-7:30AM without needing intervention. We had to do a few nights of CIO/progressive waiting to get here but it was sooo worth it!

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    tonicarrigan
    October 27, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, *hug*, I think you need to ask Dad to watch the baby so you can get a good nap in then get up and have a long talk. You need a bit more help but you cant change a man by screaming at him (not saying you are, but it’s how I usually do things).

    You’re in my prayers. It will get better or you will just continue to be supermom. God is with you, though, keep your prayers strong and He’ll see you through.

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    tonicarrigan
    October 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

    ok, wait, I just read what Christina wrote and I totally agree with her…

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    Mommy Boots
    October 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Uh, what Christina said x 1,000.

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    MrsTDJ
    October 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    (((Hugs sis)))) No, they don’t get it and even when you do show a little crazy, they still don’t REALLY get it! I pray that you find a way to manage better and incorporate more sleep. I do think that I would be leaving the hubster to fend for himself for dinner though.

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