My side of the bed was invaded by another human 5 years ago. That would be when I gave birth to the boy.
It doesn’t seem to matter that he has his own room, complete with his very own bed, somehow it seems he always ends up in mine. On my side no less! The nerve! I had no idea what all I was giving up when I became a parent. I knew a lot of things, or so I thought. I did not realize that giving a part of my side of the bed was part of the deal!
Before the boy came into my life one of the luxuries I enjoyed was sleeping. Like any time I wanted and for as long as I wanted provided I didn’t have to work… so I could pay for my overhead and sleep! I never knew how much I loved sleeping. Adored it actually until it was somewhat taken from me.
What they didn’t teach in parenting class was after you have a child you don’t ever sleep the same.
Whether they are with you or not, you still don’t sleep right. If they aren’t with you then you worry about them and when they are with you chances are good you aren’t sleeping because the offspring has decided to slip into your bed.
Only it is no longer your space because when you became a parent, a tiny tidbit left out of everything you could have possibly read, you lose a part of yourself and the creature that you gave birth to is the one that took that.
Look at that sweet face! How could you not want to give it your all?
I say, give them everything but my sleep space.
And the time I need to sleep. Yes I said need versus want because I am willing to compromise.
Before the boy I would never compromise on my sleep. I was quite bitchy about it at times.
I am guessing this is my karma!
Oh sweet sleep if I could only have you when I need you! But alas, I jumped on the parenting train and I am certain it will be a while before we can join up again. For now I will take what I can get here and there and I will be grateful for it.
I seriously have got to get this kid out of my bed again!
*note that “No sleep til Brooklyn” by the Beastie Boys was playing in my head as “No sleep with children”!
*for those of you who have managed parenthood without sleep interruption and deprivation, I salute you!