January 10, 2005

Get Any Sleep Last Night?

To steal from Miss Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that when parents go to bed later than planned, one or more of their children will wake up in the middle of the night and cause them to get even less sleep. At least that's how it works around here.

The middle girl is still a snotwad, but feeling much better. She's shared her germs with everyone else in the family, except her big brother. While I had a 12-hour unpleasant fever and chills, Justin and the baby have been laid low for a few days. The baby's fever hasn't risen past to the point where we must call the doctor, but she looks pretty pathetic with drippy eyes and nose.

The night before last, she could only sleep if I propped her head up on my arm. Last night she just couldn't sleep for very long at all and then only if you held her upright. I spent many dark and restless hours wishing that I owned a recliner, which is not a wish that has ever passed through my head before.

I long for the end of snot-covered faces.


Wish not, dear lady, for the end of snot-cover'd punim. For then ye shall be visited by the upset of tummy, and lo, the sight of half-digested food.


Hope everybody feels better soon - much snottage at mi casa as well.

Posted by: skinnydan at January 10, 2005 03:01 PM

Our recliner solution involved the car seat. I brought it in the house sat in on the floor where we could be right there, prone on the couch. The car seat was adjustable to different angles and we could find the one that best worked to drain ears/noses.
Thus we could sleep, if he did and I didn’t worry about dropping off and dropping him. Not sure if she is quite old/big enough but might work in the future.

Posted by: jim at January 10, 2005 11:46 PM

Oh, I have had nights like that! And yes, a recliner, or a couch recliner is perfect for such situations--we never had when we needed. Oh well.

Hope everyone is feeling better soon. Refuah Shelemah to all.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at January 11, 2005 04:14 AM

I'm so sorry. Sleepless, snotty babies and husbands are never much fun to tend to. I hope you and yours recover quickly!

Posted by: angie at January 11, 2005 10:55 PM