A radio talk show host I used to listen to way back when used to say that.
Nothing good happens after two a.m.
He was talking about less than virtuous things but I think the very same principle applies to parenting.
Except I'd amend it a bit.
Nothing good happens after 11 p.m.
Can I get an amen??
Last night, Luke woke up shortly after 11 and was completely out of it. He wanted Papa (AND ONLY PAPA NOT YOU MAMA!!!!!) but Brian was still out with some friends. I had been wakened from that really (finally!) deep sleep. The so very much needed because you're pregnant and sick kind of sleep and I felt just as out of my mind crazy as the three year old. Maybe others don't struggle with this but I know many do. Do you feel like a completely different person in the middle of the night? You do, right?
Parenting is hard.
Parenting in the middle of the night is harder.
Parenting in the middle of the night while sick and pregnant and trying not to lose your mind with an inconsolable child is saint-making.
So I did what clearly made the most sense at the time.
I sobbed and had a mini fit of my own which then made me cough until I gagged.
(Tell me you've done that, too??)
I think I missed the chance for the saint-making on this one.
Anyway, all this shared, I suppose, to let you know you're not alone.
You, mom or dad who feels like you could snap or sob or scream or fall down in exhaustion all at the same time? I know you're out there. We're in this together. Maybe if I can realize that a bit more I'll get a little more strength during those so very very trying moments and maybe if we can lift each other up a bit, we'll help each other out a bit on this journey to heaven. Hey, maybe we can even get something good to happen after 11 p.m.
I'll pray for you and you for me, okay?
His grace is enough.
(For those who are wondering, Brian did come home shortly after - probably minutes but it felt like eternity - and Luke was quickly consoled and fell back to sleep. All was well. I collapsed back into a coma and though I overslept, we've survived the day without too much struggle.)
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