Do you know when most of my post are written? Answer between 2-4 AM. The truth is 4/4 of my children have been terrible sleepers.
Pumpkin was a case of “mommy didn’t know what she was doing”. I created bad habits and then worse habits (yes, she would eat waffles in the middle of the night..I’ll get into that another day.)
Kbear was my little night tantrum blessing
. Mr. Smiles just liked his mommy time and looking back he was probably my best sleeper.
Now, 14 months and going strong there’s Scooter (aka Stinker) he was born with a recently diagnosed enlarged adenoid. It affects his breathing, congestion, and sleep in the worst way. Yes, I spend many nights sleeping/sitting vertically holding him so he can breath. Now, that we have a diagnosis he will be having an adenoidectomy to correct this and Lord willing sleep will be in my future.
I share this not for you to have pity for me (please don’t) as God has sustained me these past 8 years. No, I’m not super human and don’t require sleep but what has been needed in the way of rest He sees I get. It might look like only a 10 minute nap but the show must go on. More importantly over the years I have used these “extra” hours to pray, reflect, write, and give thanks. God speaks when it is quiet and still; something, my house is not usually with four kids 8 and under. He has used the night to keep me anchored.
Here are some of my nocturnal notes of thanks;
1.Extra cuddles in the night
2.Moon lit rooms
5.Pillows to rest a weary head
6.Medical professionals who aid in the art of health/well being
7.A mothers milk- providing nourishment to my babies for 13+ months (x4)
8.Sound machines to block the noise of other siblings in the night
9.A starter house turned family home
10.coffee (because God knows what is good for my family)
Where do you carve out rest in your day?