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A Relaxing Sunday Nap? Think Again!!!!!!

Funny Sunday Nap meme

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Today, I tried to have a nap. Why did I do that? With 5 kids you would think I had accepted the fact that those days are behind me. But in my everlasting state of exhaustion, I missed my Sunday nap so bad today I couldn’t resist the call of sweet sweet slumber. So I fed all the kids, got them watching a show, and poof! dreamland. It was epic, for the whole 10 minutes that it lasted. I was just breaking the surface of complete and total oblivion when “mom” collided with crying, collided with “NO!” at my door. With a sleeping night shift zombie beside me and a napping baby next door, I bounded out of bed in a giant leap to deal with the crisis at hand. After settling the drama, I forced myself to close the door to my room with a sense of finality accompanying the click and trudged to the kitchen.

Funny Sunday Nap meme

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Sunday Nap For Moms… Debunked

Here I sit, popping potty-treat jelly beans like an addict to try to propel my lethargy to a general plateau of human existence. I don’t even like these things! But it’s sugar or a giant pot of coffee, and I’m sure the caffeine will not be appreciated in about 7 hours. The only thing that keeps resounding in my head is “WHY DID I DO THAT?!?!?!?!” Do I feel any better? NO! I feel worse, so so much worse. Tired beyond repair, frustrated, foggy, and just generally grumpy. The wrong side of the bed… I live over here right now. Who came up with that anyways? “Did you wake up one the wrong side of the bed???” Seriously, what is the RIGHT side? Because I can’t seem to find it. Every side I manage to clamber out of leaves me feeling incomplete, unrested, NOT READY to face the day. Deep breaths.

Funny Sunday Nap meme

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It’s Sunday, the day of rest. Ha! My sour sense of humour mocks me with the reminder that with young children, it’s really quite the opposite. Instead of a nice breakfast, a relaxing service and a restful afternoon nap, our day is GO from the minute we get up. We have to wake up early, get everyone ready to go, pack up the van, show up late to church, and try to keep everyone from becoming wild monkeys at the sight of other children to romp around with. We arrive home with a bus (literally, we drive a bus) full of desperate, hungry, whiny, tired children… you can imagine our afternoon is not very restful. No, Sunday is more like crazy day. I have tried to impose quiet time, put everyone downstairs, talk about how they need to stay down there. But when you put 4 kids in the same room, aged 2-7… who am I kidding?

My optimistic side reminds me that I went to church, listened to a nice sermon, I should be spiritually renewed and ready to face another week… I accomplished something! But the OTHER me, Rebecca the Realist, reminds me that for the foreseeable future, Sunday’s will be a flurry of chaos and gathering and herding and trying desperately not to lose my mind.

Until then, buckle up your bootstraps, stop eating candy for pete’s sake, and get going! Life doesn’t stop for nothing around here, my biggest mistake was hoping for it.

Funny Sunday Nap meme

From a jaded realist… I truly hope that your Sunday has been more restful than mine. And if you have young children and your hubby is busy today: for heavens sake…. DON’T TRY TO HAVE A SUNDAY NAP!!!! 😉

Comments

  1. I remember those days. I had 3 under 5 and it felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel (for getting sleep). It does get better. So much better. Mine are now 11, 13 in 6 days, and 16 – I lived through it (although I did take some extra long naps once they got old enough to allow it to catch up on the z’s LOL)

    • HA! Hope! Good to know! 🙂 We are on our last baby, she is nearly 2, a few more years and I look forward to getting some decent sleep again! They actually sleep pretty good at night, I just need to go to bed at the same time as them 😉

  2. Lol, I can totally relate! Sunday naps are like mandatory at our church. Everyone takes one, except me. I can’t nap. I try and 20 things run through my head, the world falls apart, and I end up more tired than when I begin. But, they sound great. In theory 😉

    • Totally! My husband tries SO HARD to get me to nap with him, but I think I have been successful maybe a handful of times, 90 percent of the time its a total gong show and I wake up so exhausted, plus, you’re right, there’s so much to do! I would rather have another coffee and do something productive.

  3. I’m a big believer in naps. Nap time is sacred at our house, and my kids are pretty good about being quiet so I can get a rest. But we have 2 new toddlers in the house, and I’m finding that if I’m not careful about syncing their sleep schedules, I won’t get that break where they’re both down at the same time.

    • My kids have quiet time, theres just so many of them and they are still young so it is pretty much always interruptions. Fights over what show to watch, they’re hungry, the 3 year old needs help getting dressed, etc. etc. One day… 😉

  4. Ha! I remember when my kids were that little, piling everyone on my bed, turning on a movie and drifting off to sleep to then be woken up ever 5 minutes with constant shifting here and there and no one staying still. Hang in there, it will get better.

    • You could sleep with the TV on there? I am the lightest sleeper in the world, my husbands breathing bugs me if I don’t have some background noise, ha ha! I have never ever fallen asleep with a show on. You do what you can though, try to catch little snippets in between the chaos. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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