Momsomnia

This post is 3 days in the making and this is the third time I sat down to write it. The first two times were some how deleted and lost all of my witty insight about momsomnia.

  • Day 1: I got this. Sleep deprivation can’t hold me back!
  • Day 2: Kinda tired, but can job about it. Extra coffee and ready to go…

I am now on day 3 of momsomnia and not feeling so cheeky.

What exactly is momsomnia, you ask? It’s a made up name for a very real condition that has developed during month 7 of parenthood. It’s a very specific case of insomnia. Symptoms include obsession about sleep, over dramatizing everything, sleep deprivation, giggles, sobbing, the grumpies, and zombie-like activities. Let me share with you this downward spiral (this outline is only insight from my own personal experinece, I don’t care that your baby started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old, liar):

  1. Baby is born. Life = bliss for a week while the baby sleeps. Then, parenting begins. The baby wakes – at all hours. Cries… alot. You don’t sleep for the next three months. When you do sleep, it’s sitting up, in the shower, at work on your lunch break…
  2. By months three and four baby begins sleeping better. Still waking but a system is down, you can generally expect when he will wake and work out a turn taking routine with your spouse. Sleep happens. Many tired mornings, lots of coffee, but generally longer stretches. The function of 5 (hours of sleep) rule is in play.
  3. Months five and six are spa like bliss! Baby wakes once a night, minus a few nights of regression. You and your partner work out a system to take turns sleeping through the night while baby wakes once and is back down.
  4. Month seven. Teething. Regression. Crawling. Baby has a rough week and mom regresses to step 1. Then, as quickly as baby regressed he reverts back to step 3. Great for baby – awful for mom. My body is now on full blast stage newborn. I can get the baby back to sleep quickly when we wakes, but now I am also wide awake. Sleep does not happen. Thus commences all symptoms mentioned above: obsession about sleep, over dramatizing everything, sleep deprivation, giggles, sobbing, the grumpies, and zombie-like activities

This blog post is dedicated to the worst of all momsomnia symptoms: obsession about sleep. And, maybe some over-dramatization. This post has no solutions or witty insight that my first two posts originally did. This is just a glimpse into momsomnia, my very real condition with a silly name.

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