Night of the Living Dead

So I am pretty sure that I become a zombie every night when I fall asleep. Seriously, I become totally delirious and unable to cope if awakened. I am just SO tired that my body must completely shut down.

I try to think back when this all started because I have not always been this way. I was never a super crazy night owl but I used to be quite the morning person (I was the baker at Einsteins Bagels in Logan -- 4 a.m. starting time means serious morning person commitment). I think I can narrow my fall from the graces of the morning gods to my mission. Seriously, I was just WAY too tired. You hear about those people who after their missions cannot sleep in past 6:30 or 7 a.m. Well, I think that's a big fat lie.

So, the point is, I'm a total zombie at night. My mother-in-law said it would change as soon as I had kids. Well, it didn't. I'm still a wreck. Sometimes when my kids cry in the night and on the rare occasion that it breaks through my drug-like state, it turns my dreams into nightmares because I tense up and know that the sound is something bad and needs to be attended to but I'm not quite sure what it is. So much for waking up and rushing to their aid -- I can't even process the sounds of their cries! I'm pathetic.

For instance, early the other morning, I was just sleeping away (probably with my mouth wide open -- poor Scott) and turned to roll over and I head-butted Ruby as Scott was handing her to me to feed her. It was almost 6 a.m., she had been crying in her bed, I failed to hear it (even though the monitor was on MY side of the bed), AND I didn't even wake up when Scott left to go get her.

Oh well, maybe it's a blessing in disguise. At least I don't have to walk up our 27,000 stairs to get Ruby out of her bed in the morning. Sorry Scott.


Adrienne said...

I don't remember you ever being a really heavy sleeper, and we shared a room for more years than I can count!

and you know me...my kids exhale and I'm out of bed immediately, racing with adrenaline and anxiety wondering why they're awake and how i am going to get them back to sleep. Ez is 14 months old and this STILL happens!!

All I remember about you sleeping is that you sure can "click."
and for the record, miss former morning person, i remember someone having a huge headache by 9 a.m. at Einstein's if she hadn't had her 32 ounces of Diet Coke!! I remember you actually weaning yourself off that morning fix, so you did have a little help in the morning department, did you not? :)

BLAIR said...

Cels, I with Aids think you need more anxiety in your life. I wake up at 6 AM Saturday morning because my stomach is churning to see what they are saying about the Jazz in the Deseret News. Therefore, become a pathetically-extreme Jazz fan......it works for me!

Celia and Scott said...

Sure, I might have needed a caffeine fix but I'll have you know, I had my Diet Coke at 7 a.m. not 9:00, okay? What's a girl to do when she wakes up at 3:30 a.m.? (And I thought I was so righteous because all the other Einstein's employees were drinking their triple espressos but whoa, not me. I stuck to my "cold" caffeine, like a good little girl should.)

Blair, as for your problem, sometimes I do have that. Once I'm awake to feed Ruby at 5 a.m., sometimes I can't go back to sleep because I perseverate about the most random things: how can I best word my next blog post?, why Henry has to "keep one eye on" while we pray, and so on. So, the Jazz fixation may be a little crazy but we all have our eccentricities.

Two Ladies and No Baby said...

We both suffer from the same problem. The only difference is, I embrace it. Sleeping in til 11? fine! I'm not about to go against my body's wants and needs! Is that such a crime? I think not. And furthermore, I don't have kids. Awwwwesome!

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Two Ladies and No Baby said...

Hmm...wish I knew who crescent was and why she's speaking another language (I'm going to say she confidently because I believe no men really comment on these). Wow, Kate's post was awesome I can't wait until she has kids. Her body is going to be throwing a complete fit. There goes her wants and needs right out the winda.

Heidi said...

Wow, how do I get that problem? And how do I get a husband who will go and get the baby and bring it back to bed without a sharp kick to his . . . well, you know what I mean . . .? Really, I'd say it's definitely a blessing--you get your sleep and your kids should learn to sleep through the night faster because they know they might as well . . .

ali degraff said...

It is definitely a blessing!

I have Adrienne's disease. One little flinch, hiccup, or gurgle and I am wide-eyed wondering if my night of sleep will be ruined by an awake baby. When in reality, it is already ruined by my anxiety attacks.

Seriously, let Scott do the work and you enjoy your sleep.