After my first child was born, I attained a superpower: functioning on very little sleep. Well, at least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ve wowed myself, my husband, and other people who’ve seen it. I think this ability is what got me through the crazy, insane phases of having three kids all under the age of 3, who would all tag-team me at night and keep me awake.
However, I’m older now — five years older than when my first-born entered the world — and that superpower has vanished.
I can’t get to sleep at night. It feels near impossible for me between the larger size of my belly, the need for a machine crane to help lift me to turn over, wrestling with my full-body pillow, kidney pain, and a 4-year-old who likes to crawl into my bed in the middle of the night. For the first time as a parent, I am not feeling as much like superwoman as I did before, when I could power through a long day with little to no sleep.
I don’t remember (but, hey it was years ago) being this tired while pregnant with my other children, and I can’t help but wonder how I am going to function when my fourth child arrives and surely keeps me up at night. Just a little fear of mine, but I know we’ll make it through just fine. For now, I’m just hoping my superpower returns.
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!