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15 Signs You’re a Sleep-Deprived Mom

Tired woman with tea in kitchen

I never truly appreciated the luxury of sleep until I had a baby. My first child had horrible colic and wouldn’t sleep more than an hour (at most) at a time. The sleep deprivation was so bad that I’d just sit and cry to my husband because I was so tired and felt like I’d never sleep again.

The scary thing is that the statement was not far from the truth. Of course I sleep, but now with three little ones, glimpses of it are few and far between. My youngest son, who is 11 months, doesn’t sleep through the night. And when he does on those rare occasions, my two-year-old will come in our bed in the middle of the night because she wants to “cuddle.”  Sometimes I swear that they conspire against me to see how long I can go without getting a good night’s sleep.

Needless to say, I wake up every morning extremely tired and in a little bit of a daze. The other morning, shortly after waking up, I walked into the kitchen to make myself some coffee. After pouring in the milk, I scooped what I thought was sugar into the cup. I went to put the spoon away and realized that it wasn’t sugar I used to sweeten by cup, it was my son’s baby oatmeal. Yep, that’s what lack of sleep will do to you.

I know I’m not the only one doing crazy things because of lack of sleep. I asked other moms about things they have done to prove they are sleep deprived, and I think it’s safe to say we can all relate to some of them!

“You wake up on a Saturday and start making lunch for your child to take to school.” — Brianne M. 

I’ve known several moms who have done this! At least you have lunch prepared for the day hours in advance, right?

“You put your coffee mug under [the] Kuerig … upside down.”  — Corine I.

Sometimes I think I’m not capable of functioning in the morning until I’ve had my first cup.

“You walk out the door to take your kids to school wearing your bathrobe and not your jacket … and it’s below freezing.” — Courtney B. 

At least it’s warm!

“You put your nursing cami on inside out and as a result, your boob falls out at the grocery store. “  — Lacy S. 

I’ve totally done this before (minus the boobs falling out part.)

“You answer the door with your nursing tank top unsnapped and the UPS man catches a sneak peek.” — Merritt N. 

Yep, I’ve done this too. I’ve even answered the door while pumping and completely oblivious to it. Oops!

“You walk out of the pumping room at work and forget to zip your dress back up.” — Gabrielle K. 

I’ve forgotten to button up my shirt several times after doing this and always wondered why people were looking at me strangely.

“You spit out your toothpaste on the counter instead of in the sink.” — Heather B. 

At least you remembered to brush your teeth!

“Showering clothed … one too many times” — Allie K.

I’ve walked in with my socks and glasses on … on more than one occasion.

“When the UPS guy, mailman, and Fedex employees have all knocked on your door and handed you your house keys before they give you your packages!” — Brandi G.

I do this all the time. My husband does it too. We need sleep.

“When you forget to put the cup under the dispenser for the Keurig and then get mad because you think someone stole your coffee when it’s only you and the kids home. Yeah, I did find out that the base under the cup holds an entire medium cup of coffee though.” — Mary Elizabeth D.

Good to know it has great capacity for holding liquid!

“I always read while nursing. Well, [one time] I read the same novel twice, once in paper back and once on my e-reader and didn’t realize until I reached the end.” — Kristin C. 

This one literally made me laugh out loud. I’ve never done that, but I’ve fallen asleep trying to read a book while nursing on more than one occasion.

“When you put the milk in the pantry and the cereal in the fridge.” — Jenny S. 

All. the. time.

“You put your baby monitor in your purse instead of your iPhone.” — Alice G. 

To be fair, those things are very technologically advanced these days — and all too easy to mix up!

“You put the clothes in the dryer and forget to turn it on.” — Shandi D. 

Yes, I’ve done this. And as a person who loathes doing laundry, this is devastating knowing you have to wash them again!

“When I put hand soap instead of toothpaste [on my toothbrush] and then brushed my teeth with it. Yuck!” – Anita U. 

Yuck is right!

Image courtesy of Lauren Jimeson

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