For about a month now I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night and have the hardest time going back to sleep. I some times wake up because I am hot, sometimes because I need to pee, and other times because Cooper is crying. But the problem is, once I am awake I find it very hard to fall back to sleep. Take last night for instance. I woke up because I was hot. I threw off the covers and cooled off and then repositioned myself for sleep, but I was wide awake at that point. It took me almost 1.5 hours to fall back to sleep. I really hate that it takes me forever to fall back to sleep. I wake up in the morning tired because I have awoke in the middle of the night.
Chris on the other hand can fall asleep in a blink of an eye. When we go to sleep at night, his breathing changes almost immediately and he’s fast asleep. I on the other hand need at least 30 minutes to fall asleep at night, sometimes more. Then if Chris awakes in the middle of the night to pee or because Cooper woke him, he can fall back to sleep in almost a minute. The thing that really gets me is that Chris can sleep through Cooper crying and even wailing sometimes. Chris will wake in the morning and say, “Wow, Cooper did not cry at all last night.” I laugh and say, “yes he did, you just slept through it.”
I wish I could perfect the art of falling asleep fast! Or maybe I am just destine to always be a light sleeper who takes forever to fall to sleep.
Yesterday, Cooper and I went on two stroller walks. The weather was in the mid 60s and was ideal for a stroller walk. As I was walking down the sidewalk path in my short sleeve top, it dawned on me that I love to be outside. The sun was hitting my back. I could hear a dog barking and a bird chirping. Cooper was content in his stroller looking at the world around him, while of course sucking on his two fingers. The fresh air can be so freeing sometimes. Winter in Maryland is depressing if you ask me. It is too cold to do too many activities outside. And if you are outside, you have so many layers on you can hardly move. We don’t get a ton of snow here, so I feel like all the cold temperatures are a waste. I much prefer my sunny warm days! There is something freeing when you don’t have to have a ton of layers on and to walk to your car without freezing your butt off. Now that I have Cooper, it is also nice to get outside and just take a break from being house bound all day long. Helps brake up the monotony. Plus, Cooper loves the outdoors, give him something to look at and ponder I suppose. I am sure the sights and sounds of our tiny condo can get boring for poor little Cooper too!
I am a person of good intention, but I easily forget to do things. If I do not write things down, I will not remember to do them. When I was in college, the only way that I was able to get things done was to use a student planner so I could organize all the various due dates, test, and assignments. Now that I am staying at home with Cooper, I have things to do around the house and take care of for Chris. And ever since Cooper, I have become even more forgetful. It drives Chris nuts when I forget to do something so he has started to leave me lists. Here is an example of a list he left me today:
* Scan Delta Dental Papers, endorse to Dr. Sandler DDS, mail to Dr. sandler’s office
* Write check to mail to GBMC, record in budget
* Go to Lifetime Fitness to workout and cancle membership
* Figure out AAA stuff
* Index cards with bible versus
I get a big thrill when I have accomplished something and I can cross it off the list. So Chris’s detailed lists are good for both of us…I get things done and Chris is happy.