Last week we were in Cyprus for a week. My brother in law married a Cypriot so we trekked across the Atlantic Sea to join in the celebration. We had a fabulous time! This week, however, has been filled with challenges of adjusting back to our timezone. No one has slept enough. Throw in a bit of teething for Luca, just to keep things fun.
I don’t want to complain, but my lack of sleep this week, leaves me delirious. I’m a poorly functioning being right now. It’s 8:18pm on a Friday night and I’m about to crawl into bed (after writing this). What I’ve realized all week is how good it feels to be well rested. I so often marvel at life for Micha and Luca. They wake up when they’re ready to in the morning. I lay them down for a nap and there’s no alarm that wakes them up. Kids have the luxury of sleeping without the time constraints or responsibilities that we do. If only we appreciated it when we were young.
I have always needed a lot of sleep. Now as a parent, sleep helps me be more patient, loving, understanding and compassionate. Fortunately, I’ve pushed myself to try to be these things while desperately needing more rest. Jeff and I marveled at how resilient and adaptable Micha and Luca were, so it’s the least we can do. Now, my profound hope is that we all regulate our sleep schedules and “catch up” on some much needed rest. Sleep is a good thing. Sleep is necessary. Sleep is something we should all strive to get enough of–after a week of lacking the sufficient amount, I’m a major proponent!!
This week, make time to rest. Don’t push through a nap to email or stay up til midnight doing random things that can wait until tomorrow. If you’re in need of some Zzzzs, listen to your body and just give in. I’ve gone to bed every night this week between 8-9 pm. It feels so good to lay your head down and quickly drift off to sleep.
Sweet dreams and peaceful resting this week. We work hard as parents, let’s rest hard too!
Angela M. Barbieri
I am a happy mother of two. I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a mother, I’ve started sharing my experiences to connect with others and share what I learn. My hope is to support parents through being honest and open about the challenges and magical moments of parenting. I am a changed woman, for the better, thanks to being a mother. What a blessing!