One of the things people love to tell you about having a baby is that you will never sleep again. "Sleep now", they say, "you won't be able to later!". And also this one: "Sleep when the baby sleeps!".
I have even read that there are theories that a pregnant woman waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom is "practice" for when we will be woken up all night by a hungry baby. Yay? I still can't figure out how if I stop drinking water an hour before I go to bed, and make sure I go to the bathroom before I go to bed, that I will still wake up at 3am to pee. And then I wake up again a few hours later for work and I have to go AGAIN. I never drink water when I get up at 3am. How am I storing all of this extra liquid? Seriously, three bathroom trips with no drinks of water in between! That is just crazy.
So last night I had my typical 3am wake-up call to use the facilities. I went back to bed, on my side like you are supposed to. I was lying on my left side (I go back and forth). At about 4am I was woken up by a sharp pain and I gasped from the shock of it as I woke up. Nope, not in labor. The baby decided she wanted to be awake and had kicked me in the ribs. HARD. She was kicking my right side (which I am starting to get used to, she has been doing that for a while) but it was an unusual time for her. I don't ever feel the baby in the middle of the night or before I get up in the morning. And I normally don't feel the baby when I get ready for work.
But today I did. I fell back asleep. And another 15 minutes later....BAM! Another shot to the ribs. This time I actually sat up. It's pretty shocking when it happens. Babies are a lot stronger than we think they are! Ouch! It hurts!
So I had my own little alarm clock this morning. The first of the MANY times my child will be waking me up in the middle of the night.
I like sleeping...so why did I think having a baby was a good idea?
Funniest part? My husband slept through the whole thing. Which is pretty much how I expect the rest of our lives to be when it comes to kids waking us up in the middle of the night. :)