Mom Confessions: Sleep Deprivation Made Me …

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If you ask any new or seasoned parent with young children what they miss most about life before children, they will likely respond with a one-word answer: sleep.

My husband and I like to joke about life as zombie parents, but in all seriousness, lack of sleep can cause depression, health issues, memory impairments, and much more. At 17 months old, my son still has nights where he wakes up 2-3 times. I often find myself drifting in and out of conversations, putting the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge, and forgetting important dates because I am so exhausted.

It turns out I'm not alone in my crazy, sleep-deprived antics. Here is what other moms have experienced from lack of sleep.

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“With my girls, I went 12 months with only 2-4 hours per night (on average). That extreme sleep deprivation just made me cry — not a few tears, but hysterical, massive breakdowns.” – Rye, mom of twin girls and a boy

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“I remember I was so tired one time (this is when I only had my oldest) that I got her up like I normally do. I think we were going to the store; probably to get baby food or something silly. I TOTALLY forgot to put a diaper on her. At the store, I was so tired that I didn't even realize she had peed all over me. It wasn't until a woman stopped me to tell me that I had pee all over myself that I realized that I put everything else on except for the diaper.

“By the time the woman stopped me, I had pretty much finished my grocery shopping, and it was a TON of urine. I have no idea how I didn't notice it. Thank God my daughter didn't poop!” – Caitlyn Smith, mom of two girls

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“I was extremely emotional during those sleepless years. I remember being awake more than once in the middle of the night, thinking I was not going to be able to live another day if I didn't get some sleep. Bawling, crying in the night and asking myself what we were thinking, because clearly I was not made to be a mommy. Then the sun would come up, I'd get a shower, and life felt a little more manageable. I'd feel terrible for thinking those thoughts, but those were some very challenging nights. – Candice McDaniel, mom of two boys

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“We have a tall cabinet next to our fridge that holds all sorts of things like keys, sunglasses, wallets, and shoes. If I don't get enough sleep or my coffee hasn't kicked in, inevitably, random items end up with a new home, such as in the fridge. Then, of course, it will be something I'll be looking for for at least an hour the next time I need it.” – Anna Herbet, mom of one baby girl

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“Sleep deprivation makes me shop online!! Since I'm already awake and I have all of these amazing apps on my phone, I just browse to see what's new. Oftentimes, I don't recall pressing the purchase button. Hmm. Well that's what I tell my husband, and I'm sticking to it!” – Jeanelle Walker, mom of two

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“Where do I begin? My entire website is based on not sleeping. I've made my daughter late to her own birthday party because I got the time wrong. I've missed countless things like ‘special days' at daycare. I've gained weight, lost weight, and been so emotional I've yelled at my kids for no reason. I've cried, cursed, and contemplated running away.” – Erica Vol, mom of two and owner/writer of No Sleep Til College

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“I remember being so tired at work that it wasn't until late afternoon that I looked down and saw the pacifier that was between my boobs in my bra. All day. I thought it was just hair stuck there from cutting! Nope. Good ole pacifier. I guess I was too tired to even notice.” – Lindsey Hanna Shackelford, mom of two boys

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“I went to work once wearing two different shoes — one black, one brown — and I didn't notice til I got out of the car at work and realized they were also two different heights!” – Rachel Borman, mom of three

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“I once WENT OFF on a clueless 24-year-old who heard I was home with three kids under 4 and told me, ‘Oh you must have tons of time to blog, then!' I hadn't slept in months at that point, was completely overwhelmed, and [was] barely keeping it together. Poor girl got the brunt of it.” – Jeanne Stevenson, mom of three, Life of Cleveland

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“I regularly forget to buy half of the ingredients for my dinners when I grocery shop. Or, like, I needed sugar and bought flour, twice. Or we needed Kleenex, and it didn't occur to me to double check if we had any. Now we have a surplus but are dangerously low on toilet paper. Lol. I also forget to put deodorant on so often I bought one to keep in my purse. It has been over a year since I slept longer than 3-4 hours at a stretch. This is a daily occurrence.” – Courtney Wallace

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Mom Confessions: Sleep Deprivation Made Me …

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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4 comments

  1. Nikki says:

    Both my husband and I wanted to go black Friday shopping, so my father agreed to watch our 1 month old son. We had just left my husband’s aunt’s house to drop the baby off, mind you its about a 30 minute drive from one house to the other. We get to their house and I realize I forgot the diaper bag at his aunt’s and we had no diapers at my parents and no store besides walmart was open, which I was not crazy enough to try to go in there for diapers, so I went back. I finally get back over there, feed the baby so he wouldn’t be hungry for my dad, and bring the baby to my dad and prepared to leave. My husband ran out to the car to warm it up. He comes back inside and I look at him and say “Oh my gosh, what did you do with the baby?!” He shakes his head and informs me I had just taken him to my dad and said I needed to go home and get more sleep. I felt so silly, two major are you kidding me moments in one day, I definitely blame it on the lack of sleep! But we did get our 65 inch tv and saved $350!

  2. Jessica says:

    In the first month of my son’s life, I was so sleep deprived that I’d imagine things. I’d imagine I already gave him a bottle, or changed his diaper, so I wasn’t sure why he was crying. I also used to wake up in a panic thinking the baby was smothering beside me in all of my blankets and pillows, only to find I actually had managed to put him safe and sound in his crib before I passed out.

    • Kara says:

      I have a 5 month old and still have that lost baby in the covers dream. Not every night, for me it seems to be tied to stress. A few week ago, I woke up trying to find my baby in the covers. I found what I thought was her and couldn’t figure out why she was so heavy but I tried to pick her up anyway. It was in fact my husband I was trying to pick up! Of course, the baby is always safely asleep in her crib. One good piece of advice I have heard, before you go to sleep remind yourself that the baby is sleeping safely in make a point to say that to yourself. That seems to help me when I find the dream has come back.

    • Sam says:

      I had my son a month ago and I have woke up thinking he was in the bed with me so many times. I freak out every time digging through all the blankets and pillows trying to find him. Its not until my boyfriend wakes up and tells me he is in his crib that I snap out of it. Such a horrible feeling 🙁

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