Friday, February 25, 2011

New Mamas Need Their Sleep! {Guest post}

And I do! So today's guest post is from Bernice. B
ernice Wood is a mother of 4 young adult kids, plus Nana to 7 grandchildren. After a major lifechange summer 2010, she began blogging to journal her personal struggles and transition. To help others avoid the pitfalls of stress and burnout and learn to live a more healthy life, she recently launched her new blog at Living the Balanced Life.

A mom with a new baby treasures a nap.

Any chance she gets to sleep, she’ll take!

sleeping  woman
Such was a Sunday afternoon, 20 years ago. I had a 9 year old, Tiffany, and a 2.5 year old Christa. Andrew was about 10 days old and we had ventured to church that morning, our first outing since he was born.  I came home exhausted and looking forward to a nap!

I told Tiffany to stay in her room and quietly read. I put Christa down for her nap. I nursed Andrew and got him to sleep. Ah, peace and quiet. It wasn’t long til I was snoozing, along with hubby next to me.

Nap interrupted!

A little while later, I was awakened by some ruckus in the kitchen. I thought Tiffany must have been fixing herself a snack. The noise didn’t subside. I finally went into the kitchen, ready to jump her case that she was going to wake Christa or the baby. I happened into the kitchen quietly and was surprised at what I found. I very quickly and quietly rushed back to the bedroom, woke my hubby and drug him in the kitchen with me!

It was not Tiffany in the kitchen, is was the sneaky little 2 year old, Christa. She had evidently been in there a 
little while, exploring in the cabinets!

She had climbed up on the counter between the stove and the fridge. She opened the cabinet in front of her and got out a couple of things. A box of graham cracker crumbs, a box of red Jello, and a 5 pound bag of sugar, along with my cold cup of coffee left on the counter from that morning.

When I finally said “What do you think you are doing"?” very carefully because I didn’t want her to fall, she turned and said “The sugar spilled!” At that moment, I did not know whether to laugh or cry, but at that minute, laughter won out (behind the mad mommy mask).

Chef in training?

She had poured sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and red Jello powder into the coffee cup.

And all over the counter.

And into the stove top, an older electric stove with the coils.

And down between the cabinet and the fridge.

And the funniest part, and I SO wish I had a picture of this, red Jello handprints across the stove hood.
red handprints
Needless to say, the nap was cut short! I cleaned Christa up and put her down for her nap, while hubby started on the kitchen!

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