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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oh Sleep...You Elusive Devil, You.

Now, I'm not complaining. I've had a (knock on wood) boring pregnancy thus far. My hope is that information like this enlightens others to the wonders of pregnancy that no one tells you about! Anyway, when I first got pregnant, I heard about "pregnancy insomnia." I have found out recently, however, that this is not true insomnia at all. Insomnia would insinuate that I would be laying in bed staring at the ceiling, wide awake. What I'm experiencing is quite different. As Jeff calls it, its the vicious cycle of sleep distractions. *Dun dun dun*

Either I have to go to the bathroom, need to stretch/readjust something, have heartburn, need to eat/drink something, or am getting kicked in the *insert vital organ here*. The problem isn't having to get up and address one of these things. The problem is that once one of these things happens (at 2:30, 4:30, and a half an hour before my alarm clock goes off), others are bound to follow! For instance, if I have heartburn and need to get up to get some Tums, I'll inevitably have to go to the bathroom. Then, I'll get back in bed, but now that I'm awake, my stomach starts growling, so, I get a snack. Eating usually wakes up the baby quite a bit, so now I'm getting kicked (which I love to feel, just not necessarily when I'm trying to sleep) and I end up tossing and turning for a half hour. This, my friends, cannot be described as insomnia! Then I'd at least be laying in bed instead of running around the apartment! :-P

And please don't tell me that this is just training for the baby. There is no amount of "training" you can go through that will get you adequately prepared to run on zero sleep! All this does is make me miss caffeine. Ooooh, sweet, sweet caffeine. 

In other news, for the first time in the 26 years I've been around, I've become a wicked snorer. Who knew!? Jeff was so nice about it, saying that it wasn't too loud and didn't bother him. That was until he started losing sleep because of it. Apparently, the second I fall asleep, the chainsaw starts. Oops! So, along with Zantac, Tums, prenatal vitamins, and DHA supplements, Breathe Right nose strips have become part of my daily routine. If you've ever wondered - they work GREAT!

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