Monday, May 3, 2010

I Not Tired

Let’s just say my kids are not “good sleepers”.  Of course, what exactly is a “good sleeper”?  What the books say?  Since I like to march to the beat of my own drummer, I always question what the books say anyway!  When Kellen was a baby and I took him to the pediatrician a few weeks after he was born I was lamenting the fact that Kellen didn’t sleep much.  Our first pediatrician (we’ve had eight up to now!) was close to retirement at this time and was full of common sense, not book sense (thank goodness!).    He said ”Well do you require a lot of sleep?”  I said no, he said , “well, he just takes after you!”  A-ha.  So, he was right.  Kellen has never required much sleep.  Even if he stays up late, he still gets up by 7:00 am if not earlier.  Garrett and Gannon sleep a little more, but still not what “experts” say they should.  Well, Callie is right there with them.  I have given up getting a full nights sleep.  She is a total night-owl, every few nights she wakes up several times a night.  It is either no waking up, or waking up four times!  Her naps are hit or miss, which is not totally her fault.  She is the youngest of four, so a lot of her naps are in the car!

Well, I say all of this to say that last Saturday we had had a long day.  I knew we had a long week, so we were all going to bed early.  Early for us is 8:30, so I guess Callie sensed that it was early.  She just kept looking at me like “what gives?”  Then she said “Why am I going to bed?”  I said “Because you are tired.”  She responded with “I not tired, I busy!”.  Yes, Callie, I know you are not tired, you are busy, but Mama is tired, so just work with me here!


Here she is after conking out one night.  Yes, once she finally goes to sleep I can turn the light on and take pictures and she doesn’t even know it, it’s just getting her to that point.  One reason she is busy is because she has a lot things to take care of before she can sleep.  She has to sleep with oodles of stuff.  Drives me nuts!  Dolls, books, purses, anything that catches her eye!  All of her babies are called “Baby” except that big one with the blue shirt in the above picture and her name is “Dolly”.  Every night it is a different group of babies to sleep with and she has to have them just so.  Added to the problem is that she is the only one that knows who is sleeping with her and  how they are supposed to be.  Sometimes they are all on her pillow with her, sometimes the are all the way at the foot of the bed under the covers.  Heaven forbid I should help with all this set up because I never get it right!  Also notice what else she is sleeping with?  Yes, an OU basketball, Grandma is totally getting in her head with all the basketball stuff!

I guess, lucky for me, I don’t require a lot of sleep! 


Kerry said...

I say (and I'm no expert) that they don't require as much sleep because they love life so much and enjoy their family that they don't want to miss a beat! :)

Amy said...

That's sweet! I am sure that is what it is!