Hello there, dear reader.
Are you tired? Are you juggling 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a partner/spouse/baby daddy, plus maybe a job? (Stay-at-Home-Mom is totally a job.) Oh, and occasionally you’d like to visit with your gal pals, right?
I feel ya. Except I only have 2 kids and 1 dog, plus the hubby.
I’m Ginny. And my motto is: Some people drink. I do chocolate. (And blog and ride herd over male children. All with a touch of Southern flare and a side of sarcasm.)
Thanks for visiting MothersRest, a love letter to moms, both new and seasoned. Together, we’ll journey through the world of sleep deprivation to rediscover joy in its wake.
Here at MothersRest, you’ll find my ramblings on parenting misadventures, reflections on life and the occasional sleep tip. Plus, I’ll introduce you to lots of amazing guest bloggers who will bring totally new perspectives on life with kids of all ages, navigating marriage and relationships, and all things female.
I’m excited to share my journey from sleep deprived to joy-arrived with you.
I nursed each of my boys for 13 months. And they didn’t sleep through the night til they were weaned. Which means I was pregnant or nursing (read: not sleeping) for FOUR years. Whoa, that’s a long time to skip out on beloved, nightly 8-10 hours of sleep. And, really, even now when teething hits or a night terror comes knocking, who ya gonna call? Yep, mom! So, one day I’ll sleep again, right?
What about you?
How are you faring in this journey called motherhood? Sleep deprivation getting the best of you?
Truly, sleep deprivation is an evil mind-catcher, an enticer of demons, a joy-sucking ogre. From the me-search I’ve conducted, I’ve discovered that:
Did you know…?
If you get just 5 hours of sleep at night, you’re basically drunk.
Think about it: society says it’s not okay to operate a car when we’re drunk, but we sleep deprived moms get behind the wheel to drive our new bundles of joy to the pediatrician’s office within days of giving birth.
Here’s some good news:
While sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on our minds and bodies (and relationships), you can take action. You can borrow from the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology to take back the night, boost self-esteem and lessen the effects of sleep deficits. Tip #1: Laughter works wonders.
And some even better news:
I mentioned we’re all busy. That includes me. I think I also mentioned I’m a Boy Mom. Plus, I work full time at a global nonprofit that specializes in leadership development and conducts neuroscience research. And in my “free” time, I teach Marketing for Nonprofits at a local university.
So don’t hold me to writing a blog post every day.
Oh, and sometimes (most times), I won’t even mention sleep. Because life is full of stories, from the penis chronicles to how I feel about Star Wars (love). But, don’t worry, I’ll sprinkle sleep tips along the way for good measure.
In the meantime, join the conversation:
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your own #MothersRest tips.
We lively creatures thrive better in society, so let’s connect and support each other.