Extra! Extra!

I am home ALONE for the first time, ALL NIGHT LONG. Wow. And you’d think I’d be doing more with it.

The children are sleeping at Daddy’s tonight, and though they begged me to come for at least dinner, and I offered to come by to say good night, I bailed on both because I just knew that at least Daphne would want to come back home with me, and she needs to get used to being there with her brothers. Plus! She has a new bed! A nice one! I wouldn’t mind sleeping there myself, with everyone in the same room, just like summer camp. No, wait, that’s just like my house.

Moving right along, not only do I not have any children tonight, but I do not have work tomorrow. I hardly dare to say it because it invites Murphy’s law, but all indications seem to be that I will be able to sleep in tomorrow morning. I haven’t slept in—really slept in, and by that I mean woken up when my body felt it was time to wake up and not because I had to scoot over to make room for another body or calm a crying child—in roughly 14 years.

I haven’t had a continuous night’s sleep since my first pregnancy, but even before that I was waking up when my ex did, because he is an early riser and I am a light sleeper. A truly cursed combination. Also, whenever I HAVE been able to sneak back home and try to nap during the day, the DOG has unapologetically kept me awake, barking at everything that passes our house.

What’s that? Where is she, you say? Why, she’s at Daddy’s!! *does a happy jig* If I could just find a home for the rats and the ants, I’d be a truly lonely happy camper.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to crawl into bed and lie sideways across my Eastern King. I may not wear pajamas. I am going to hog all the covers and I am going to keep my light on late, reading. And I will NOT touch any dirty laundry or stray toys on the way there.

*gulps the rest of her wine and trots off to bed*

0 Responses to Extra! Extra!

  1. Wendy March 9, 2005 at 8:12 pm #

    Now that sounds like a great evening in the making.  The only question remains……..what type of wine are you going to drink in bed while reading?

    Enjoy your solitude and I hope that you really do get to enjoy the evening.

  2. Amy March 9, 2005 at 8:15 pm #

    woooohooo! Sleep well, sweet dreams.

  3. mindy March 9, 2005 at 8:16 pm #

    *checks label*

    Pouilly fuisse.

    My word is “glass!”

  4. pam March 9, 2005 at 9:04 pm #

    Holy merde, that sounds great. Sleep well!

  5. Heather March 9, 2005 at 10:19 pm #

    I think that’s so great, and very important.  Regardless of how much you love your children, and it’s very obvious that you do, everyone needs some time off.

  6. lissa March 10, 2005 at 1:08 am #

    Having ‘me’ time is one of the v. few benefits. A wise single mom once told me, “Enjoy childless time, let yourself have fun and don’t feel guilty” you deserve joy and you are ‘expected’ to break loose and regenerate. Still cheering you on …but quietly because you’re still sleeping.

  7. Gail March 10, 2005 at 4:41 am #

    I hope you enjoyed it.

  8. Ben March 10, 2005 at 5:11 am #

    Wow, that’s great.

  9. Lisa March 10, 2005 at 5:12 am #

    I hope that it was a wonderful night and that today is even better.

    My word: this. This is where things start to move up from that nadir.

  10. skitter March 10, 2005 at 6:05 am #

    hope it was a wonderful night/rest..and that you are not reading this first thing in the morning!
    my word is *more* as in we could al use more nights like that.

  11. Katie March 10, 2005 at 6:40 am #

    Weeee, sleep!  Sweet dreams, Mindy!

  12. type a March 10, 2005 at 6:51 am #

    14 years?  i don’t know how you do it.  ENJOY!!

  13. Kelly March 10, 2005 at 10:56 am #

    I am soooo jealous.  Hope you get to have many more nights like that in weeks to come.

  14. Amy March 10, 2005 at 11:39 am #

    I was just thinking, this very morning, that I have not had a continuous night’s sleep, or an evening to myself, since my son was born – almost six months ago.
    You just don’t realize what a blessing solitude can be until you realize you can’t have it anymore.
    If I ever get a night to myself, I think it will be such a shock to my system that I’ll end up just standing in the middle of my bedroom, paralyzed by indecision about what to do with all that aloneness.
    I hope you had a great great time. :)

  15. jessica March 10, 2005 at 7:08 pm #

    oy … so that’s what i’ve to look forward to with children??? well, you relay it all with such love and wit, i can’t help but think it must not be so bad. there’s a reason there are so many mommies in thw world.

  16. autumleaph March 11, 2005 at 4:58 am #

    I’m so happy to hear the night went well for you. Someone told me you were going home to relax, and I’m glad to hear you did.

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