Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Prayer of the Exhausted Mommy

I am currently smack dab in the middle of training
Koen to sleep in his big boy bed.
I find myself sitting on the hard floor in his room,
next to his little car bed,
trying to force his big round eyes closed
with my brain waves.

The darkness surrounds me,
the minutes seem to turn to hours,
the walls start to close in,
my butt falls asleep,
and I start the feel trapped.

I try to quietly stand up to sneak out
when his little head pops up.
"Sit, mama!"
he demands in a sleepy voice.
I plop back down on the floor in an exhausted stupor
and then I find myself bargaining with God.

Dear Lord, (I pray)
If you make Koen go to sleep within the next five minutes, then I will give my spare change to the homeless man that stands on the corner in front of Walmart instead of giving him the stink eye. Also, if you make him sleep through the night then I will personally volunteer my time at the charity of your choice. If he is going to wake up, then I pray that you would miraculously make one hour of sleep feel like three hours of sleep. That way, I could fool myself into believing that I had six hours of sleep when really I just had two. Hello? Is this thing on?
I'm starting to think that God
doesn't hear the prayers of tired mommies.
If I had even one night to sleep uninterrupted,
I'm sure that my faith could easily be restored.

For the love of all things holy,
just give me a decent night's sleep.


R Montalban said...

I hear you, but alas, I am not god :-)

singedwingangel said...

Oh I hear you loud and clear momma.. been there 3 times over. How hard it is on the momma when little ones grow up faster then their brains are ready to let go of being small..

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

Wow...this prayer must be intuitive to all moms as I've prayed it many times. I was praying it last night, actually, and it wasn't answered till after midnight, so that doesn't count, now, does it? This post cracked me easy to relate to you. I always felt like a ninja creeping out of my son's room, trying to avoid all the creaky floorboards. It was like playing twister, but the price I paid for a wrong move was another hour of rocking...oh, god, it's all coming back to me now. Wishing you some rest!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

It's been 24 years, but I remember this so well. Is Koen old enough to do a rewards chart? I let my son pick something out of the Toys R Us catalogue and we made a chart -- when he got 7 stars on it (7 nights without waking me up in the middle of the night, in his case), he got the prize. We did it twice, and by the second prize, problem solved. Good luck!

Daffy said...

Ditto and amen

Jenn said...

Amen! The only nights I sleep well are the ones that the kids stay with grandma and grandpa.

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Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

I have prayed a similar prayer! Like, "Please Lord Jesus, please let my children go to sleep and not fight before bedtime. Please help them sleep through the night."
and it has been times like this that I have felt kind of like He wasn't hearing my prayers either! But as you know, He is always there--most especially when it's tough.

sending love to you from one sleep deprived Mom to another! xo

Sue said...

Yawn. It makes me tired just thinking about it!


From Tracie said...

I'll send some prayers your way tonight! Us moms have got to stick together.