Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sleep? Who Needs It?

4:12 a.m.

"Mooooooom? Mooooooooom? Mommy?"

I awaken. Someone is calling for me. In my sleep haze, I have no idea which child.

"What??", I whisper-yell (all you Moms know how to do that. It's an art form.)

"My knee itches."

Are you kidding me? Of all the zillions of times my sleep has been interrupted over the years, I honestly have never heard this one before. Puke, pee, stuffy noses, coughs, bad dreams? Been there, done that. But itchy knee?

"So scratch it!", I hiss. Not kindly. I roll over and sigh upon the realization that I have about 30 minutes before my alarm goes off. Hubby is snoring next to me.

Two seconds later, the pitter-patter of little feet hasten towards me. It's Baby. Standing at the edge of my bed.

Hot breath on my cheek. I feign sleep. (Shut up. You know you've done it too.)

"Momma? My knee REALLY itches."

Grrrrrr...

I lead him back to his bed, grabbing a squirt of lotion from my vanity. It rubs the lotion on its his skin. (Fava beans and a nice chianti anyone?) He settles back under his covers. Itchy Knee Syndrome cured. And yet another reason why I don't think children should be bathed every night. Especially during the dry winter season.

I stumble back to the bedroom. Glare at the clock. Hubby is STILL snoring.

Crap.

So instead of attempting to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling, elbow Hubby, and curse for those last 20 minutes of precious sleep, I got up.

And that's how my Tuesday started.

*****
By the way, NO ONE has figured out my lie thus far! I figure I'll explain the stories once someone (anyone? Bueller?) comments with the correct answer. So keep trying!

7 comments:

Ladybug's Picnic said...

Yeah, I heard the same MOOOOOMMY call at 4am from my oldest, so I went into her room and she said "I need a tissue." SERIOUSLY? All day long her sleeve is good enough but apparently at 4am she needs me to give her a tissue.

Suburb Sierra said...

Bathed every night? Where would that crazy idea come from? I do a sniff test and as long as the undies get changed every morning, mine are good to go for a couple of days!!

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

An itchy knee???

Amazing how the men can sleep right thru all the nighttime fun.

Fratzels said...

The best part is that your hubs slept right through! I pretty sure their bodies produce a hormone that allows them to sleep through antyhing but a frieght train blasting through the bedroom.

Chris said...

I would've gone back to bed just for the purpose of elbowing hubby for half an hour. And I'm gonna guess #9 is the lie.

Sara said...

The whisper-hiss!! LOVE IT!

Patois said...

"It" is spot on.

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