The “How to Deal with a Pregnant Lady” Handbook. Chapter Two: Please, I just need a nap
Oh, the fatigue!
With the start of a pregnancy comes a huge influx of fun hormones. One of these is progesterone, which is kind of like a super human hormone. It does so much… ranging from slowing down digestion (which often leads to bathroom… ahem… delays…) to extreme sleepiness.
One of the ways I’ve known early on that a pregnancy might be possible was that my brain felt like it was sand. Or maybe, like the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz… “if I only had a brain…”! Seriously, the fatigue hits, and I can barely seem to move. When I was pregnant with our first; bless the poor little 8th grade students I was attempting to teach American History to! Most days, I came home, and went to bed. At 5:00 in the evening. And slept through the night. I was EXHAUSTED. I have no idea how people manage to hold down full time jobs while pregnant and then come home to children who need care in the evenings. For our second, we found out we were pregnant when our first was 6 months old. So, throughout the first trimester of extreme fatigue, she wasn’t crawling, and then when she started to, I could gate her off. It was so nice! I could just lay on the couch and watch her play, or play with her while laying on the floor… ahh, bliss.
Now it’s number three. Now I have a 3 year old, and an almost 2 year old. Now, there is no rest, there is no “laying down time” in our day… other than naptime, blessed naptime. Unfortunately, the 3 year old (although she is better about having quiet play/reading time in her room) doesn’t take many naps anymore.
This time around has exhausted me more than I dreamed imaginable. Seriously, there have been several time when by mid-morning, I’m whipped. I will lay on the couch and let the kids watch a video just so I can rest. I’ve even fallen asleep… twice… during these times! The most recent, my son let me know it was “awake time” by throwing a puzzle piece at my face. That was awesome. My dear husband has picked up much of my slack and in the evenings, he does the clean up, and baths, and all of that fun stuff. I help in spurts, as the energy hits, but the spurts are few and far between at this point. I keep telling myself that although I definitely don’t want to wish away the time with this experience, but I also am so excited for the second trimester when the energy (and brain cells) return to a normal function level. 🙂
So, that’s it. There are times when I wish I could cry, “please, I just need a nap”, but I know that every pregnancy is different, and this one just involves me needing to “suck it up” a little because of the ages of my children. I need to treasure even this time, ’cause talk about sleep deprivation… that’s coming full force in just a few short months. 🙂 Ahh, but then, it will be because I need to feed my sweet new baby, and somehow, that makes it all easier.
Stay tuned for Chapter Three: “Do you smell that???”