Another random Works For Me Wednesday post from me…
After Kenni was born, three and a half years ago, insomnia hit me.
Now, she slept through the night at three months of age (please, no one use expletives in your comments over this one for I was given a definite payback as my second didn’t sleep through consistently until 9 1/2 months…and even now, it is still up for grabs on any given night)…
At any rate, it wasn’t my child that was keeping me up.
I just COULD NOT get to sleep.
My poor husband took the brunt of it with my tossing and turning, flopping and flipping, and great sighs of frustration while he snored peacefully away. (I am the reason for any insomnia he may have.)
I could lie in bed for hours at a time before finally dozing off.
My husband told me that I needed to stop drinking caffeine.
I poo-pooed his idea.
Puh-lease. I have been drinking caffeine for ages, and it never had any effect on me whatsoever. Found that out during finals week in college…
I was convinced it was major chemical and hormonal changes that having a baby had wracked on my body. I mean, I thought of it kind of like the wreckage left behind from an earthquake. Major structural damage was glaringly visible, but it was the unseen destruction that was the worst.
And who’s to say that maybe that isn’t part of it? Coupled with the fact that being a mommy adds, in great quantity, to your already mind-numbing list of Things I Might Forget Or That Might Possibly Happen That I Should Worry About Be Prepared For. And this list seems to take on the voice of Gilbert Gottfried and begins to yell at you after the hour of 10:00 p.m.
But, I discovered also that being 30-something is NOT the same as being 20-something. In so many ways, but that’s a post for another day…
I gave Stephen’s no-caffeine-after-4:00p.m. a shot.
You know what?
And in the process, I discovered that a cup of hot tea….especially the kind with chamomile infused somewhere within, works wonders for me.
Speaking of chamomile, as a total side note, does anyone else find the label for lavender and chamomile baby wash just a little bit…what’s the word…ridiculous?
“Soothes fussy babies.”
Uh huh. I have NEVER found that stuff to help either one of my children sleep better or to ease away their fussiness. (Granted, one did have a near debilitating case of acid reflux, but still…) I will say that it does smell wonderfully delicious. I’ll give it that…but that’s all.
Back to my insomnia, so no caffeine (including my dear love, chocolate) after 4:00 and a cup of hot tea.
Does it always work? Well, no. But I can say that about 9 times out of 10, it does the trick.
And for the 1 time it doesn’t, well…there’s always Tylenol PM.