I’d Take a Nap Over Nutella Any Day

Just one minute longer, I tell myself. Please God let me sleep a few minutes more . . . I’ll get there some day.

When I was in college, I slept like a baby. And by that I mean, the world revolved around me. Around my time table. There was no such thing as waking up in the middle of the night. Unless, of course, I satisfied my craving for Jack in the Box at 2:00am.

Infant cries and on-demand feedings were not on the periphery.

Looking back, I wish I took advantage of this free gift. If only I weren’t so reckless. I had no idea that parents across the globe desperately yearned for sleep.

Dear Sleep,

I know I didn’t give you the respect you deserved when I was younger. But I love you now.

These days trying to get three consecutive hours with a newborn is an impossible feat. Here’s a list of things NO SLEEP has made me do:

  1. Found the carton of milk in the freezer.
  2. Went through self checkout without my wallet.
  3. Made coffee using a filter but forgot to add the grinds.
  4. Melted two Dr. Brown’s bottles on the stove. Expensive mistake.
  5. Put body wash in my hair instead of shampoo.
  6. Ran the washing machine without detergent.
  7. Slept with my contacts. This hurt.
  8. Left my keys in the car door till it was time to pick up my daughter from school.
  9. Got in the shower with my bra on.
  10. Misplaced a bag of live crickets my husband was to supposed to feed our gecko Har Har.

It’s bad. I probably shouldn’t leave the house anymore.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done while sleep deprived? Would you prefer a nap over nutella?

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48 thoughts on “I’d Take a Nap Over Nutella Any Day

      1. i been there. i remember it too well. i remember nights walked half dead from one to the other to the other, almost laughing at the absurdity if i had the energy. it’s crazy but it’s beautiful in is dreamy way. it’ll go before you know it.

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  1. I always seem to put the milk in the cupboard and the coffee in the fridge. And I can think of countless times that I’ve stood in the shower for 20 minutes, forgetting why I’m there. But one day it will get better, yes? And at least we have beautiful babies!

    I would take naps over Nutella any day. But wine wins over either of those things.

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    1. Hi beautiful! Such a bright spot to ‘see’ your face. I’ve been meaning to email you. I need your input on a few things. As for wine, how could I forget? Too tired to think of the wine factor . . .

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      1. I’m here whenever you’re awake enough to email. You have no idea how much I wish we lived close to each other. I would bring over a GIANT POT of coffee and we could pick each other’s brains and hold each other’s babies.

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      2. Anita, you make my heart weep. The idea of holding each others babies is precious, especially since I don’t have sisters or aunts close by. We’ll make it happen one day . . .

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    1. Colleen, if I were you I’d pick Nutella, too. You’ve paid your dues as far as sleepless nights go. Now, it’s all about the good stuff . . . Like chocolate and diet coke.

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      1. πŸ˜€ Somebody knows me! πŸ™‚ But your perk is you still have the bundle of preciousness to cuddle with through those sleepless nights. Wait, how convenient! You have a baby that keeps you company through those nights! (Nice spin on that don’t you think?) πŸ˜‰

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      2. Yes! Colleen, you’re always very clever. My husband has a knack for being witty, too. He’s Irish, maybe there’s something in the blood . .

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  2. It’s National Nutella Day! My sleep deprived self has left the house for a weekend getaway with mismatched shoes which meant I had to wear them all weekend! LOL Get some sleep my friend or I’ll worry about the next items on your NO SLEEP list! Hugs!

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    1. No way! Talk about the perfect day to pitch Nutella. I don’t even remember what I ate for dinner last night much less an upcoming holiday. Sooooo good to hear from you Leah. We have lots to catch up on!

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  3. Ain’t nothing wrong with sleep deprived shenanigan’s. I once tossed my house/car/everything keys down the garbage shute of my building. The property management wasn’t too happy with me when I made them dig them out πŸ˜€ oops lol I’ve also walked out my door in my slippers instead of shoes. Good times, glad to read that I am in fact in great company!

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    1. Oh noooo! Good thing they actually helped you find your keys. If I lost my keys, I would’ve been in trouble because I misplaced the spare. I’ve also walked out in slippers too. I’ve simplified my life by wearing two types of shoes–Uggs or flip flops.

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  4. I’ve definitely done a few of the things on this list. The melting bottles one is scary. My whole house reeked of plastic & I was paranoid that the smell was gonna give us brain damage. Thankfully, I only did it once.

    Hope you get some sleep soon, dear. & For the record, I’ll definitely take the naps.

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    1. Ha! You’re like me. I freak out over burnt plastic, too. I instantly think carcinogens. You selected naps as your luxury item, do you even like Nutella?

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    1. Poor baby! If only our kids knew how many times we’ve taken a hit for them. That’s the nature of a mother’s love . . . just keep going and going. Good to hear from you!

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    1. Miriam, are you sure I’ll be able to sleep again? I probably shouldn’t count on it for another three years. As for your affection towards sleep, that makes the two of us!

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  5. Oh the days of no sleep! It will be over before you know it and you and sleep will be tight again. I’ve been getting sleep and I checked out at the grocery store, with a cashier, and didn’t have my wallet yesterday!

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    1. I wear glasses, too. But, I’ve never actually washed my face with them. Hopefully, you’re getting more sleep now that your youngest is out of the newborn stage.

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  6. Since having kids, I still always have to be careful of what I pour on my cereal–it could be juice. I still have to be careful where I put the milk when I finish with it. It could end up in the pantry. I never had this problem before, and my son just turned 11. I hope you find sleep soon.

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    1. So what you’re saying is that it’s likely I’ll continue putting milk in the freezer. Maybe it’s just something inherent in mothers. Guessing it has to do with multitasking. Good to hear from you, Karen!

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    1. Yes, I’ll be waiting! We can swap sleep deprivation nightmares. But it’s for a good cause. And babies really are the best companions in the middle of the night.

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  7. Oh, Anka. I remember those sleep deprived days. I hope you’re getting more sleep or at least naps. I would go for the naps over the Nutella. I almost drove off a cliff once when I was sleep deprived. Really….that’s the worse of it! Hey, I like your change.

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    1. Oh geez, Amy, that’s scary! Sleep deprivation can be very debilitating. Maybe that’s why it’s used as a tactic during interrogations, because it truly changes a person’s psychological state. Fortunately, I’m not THAT tired!

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    1. Ha! That’s an excellent idea. I’ll probably be shutting down the factory soon. And congratulations on your newest edition. You KNOW my pain. Wishing you a peaceful night of sleep, between feedings of course!

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  8. 2 AM trips to Jack in the Box seem like great ways to kill your sleep. I had the “pleasure” of eating that stuff once. ONCE.

    I am fortunate enough to not require much sleep. This was very beneficial when dealing with a baby.

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    1. Wish I could say the same. You’d think once would be enough. My group of friends loved Jack’s tacos, sourdough burgers, and curly fries. It’s definitely out of my system. I haven’t eaten there in over 15 years!

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  9. Due to sleep deprivation, my memories from the first few months are fuzzy. But I do remember viciously abusing a wall with my face about a week after we brought our firstborn home (totally ran into a wall, nowhere near a door). Here’s to hoping you get some naps AND nutella soon!

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    1. OUCH! I’m sure that woke you up. Even now, I still worry that I’ll bump into a wall. Knowing me, I’d probably do it in broad daylight. Hope all is well in your world today lovely lady!

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  10. Oh Anka – I think one never forgets those days when the most unexpected happens and those nights when the expected doesn’t happen. But that too shall pass and you can always eat something without a spoon in the meanwhile. Hugs

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    1. Thanks for the reassurance, Tiny! And yes, digging in tub full of yummy always lifts my spirits. Since I’m out of Nutella, I’ve been hitting the peanut butter.

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    1. Yes, time to alone is such a luxury! Is it wrong that I’m jealous of my husband’s hour and half commute to work each day? What I would give to drive in the car alone . . .

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