I feel like dr jekyll and mr hyde

29 Nov

I am the best parent in the morning (apart from the days I wake up by my human alarm clock) and the worst parent in the evening. My poor kids witness this transformation on a semi daily basis.

One of the things I have realised in my 5 years of parenting is the power of SLEEP, or should I say lack of it. Yes, I FINALLY (it only took me 30 years) realised why my mom made SUCH A BIG DEAL out of us getting enough sleep. I was angry and frustrated whenever we had to be the first ones to go to sleep in a country where the norm is to put your kids to sleep after 22:00. Now, I understand. 100%.

My transformation looks like that:

06:30 HAPPY parent I wake up, kiss my son, prepare his lunch bag and send him off to school with a huge smile on my face (50% for loving him to pieces, 50% for having the luxury to enjoy a cup of coffee uninterrupted)

10:00 still a HAPPY parent Sunshine no 2 wakes up

12:00 slowly but steadily leaving the HAPPY parent  slightly tired mom tries to convince NOT TIRED daughter to go down for a nap

16:00 leave the happy / enter the TIRED parent  tired son comes home to tired mom and tired (due to lack of nap) daughter

18:00 VERY TIRED parent after having put up with the crankiness of both kids for the last couple of hours I somehow lose ALL of my patience and start saying things I will most definitely regret. I try my best to keep the nasty comments to myself but sometimes it just spills over….

19:00 EXHAUSTED parent (if there is such a thing) usually by now my hero N. comes home from work and takes the kids away from their mother to shower them, give them their milk, brush their teeth & put on their pyjamas while I prepare dinner for the grown ups.

20:00 RELIEVED parent tucking the kids into their beds and giving them the 15 last kisses is great. It means that I AM FINALLY FREE to enjoy the remaining of the evening and what is left from me.



4 Responses to “I feel like dr jekyll and mr hyde”

  1. Jurgita November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    So I am not alone in it. Every single word in your post can be applied to me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. ramblingsfromamum November 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    It may sound callous that we want time for ourselves when our children are young, but it is only through exhaustion. If we were continually ‘happy happy’ the sun would shine around us. It is normal to think I want me time, it is ok to say please have a nap or I need some space, it is a mother who loses patience. All is well with the world T you are a ‘normal’ mum and you are doing just fine 🙂

  3. nothingbythebook November 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I think when you have the self-awareness that there is a magic (or unmagic) time at which the exhaustion comes (mine is at 3 p.m.–I’m pretty good until 3 p.m., and then it’s downhill) and plan for it, that helps.

    And then there are the ages and stages when you are an exhausted parent 24/7 no matter what, and nothing helps.

    But yes. Sleep. Important. (And don’t you hate it when childless people tell you how tired they are?) Sometimes unachievable. Says the woman writer at 5 a.m. her time because she can’t sleep…


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