Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sleep Deprivation

I am exhausted! I know, I know...those of you with kids are thinking, "just wait until the baby comes and then you'll really know what exhausted is." Maybe you're right--I'll find out soon enough! I just wish my body would take advantage of this time before she arrives to rest! I don't have any problem falling asleep; it's staying asleep that I just can't seem to manage. I wake up every night at least once, but last night was particularly bad. I woke up around 2:00 and 3:00, and then I was awake again from 4:00 until 5:00. Of course, my alarm is set to go off at 5:00, and wouldn't you know it, right before 5, I fell into a wonderful restful sleep, only to be awakened by the sound of my alarm. I hit the snooze button and had another 10 minutes of peaceful sleep before it went off again (and again, and again...). Why can I sleep so well while my alarm is snoozing and not when I could have blissfully uninterrupted sleep? It's getting progressively more difficult for me to function at school! Combine tiredness with pregnancy hormones... You get the picture!

Anna is moving around more and more and I love it! She kicks pretty hard--so hard, in fact, that if you look at the right time, you can see my stomach move! It is totally wonderful and completely bizarre. All the research I've done says that babies are most active between weeks 24 and 28; after that they're too big to have much room to move around.

This week, Anna probably weights a little over a pound and is about as long as a piece of paper. When I look at a piece of paper, I'm amazed that something that size is actually inside me! It's like growing a little alien. (Just kidding!)

Speaking of growing things, a student of mine saw a t-shirt at a maternity store that said, "I can grow people!"

1 comment:

Jana Swartwood said...

Waking every hour just to fall asleep before the alarm goes off.... That's the worst. Pregnant or not. I'm so sorry.

I have to say, when you mentioned that she was the length of a piece of paper, I suddenly imagined her as flat as paper, too. And that was kind of weird. Thank goodness she's not.

ps. I'm sleep-deprived, too. That's why my comment is so weird.