Doing better today mentally
by, 05-12-2005 at 02:41 PM (264 Views)
It's amazing what 6 straight hours of sleep can do for your psyche! This has been more or less our schedule lately:
4:15pm - DH comes home from work, we do the tag team thing and I leave for work
4:30pm-1:15am - work, breaks, driving back from work
1:15am - 3 or 4am - wind down from work, pick stuff up, maybe go online, feed and cuddle DS if he gets up (which he doesn't always do; he goes through stages with this).
3 or 4am - bed
6:45-7am - get up, feed DS and take DH to work (we only have 1 running car right now)
7:30-9:15am - get DS ready for therapy/preschool, read and do therapy-type stuff at home with DS
9:15am-1:00pm - therapy/preschool with DS at the center, picking DH up for lunch, eating lunch, etc.
1:00pm-3:45pm - varies - DS usually naps for some of this; during the nap I either take a nap myself or try to clean and maybe go online for a bit. When he's up we do therapy-type stuff, read, go over flash cards, play, etc.
3:45pm - get ready for work
And then the whole thing starts over.
On days DS doesn't have therapy/school (like today) we don't take DH to work so we're at home all morning. I still get up around 7 or so and feed DS, get him ready for the day, etc. but a lot of the time DS will entertain himself with toys, Playhouse Disney, etc. and let me get a little extra sleep (maybe until 10 or so). Today the little bugger didn't wake up until 10 himself though; I got to bed at 4 or I got 6 straight hours of sleep for once! Amazing!!!! So I do feel better mentally.
I feel bad about not waking up for DS, but then again, he didn't wake me up (and with him, you KNOW when he's ready for the day, LOL). And I feel bad about TV as babysitter on occasion - but that's just it, it's on occasion. DS is not the type to sit and stare blindly at TV for hours on end, which we are really glad about, believe me. He is very high maintenance though due to all the developmental delays so I gotta get sleep when I can, right?
I don't like to make excuses; I HATE when others do it so I feel like such a hypocrite trying to justify the extra sleep.
But you gotta do what you gotta do, for sanity's sake at least.