It’s 1:31 am. Baby Luke is softly snoring. Little Mia is deep into dreamland. Husband is sound asleep. Me? I am up – drafting emails; catching up on work-related reading; and checking off items on my ever long to-do list. No, I am not suffering from anxiety or some sort of sleep disorder. To the contrary, I am happy as can be during this quiet moment, a point in time that I have dubbed my new golden hour.
For the past few weeks I have been passing out early, usually after I’ve put the kids to sleep. I sleep for a few hours and then usually wake up again anywhere between 1 and 3 am. Oddly, I feel energized, so I take advantage of this time and use it to be productive. It’s quiet, there is no baby pulling on my leg wanting to be nursed or held. My daughter is not pleading for me to read her a story or paint her nails. And I don’t have to tend to my sweet husband either. It’s almost surreal.
I work for about an hour, then fall back asleep and wake-up at my usual time a little groggy, but nothing that a cup of coffee can’t fix. I feel like I have found an additional 1-2 hours in my day.
This also happened to me when I went back to work after I had my first child. I think it is my subconscious letting me rest and then giving me a boost to help me keep up with my responsibilities. It is this strange mom energy that keeps me afloat and helps me get things accomplished.
I am not sure if this is just a phase and just how long it will last. But I am going to take advantage of this energy and enjoy my late-night (or is it early morning?) ritual for as long as I can. Has this happened to anyone else?
Okay. I can feel myself getting sleepy now. Good night to all you awesome parents out there.