I know many people make and then quickly break their New Years resolutions but I wanted to be REALLY serious about mine this year. Really. I swear. I took my time in thinking about it and mine seemed simple. It seemed doable. And it was important. . . .get more sleep.
The month of December was a wee bit more insane than usual since my hubby was out of town for the first two weeks of the month. Heck, I didn’t start Christmas shopping until the 23rd! I got everything done that needed to get done, but my sleep definitely suffered. Suffered? If I got 5 hours uninterrupted, (the keyword with two little ones around) I was psyched!
Then it happened. My hubby and I went away for two nights without the kids (yay! Grandparents!). Not only was it great to spend time together, but we got to SLEEP! Seriously, we slept until 10:30am both days (you’ve got to LOVE the hotel light blocking shades!) And then something even more amazing happened- I was more awake (in retrospect this really shouldn’t have been shocking), but I was also happier, felt better, and was much more relaxed (OK. Not having the kids around helped with the relaxation part a bit)
I know this doesn’t sound earth shattering but it made me (a notorious “little sleeper”) realize that I could get better quality time in each day (vs. trying to get more time into each day). So it became my resolution. Get more sleep. I didn’t even define how much since I thought I might not keep to it. I came into the new year all excited about being a more alert and well rested.
And then reality hit.
My problem was getting home and back to The Routine. Uh oh. The dreaded Routine. I think I made it at home for about 12 hours before I broke my resolution (yes. I went to bed around 1am my first night back home). And now, here I am 2 weeks and one case of strep throat later realizing that, hey, maybe I should get back to that commitment to myself.
So I’m thinking I’ll make it a New Month’s Resolution (or even a New Week’s Resolution if I can’t wait that long). That’s Ok, right? Now I just need to overcome The Routine and convince my teething 9 month old and stuffy-nosed almost-three year old that they should adhere to the resolution too. Yes. Please wish me some luck!