Nov 13 2012
If you don't have anything nice to say...

It's about to get real up in here... :) 

I have been without sleep for about 9 weeks. You don't have to have kids to know that when you go without sleep, your not-so-best side rears it's ugly head. My not so best side has been out of control lately. I don't like being mean. I know it's not the right way to act. 

My husband and I had to have a heart to heart the other day because his not-so-best side has been clashing with my not-so-best side and I think we went awhile without saying a kind word to each other. I begin most of my days with "I don't know how much longer I can do this". That's positive, huh? Yeah, great way to start the day. The truth of the matter is, it's not that bad. Yes, I'm tired. Yes, it's rough...but it's not forever. I will sleep through the night again. My writsts will no longer feel like they are falling off, and I won't get up off the floor like a 900 year old woman. :) The question is...what do I do in the mean time? I don't know the answer to that. Maybe you can help me with that. I have been marinating on this verse recently. It's funny how something will come into your mind and no matter how hard you try you can't shake it. That is what has been happening with this verse. Must be something I need to put into practice. 

Ephesians 4:29 "Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." 

Ouch. 

I am going to work on that this week...keep me accountable. :) 

I am also going to work on eating less bite size snickers. 

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11/13/2012 7:59:14 PM
MELISSA TURRENTINE United States
MELISSA TURRENTINE
Cat naps help. Even if only 15 minutes at a time. And I am praying for you.
11/14/2012 4:30:55 AM
Kat United States
Kat
I remember this season so well, it can really test your marriage!  My refreshment was taking a little bit of quiet time to hear God through His word and to pray.  I know that probably seems close to impossible.  Since I had trouble focusing, I would use devotionals to help guide me through, and I started a prayer journal so I wouldn't end up making grocery or "to do" lists in my mind.  
A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss was one book that really helped me!  You are being prayed for!  
11/14/2012 7:33:42 AM
Anne United States
Anne
Being a new listener to Air1, I am ignorant to whether you have older children.  That being said, if you do, ask them to help out with the small things, that could make a big difference.  Knowing that you are cranky and telling everyone that you are, helps as well.  It shows the rest of your family that you have flaws and that you are trying to do your best.  Hire a babysitter or ask a family member to watch your little one for an hour or two so that you can get a nap.  Or hire someone or ask someone to come do your laundry, cleaning, cooking, or any other task that needs to be done.  

Parenthood is an amazing gift!  And you are doing a great job.  

Pray and offer EVERTHING up to Our Lord.  That stinky diaper, offer it up.  That towel on the floor, offer it up.  Pray without ceasing!  I will be praying for you, and your family.

God Bless!
11/14/2012 7:38:07 AM
Jim United States
Jim
My wife has been there.  Our second daughter was up for three days straight once when she was first born.  I was on the road so I couldn't help out.  The night I returned I booked a nearby hotel room for her for a night and took the baby.  It helped her.  Is there anyone that can take the baby for a night while you sleep somewhere else?

(PS - the baby slept through the night for me.  Smile Go figure.)
11/14/2012 8:49:27 AM
Kim United States
Kim
Wow thank you for sharing…I loved your honesty.  Yes, I have been there!  

At that time, I thought I was the only one to experience the working moms’ struggles.  
I remember talking “at” the Lord all the time (basically complaining to Him), knowing now He was there patiently listening.

During this time, I tried not to be too hard on myself…I was not going to be a Supermom, like some of my family members.  My house was always a mess. (God broke me of my perfectness nature).  While other moms were concerned about how long their children took to advance to different milestones, such as bottle and binkie weaning, potty training, etc. I did not care...just hoped they were out of diapers before they were teens. Our children slept in the same bed as my husband and I, which according to my mom was a big no no.  Again, I did not care, I was so tired besides my mom was not a working mom.  Looking back, those nighttimes and morning times in bed all together were some of the best memories.

In a blink of an eye it was over. Our daughters are now 21 and 18 years old and are on fire for the Lord! Your honesty is going to help other working moms with young children. Again thank you for sharingSmile
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