Thursday, March 01, 2007

My New Roommate

Naturally now that Elisabeth has finally started spending entire nights in her own crib, in her own bedroom, Madeleine has decided to begin expressing dissatisfaction with her current sleeping arrangements and her manner has been quite vociferous in suggesting she ought sleep in our room. You know, in that queen size bed that was suddenly, upon Elisabeth's departure, feeling so luxuriously large and comfortable (and this is only a queen size bed!).

I keep saying no. No, no, no. I want my space. I want to sleep. For the love of all that is good in this world, I just want eight hours of uninterrupted sleep for at least two or three nights in a row. Is that too much to ask?

Apparently.

Last night Madeleine strategically circumvented me and asked Superdad, who would, in a just world, hereafter be known as SuckerDad. He didn't even pause to think before he said yes. Madeleine proudly ran up to me, secure in her victory, and exclaimed, "Guess what Mom! I get to sleep in YOUR bed tonight!" Her eyes were shining with excitement. Mine glazed over.

"Oh good!" I said through gritted teeth while thinking, "I am going to kill Superdad"

This post should lend understanding into these burning questions, which I'm sure have tormented all of my readers:

1) Why I have such a complete and total love affair with all things caffeine, especially coffee and

2) Why, more often than not, I appear a bit imbalanced.

Now you know. It's sleep deprevation.

14 comments:

Superdad said...

In my defense, I did not tell M she could sleep in our bed. I told her to tell you that I did not care if she did. Haven't you learned that you need to employ the Reagan "trust but verify" doctrine with the superkids?

But I admit it. I love it when one (or all) of the kids pile in.

AlexanderTheGreat said...

LOL SuckerDad. You have a fine point.

M is learning the great art of parent manipulation, in this case, divide and conquer.

beecher said...

I'm with you, Superdad. I love when they pile in (and even the dog, too). It's happening less and less now...I plan to enjoy it while it lasts!

beecher said...

Of course, this is a bit much...

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/01/garden/01bed.html

Megan said...

HA, and to think that I used to think co-sleeping was weird (this was before I had kids, of course!). I can count on one hand the number of times recently that I have slept the entire night through with just my husband. We might start out just the two of us, but we never finish up the night that way!
But aren't they just so cute when they are all snuggled up beside you...? :)
They are only young once Cait! You'll look back on these days and smile, I guarantee it!

Alexis Jacobs said...

Cait I think you deserve a run to Starbucks this am. Or request Superdad to buy you a nice big king size bed.

Superdad said...

"Or request Superdad to buy you a nice big king size bed."

I am all for that. Then we'll have room for a few more kids to pile in!

SuperMom said...

Ah, everyone coming to Suckerdad's defense is truly admirable. I can only laugh because I've already ingested two cups of coffee.

I can't see the link for some reason, Beecher. :(

jack & harry's mom said...

I am so disappointed I didn't get to enjoy (LOL) this post until TODAY! Perhaps now that E is gone you could 'schedule' a few calendar selected days for M to enjoy the queen sized bed? Um, Suckerdad, I cracked up when reading the response to the king sized bed...Supermom, I hope you have ingested your fair share+ of caffine for the day! :)

beecher said...

Sorry about the link--it was just a URL, I think, to a recent piece in the NYT about New York City families and musical beds every night, and then the sleep therapists they visit to try to solve the problem!

To be fair, I sympathize with you, too, Supermom. When everyone does pile in to our(queen size)bed, they are ALL on my side of it, since Bill frowns on the whole thing and is likely to put people (and dogs) back where they belong. Yes, that's where the caffeine comes in...

it's me, Val said...

Cait, I went through something very similar last night . . . well, the exact thing, really. M was in my bed . . . almost all night. . . at one point completely wide awake at 4:45. So here I sit with a Venti Mocha. I'll be milking it all day to get me through! Here's to caffeine! I could not survive without this godsend!

Oh, and btw, love the new colors on your blog. very inviting. I like it a lot.

sixty-five said...

The NYT article, "Whose Bed is it Anyway" in the March 1 paper is currently the #1 most popular article. Guess it struck a nerve!!

SuperMom said...

The NYT article, "Whose Bed is it Anyway" in the March 1 paper is currently the #1 most popular article

I also had the same article forwarded to me by another blog reader who'd had it sent to her-- funny!

Terri said...

OMG, I am SO blog-behind!

SuckerDad, indeed! I am all about the co-sleeping thing, and did it for quite some time. But a 6-year-old? ugh. I'm with you.

The one "positive:" 99% effective birth control.