After-Midnight Snacks

After-Midnight Snacks

I’ve been waking up at 4 or 5 the past few mornings and been unable to go back to sleep because I am so hungry. I have to get up and eat something. Also perhaps because that seems to be a time when Sophia wants to go through her morning exercise regimen. Maybe there’s something about the baby moving that is stimulating my hunger?

Anyway, I know you’re not supposed to eat right before bed. Particularly if you’re trying not to put on any excess weight. But I’ve been trying to have a snack at bedtime to stave off the early morning hungries.

Last night I had a banana and a glass of milk. But I still woke up when Dom’s alarm went off at 5:30. And I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep and I just couldn’t. I got up and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and washed it down with a glass of milk. And even after that I felt hungry.

Grudgingly, I decided to offer the time up to God and prayed Lauds/the Office of Readings at more or less the proper time for once. I prayed it while lying in bed, hoping that the psalms and readings would lull me back to sleep. I made it all the way through the prayers and then turned off the light and fortunately was able to sleep until Bella woke me.

I have to admit that I was in a pretty good frame of mind by that time. Perhaps getting up and praying, even if I did go back to sleep, helped me to start my day off right. But I’m still hoping it doesn’t become a pattern.

Perhaps it’s nature’s way to begin to prepare me for the frequent night wakings of a newborn. Get into the habit now and it won’t be such a shock after the baby is born.

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  • I’m impressed!  I took my 2nd child with me to a haircut when he was 4 months old and napping in his carrier, but I can’t imagine the DENTIST (which I am terrified of anyway!) with a toddler with me…you are incredible!

  • Lori,

    Thanks; but I’m not sure how much credit I deserve. I haven’t actually got a haircut since before Isabella was born. So you’ve got me beat in that category.

    I’m actually much more worried about taking her with me to get a haircut than to our dentist’s office. Maybe because I know that our dentist used to see my brother-in-law when he was a kid and now takes care of that brother-in-law’s children? In other words, I know it’s a family friendly place. And I really like the hygienist and felt pretty sure she wouldn’t mind Bella being in the room. My only real concern was Bella freaking out and I was fully prepared to have to turn around, reschedule the appointment, and go home with my tail between my legs.

    I actually didn’t remember the appointment was there until the dentist’s office left a message to remind me of the appointment and I’d seriously considered canceling or rescheduling for a time when I could drop Bella off with my sister-in-law but I kept forgetting to do so. So it was more that I’d backed myself into a corner and might as well give it a go.