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.