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About a week ago I started tracking my sleeping habits. For this post mostly (and by mostly I mean completely) but after the first two nights I became sort of obsessed with knowing how many hours I was actually sleeping and not... well... on the toilet. Because, when you get to this point in a pregnancy you truly have no idea how many times you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Or wake up with a Charlie Horse. Or indigestion. Or issues with the pillows not being in perfect harmony with the S of your temporarily awkward unable-to-sleep in any-position-that-is-comfortable-body. It's a little like sleep walking. In fact, I may or may not be awake right now typing this. I may in fact be sleeping. On the toilet. With my laptop on my lap blogging into the pee wee hours.

Anyway, because I'm sure you're wildly interested, here is what last week's sleep pattern looked like via FitBit which I still don't entirely understand. It is literally the size of my pinky finger with the memory of a thousand elephants.








Shockingly (not!), the best sleep I'm getting is on the weekends, when I don't have to take Fable to school or get up with the kids. But what's most nuts about these sleep charts are the "you were in bed for" vs" you were actually sleeping" areas. I'm spending an average of two hours every night awake? Could that be? I mean, is it even humanly possible for one to wake up THIRTY-NINE TIMES in one night?

I don't know. I do know that I feel relatively great considering how much sleep I SHOULD be getting vs how much sleep I actually am. Does carrying around this much estrogen have the same effect as as Red Bull mixed with forty-shots of espresso? Because I have more energy this pregnancy than I had with the other two combined. Perhaps it's because I don't have a choice or maybe it's because I'm so exhausted I've gone full circle into Insomniac Crazytown. I did tell a stranger the other day that I was an "Executive Reproducer" when he asked "what I did for a living", which according to his terrified facial expression did not amuse him. New Rule: Never ask a stranger what she does for a living and expect to get a legitimate answer.

The thing is? Even though I know I should be getting more sleep than my daily average of 6hrs 33mins, a part of me also feels like this is a great time to prepare my body for never sleeping again. I do know the drill. (Kind of.) I've had newborn babies before. (It's just that they were born one at a time, three and a half years apart.) Still, even with one infant at a time to care for, those first few months were a total blur of feeding and changing and sleep-walking around the house in backwards pajama pants/falling asleep on myself at the breakfast table.

This time around, I doubt I'll even have time to eat breakfast, let alone put on pants. In the meantime, I get to practice not sleeping by sporadically catnapping throughout the night.

Which is why on behalf of my future self, I'm considering "six and a half hours of sleep" the divinest of luxuries.



Steph(anie) | 9:42 AM

Wow. I think I just decided I want a FitBit for my birthday.

Liz | 9:53 AM

I can't believe waking up 39 times gets you 80% efficiency! What an interesting device. Both new parents should get one and then you can have data to back up the "who is more tired" argument ;-)

Sadie's Mama | 9:56 AM

I am a week ahead of you in my second pregnancy, and although I've only got one baby in there, so much of what you write on your blog is true for me too. I'm afraid of what FitBit would say about my nights. Last night it was after 3 am that I finally fell asleep and then got woken up by a 2.5 year-old elbow in the face at 6. Good practice for new baby is what I tell myself too.

Megan | 10:00 AM

I'm jealous at the amount of sleep you get. Last night I got four hrs, probably less, and I'm only 17 weeks pregnant with a singleton. Plus a three year old who wakes up constantly. What I wouldn't do for seven hours. I don't think I want that FitBit, I would be afraid of the results.

Lindsay | 10:16 AM

My goodness, your attitude could not be more sunshiney regarding the impending birth of twins...
Kudos to you for relishing in these sweet moments.

Kat | 10:29 AM

i'm going to try this fitbit thing!

Molly | 10:39 AM

I'm glad you're getting at least 6 hours of real sleep a night now, and I like your optimistic take on the idea that this is practice for when the twins are newborn. However, I don't think you need practice! Your body is doing so much work right now, especially with caring for two kids already, and I wish I could wave a wand and give you two hours off every afternoon to take a nap. You deserve it!

Glenda | 10:58 AM

WOW!!! I can't believe waking up that many times?! That's pretty interesting. I think I want one!

Last night I was up and just laying there in and out of sleep. I hate nights like that. I wake up like someone literally beat me up (and I'm not pregnant)

I'm glad considering the amount of times you're up and peeing lol you are getting at least 6 hours.

Thanks for sharing!

Erica | 12:14 PM

I almost spit my tea out with the "Executive Reproducer." Hilarious.

The Grouchy Mom | 2:19 PM

Too funny!

I really enjoyed your post, and your sassy answer to the nosy stranger!

Enjoy your big self!

Adrianne | 3:57 PM

One question: how in the HELL do you stay up so late?! I guess you already answered that by saying that you have tons of energy this time around, but I just can't even fathom it! I'm approaching 38 weeks and feel so incredibly exhausted that I don't know what to do with myself. All I want to do is sleep. I fall asleep around 9:30 or 10 every night and am STILL tired the next morning. Can you send me some of that energy? Pretty please?!


Your business card should say "Executive Reproducer." For real. That is the raddest thing I've read in a long time.

Also, I completely want a FitBit.

~ Noelle

Wendy | 6:49 AM

39 times? Holy moly. I remember those days...I was so desparate to get to sleep because I was tired, but spent most of the night awake, or so it seemed. I'm jealous of your fitbit, I wish I had one 2 years ago when I was preggo with my twins. I might have felt better if I thought I was getting sleep!
I never get quality sleep when I'm pregnant (look at me-the expert, I've only been preg 2x). I find that I get much better sleep once my babies are born. Yes I am up in the night, every 3 hours, but I sleep like the dead when I do sleep. And I don't have a watermelon attached to my stomach preventing me from rolling over and being comfortable.
I love your blog at all times, but especially in the past 30 weeks. I am re-experiencing my last pregnancy without actually having to be pregnant! ;)

Anonymous | 2:53 PM

I'm just amazed at how late you go to bed! I'm in bed by at least 10 (and hopefully 9 or 9:30) every night. How in the world do you stay up until midnight?!!

Max | 4:05 PM

Not pregnant I need 10-12 hours of sleep or I can hardly function. Pregnant I can rock only 3. It's weird.