A Little Night Music

I function (barely, but that's beside the point) on very little sleep.

It's partially because our meant-for-two-people queen-sized bed is grossly overpopulated.

-There are, of course, Curtis and myself who actually BELONG there.
-Then there's Coby, who sleeps with us because I sleep literally holding my babies until they're old enough that I get over the fear of SIDS. (I know, I'm weird like that.)
-Then there's Cameron, who goes to sleep in his own bed every night but without fail joins us at or before 2 a.m.
- And finally there are the damn cats, who insist upon sleeping on my feet. Because bony feet are, like, so comfortable.

Due to my lack of shut-eye, it's a wonder that I'm able to continue to produce quality illustrations such as this:

I do it all for you, friends. All for you.

Add into the mix the ear-splitting yappings of Josie, our new puppy, who - despite being set up in her own little cushy corner with blankets and everything - insists on vocalizing her displeasure at least once a night, and it isn't hard to see why sleep is a rare commodity for me.*

*Although I seem to be the only one affected by all this because everyone else sleeps right through it. Ugh. 

To truly let you share in the "music of my night," I am imbedding an actual, live 22-second recording that I took from my bed at 2:34 this morning (I keep my phone under my pillow for just such an occasion). That rumbling freight-train noise is Curtis snoring, accented by the sweet trill of Josie's big mouth in the other room. And be sure to listen until the end, when the baby starts fussing. Classic.

Enjoy ... and may you sleep better than I do.



Comments

  1. Been there. Done that. All but for the cats and puppy. Now I wear earplugs and force my kids to sleep in their own room (they are over SIDS age). I lived for five years on NO sleep. I'm still not sure I did it and I don't think I will ever fully recover.

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  2. That is hilarious (except for you who can't sleep through it =()

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  3. God! I know the feeling... particularly the perpendicular sleeping of Cameron. My youngest is 3 1/2 & I just started laying down the lay for him to stay in his bed all night. I gotta say, my back feels much better now that I'm not getting kicked in the chest or face at night. In a few years we're going to miss snuggling with our little guys...

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  4. I adore your illustrations, they crack me up! I feel your pain, except there are no cats allowed around here. My babies are finally doing better about sleeping through the night, thank goodness. Hang in there and good luck.

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  5. I love the illustration and sound clip. Totally made my day. Don't worry it won't always be that hard to get some sleep!!

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  6. Well, I see it this way. You can either get rid of all other people or get a fan to drown out the noise. I think that choice is pretty clear. ;)

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  7. Might I suggest a co-sleeper for the side of the bed and a heart monitor for Coby. My younger sister and I were on one b/c my parents lost their first born, my older sister, to SIDS. As for cats, I shut my bedroom off to them b/c my cats would keep me up all night. I assume Josie will eventually stop barking during the night. Lastly, if you have an air mattress, you could always set it up near the bed in your room if there is space for Cameron to sleep on that way he gets used to be in a bed not your and your husband's.

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  8. LOL...we just have a baby plus me and the husband, and I think that is too crowded!

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  9. Your illustration made me snort at my desk. Hysterical.

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  10. Ha ha! My family were co-sleepers, too. I kept the babies in bed with us until they were old enough to get outta their own beds to climb back into my bed. Sigh. Thankfully, now at ages 3 and 6, they stay put in their own beds.

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  11. Hahaha- I am so cracking up at your expense. Sorry. And I absolutely love that Curtis is holding himself in your drawing. Very realistic.

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  12. Hilarious! We keep talking about getting a king bed purely because our family of four doesn't feel fit in our queen bed. But, like you, I seem to be the only one bothers, or loosing sleep, by this fact.

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  13. My husband, my two & 1/2 year old and my pregnant self all share one bed. WHY is it that they insist on sleeping perpendicular to the adults? WHY!

    I hear ya sister!!!

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  14. Thank you so much for sleeping so non-productively just for us! Great post!
    Lindsey Petersen

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  15. Seriously, dude. WTH did you get a dog?

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  16. Bahahahaaaaahaa! I actually sort of laughed/ snorted/ choked/ howled when I saw the drawing. Your face... priceless! And judging by the contortions and crotch-holding of Curtis in the drawing (and the snoring on the audio, OMG!), I'd say the three little nuts (no pun intended) don't fall far from the tree! You really do have FOUR kids. And two cats. And a puppy.

    You're my hero, Rita! :)

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  17. Poor you! I can totally sympathize - which is why we now own a king bed.

    Love your artwork FYI. Have you considered doing your own line of greeting cards?

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  18. I love the drawing.....so true-to-life! ;o)I've slept many nights with little feet in my back or little hands tangled in my hair. Since we don't see the kiddos so often I don't mind on a temporary basis, but I'm sure I couldn't handle it every night. Nap whenever you can!

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  19. I need the whole bed just for me and my body parts, some of which might decide to expand during the night. Also I need a cool part to roll into and then later I need the warm part to roll back on. If anyone else wants to get in, there's a little triangle at the bottom corner I'm willing to sublet.

    Your cats sleep on your feet and not Curtis's because he launches them into the stratosphere and you don't. Guar-awn-teed.

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  20. The drawing and the cartoon, hysterical!!!

    Just so you know, my youngest who is 12 still finds her way to our bed every night. And then there's the big dog who sleeps on my legs trapping me. The 2 puppies, so far, are not on the bed, but I see them eyeing our bedlam, (pun intended).

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  21. Oh my gawd girl, I don't know how you do it. I don't mess around with my sleep, and the kids and animals all know it. That image you made is freakin' funny though!

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  22. lol lol ! Haha and you still make it sound soo funny! Thats true spirit! Cool one :)

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  23. I love the sound clip! As a person who is crankier-than-hell without sleep, all I can say is YIKES! I could be a raging lunatic if I had to "sleep" through that!

    Who knows, maybe one day you won't be able to sleep without the noise...Nah.

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  24. This just cracked me up. Maybe you should buy another bed and push them together. I feel your pain though, minus the baby. Hubby snores, and 1 of the 3 dogs that sleeps with us snores too. Sometimes in the middle of the night, the cat will try to sneak downstairs and our puppy will bolt out of bed and go tearing after him. What would we write about if things were normal?

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  25. when we go to bed these days, we no longer have kids, but we still go to bed with three dogs and two cats sharing the room, and sometimes the bed with us.

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  26. LOL love the drawing Reet & Curtis' loud ass snoring! Never a dull moment that's for sure!

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  27. Apparently you don't stalk me the way you should. Gonna have to come visit me and see what I have for you:)

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  28. Fighting Frumpy's husbandMarch 28, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Hey, I don't sleep with my hand over my.......head like that. ;)

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  29. Oh my God. I can't believe you recorded that. Too funny, I was laughing so hard. My son joined us during the night too. I can give you some hope...he is 23 now and doesn't sleep with us anymore. Stopped about 20 years ago. LOL They do grow out of it.

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  30. Love the illustration--especially Curtis's right hand placement.

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  31. That looked like our bed too - why do kids turn sideways like that? I always ended up with the feet end! I also have a cat on my feet, except that my feet end up out of the equation, so I am in a fetal position.

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