Life The Summer of Little Sleep!

August 13, 20192

Summers are wonderful! I have the privilege of being off in the summers with my children. We have so much fun! We spend our time at the pool, biking, hiking, camping, playing, and traveling.  Most of the time we don’t even know which day it is. 

THAT’S THE BEST! 

I’m blessed to have the same schedule as them. Believe me, I put my time in during the school year so I take advantage of my summers.  

I still continue with my self-care routine which is mediation, exercise, and gratitudes however it is adjusted tremendously. It doesn’t have to start at 5:30 in the morning.  I start to sleep in a little later and relax in the mornings.  

This summer was much different.  The first week of June, at the end of the school year, we decided to get a puppy. We had been thinking about it for a year. The kids are old enough to take care of the puppy and so we went for it.  

HA!! I couldn’t remember anything about having a puppy from the last time I had one, 20 years ago.  Yes I knew I would be getting up in the middle of the night and the puppy would have to be watched constantly…

However I DIDN’T THINK my sleep would be INTERRUPTED ALL SUMMER! She does sleep through the night but is ready to get up around 4.  YIKES!!!!!! I have only had 2 nights of uninterrupted sleep all summer long and that is because I slept in the camper in our driveway! 

I can’t believe how I have functioned all summer with LITTLE SLEEP. 

There were times I was a bit cranky or needed to nap in the middle of the day which I HATE! I mean come on, it’s my summer, I shouldn’t have to NAP in the middle of the day. I should be relaxed, well rested and ready to do anything.  

Our first day back at work we will discuss our summers and everyone will share the exciting adventurous that took place for them. Me, what will I say?  My summer stunk because I only had 2 full nights of interrupted sleep and feel sorry for myself? In previous posts I have shared my suffering over this whole PUPPY SITUATION. I spent WAY to long suffering over the fact that I wasn’t getting the sleep I wanted and wasted TOO much time SUFFERING in my NEGATIVE STATE!

The other day I was at the bookstore and saw a book about 50 self-care tips. I thumbed through the book and saw one thing that really hit home for me.  It said “This Will Pass”. The author was explaining that whenever we are in a suffering state of something in our life, remember, it will eventually pass. 

So as I return to work I realize that yes, this summer will pass and my sleep will continue to increase as this puppy gets older and we continue to train her to stay in her kennel longer.  So instead of hanging onto the lack of sleep from the summer, I need to hang on to the wonderful adventures we have had even though this summer revolved around our puppy. We had some wonderful hikes, great camping trips, refreshing days at the pool in hot temperatures, chill days at home, bike rides around town, great time with friends, and lots of cuddle time with a CUTE LITTLE PUPPY!

As much as I am NOT ready for summer to be over, I AM READY for this summer to be over so I can put the lack of sleep parts behind me and look forward to the next wonderful season, fall and my duration of sleep to increase. 

What is something that has been a struggle for you?  How have you handled it? Has it passed YET? If not, it will and how will you feel once it does?

Living in DAILY JOY!

Lauren

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