Thursday, April 3, 2008

Coffee Anyone?

Last night was a very long night for both David and me. First, I'll tell you about my poor, sweet husband. He has been working on finishing a case for work that he wanted to turn in this week, so both Monday and Tuesday he only got around four hours of sleep. On his way home yesterday to meet us for Katja's birthday dinner, he got called out to a shooting , and had to stand outside all night in the rain. As I write, he still isn't home yet. That would be hard on anyone, let alone if you have cancer! My story is a bit more humorous, and reminds me what it was like to be a nursing mom with a 3 week old baby who doesn't sleep through the night. Last night for dessert, the kids had chocolate birthday cake. Can anyone say caffeine? They were wired, and with daddy not being home to tuck them in like their normal routine, they had a little trouble falling asleep and wanted to come out of their rooms every five minutes for a drink etc. I thought we were over that when they graduated toddler hood. My dog, also had issues which I will explain later. When David isn't home, I can sleep, but it is a very light sleep. I hear everything. First, I woke up because I couldn't remember if I locked the doors, car, and closed the garage. Then, every time the wind blew last night, I thought someone was knocking at the front door. When I finally fell asleep, my dog started to cry to tell me she had to go out to the bathroom. ( The vet said we had to put her on a diet because she was getting too fat, but I think my neighbors were secretly feeding her, because for the last 2 days she has had nonstop diarrhea.) When she has to go, she really has to go. So, I flew out of bed to let her out. An hour after I fell asleep again, Avrielle had a nightmare, and was screaming "Mommy, Mommy" as loud as she could" I flew out of bed again, went to her room and found her fast asleep. My heart was pumping a mile a minute. When I finally went back to sleep, about another hour later my dog started barking uncontrollably at the window, so again, I got up, went downstairs and looked out the window. There was a big raccoon trying to steal her container of dog food. I threw one of Chandler's shoes at the raccoon, he dodged it and looked at me as if to say, "Is that all you got?" He didn't even run. I was too tired to find anything else to throw, but he slowly mosied across the grass and through the fence. I let Happy out to go to the bathroom again, and she decided to sniff every inch of the backyard to gather information about her little visitor, and wouldn't come back inside until she did. I would have left her out if I didn't think she would bark and wake the neighbors. By the time I think I fell asleep again, the sun was beginning to come up. Psalm 118 :24 " This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." I think I would rejoice more if I could go back to bed and wake up a little later in it, but I will probably go downstairs again and make a really strong pot of coffee:) At least going up and downstairs all night burns calories from chocolate cake right???


Shelly said...

You are a good story teller. I got a good chuckle out of this one. Especially when you through a shoe at the raccoon. Thanks for the laughter!

By His grace alone,


Shelly said...

Sorry, I did not check my spelling,

threw not through


Chris & Georg said...

Ha Ha Ha, oh Lauren, we've all had nights like these...thanks for the laugh...
Love, Georg

Mersch Family said...

Ha, ha, ha! I've had nights like that--I always think I should have just gotten up and done something productive since I didn't get any sleep anyway! You sure were chipper on Friday--I guess it was that pot of coffee???


Veronica said...

Just found your blog through the comment you left at Kelly (Chemopalooza)'s blog......skimmed your blog - what kind of cancer does your husband have? My husband had Lymphoma. I'm so sorry to see you're having to cope with not only your husband's cancer but your dad's too. You sound strong and have a wonderful family - wishing you all the very best for the future...........xx