The sleep off

Every weekend, I find myself completely exhausted. I’ve spent the whole week wrangling kids and I’m just pooped. And all I want to do is sleep in.

Apparently, my husband is also exhausted from his week of work because it never fails come Saturday and Sunday, we find ourselves in a “sleep off”.

I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. You wake up to the sound of lively unsupervised children terrorizing the house. Yet you stay in bed, pretending to be dead asleep, anxiously awaiting for the other parent to get up out of bed and take care of the kids so you can sleep in.

Sometimes, I get lucky and the kids will run into the room yelling “Daddy! Daddy! Get up! We want donuts!”. And he’s forced at their hand to get up out of bed while I pretend to be completely lifeless so I can catch a few more zzzzzz’s. Other times, I’m not so lucky.

It really is a skill you have to work hard to master, pretending to be asleep. You can’t make any movements to suggest that you might possibly be awake or it’s all over. No sounds or you’re screwed. TJ and I have had about 5 years of practice so we’ve gotten to be pretty good at it.

Sometimes on those weekend mornings when I’ve “lost” the sleep off, I’ll look at TJ and be like “Faker. I know you’re totally awake loser”. And I’ll see a little twinge of a smile to confirm but alas, he won the battle so I give him another hour or so before I send the kids in to jump on the bed. That’s fair, right?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009 2 Comments | Filed in Family, Kids, Quirky


  1. Janae says:
    December 13, 2009 @ 12:00 am

    That is so funny and so true! I win the sleep-off at our house most of the time, because if Daddy’s home, Mattie wants nothing to do with me!

  2. Jared says:
    December 13, 2009 @ 6:15 am

    I definitely understand. Augustine learned a few weeks ago that he could get out of bed and since he isn’t old enough to open the door he screams and knocks on the door until we go up there. Sarah spent 2 hours the other night just going in a putting him back in bed until he finally gave up.

    Oh, and congrats on the new baby and the move! My Aunt lives in Round Rock. And I am glad you have health insurance, that’s usually a positive thing to have with three little ones.

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