We’ve all shared the sleeping husband memes, but I’m here to confess. In my household, those husband memes are true…about me.
The saying shouldn’t be, “I sleep like a baby.” Let’s change it to “I sleep like my husband.”
In my defense, I sleep soundly from 11 p.m. until roughly 6 a.m., when I wake without an alarm and start my day before the rest of the house. My waking hours rarely include time for sitting or relaxation, so those seven hours are crucial to my functioning day after day.
When our children were babies, my husband was the one who heard them first and would wake up to give them a bottle or get them back to bed. Upon being discharged from the NICU, our daughter had to be fed every hour and a half, and my husband had to hold my phone alarm up to my ear to wake me.
Thinking of sleeping on my husband’s side of the bed today. Apparently, from that side, you don’t hear the kids wake up at night.
To this day, I rarely hear them if I’m sleeping. They share stories of me babbling to them or watching whatever was on my TV when I fell asleep. He still triages bad dreams, coughing, tummy aches, and whatever else our children awake with.
Don’t get me wrong, I do have some restless nights. It is generally my husband who has periods of sleeplessness, and I’m sure he’s envious of my ability to hit the pillow and stay asleep.
I tuck my littles in most nights and walk directly to my bedroom to wind down. I inevitably fall asleep watching the latest show I’m streaming.