The past few nights I have been blessed (she said sarcastically) with the dreaded joint pains, restless leg syndrome, and hormonal temperature imbalance that often comes along with pregnancy. There is nothing more betraying than your body depriving you of sleep. I thought perhaps if I kept saying the mantra “go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep” my body would eventually say “hey, I should probably go to sleep,” but NO! I tossed, I turned, I poked my husband in the back every time he snored out of pure frustration, but nothing seemed to work, so I decided that if I was going to be wide awake at an ungodly hour I better take full advantage of my time.
Here are 5 things that I do, and you can do too, with your time when the pregnancy clock strikes:
- Clean out your Gmail inbox: Let me preface that I am often tidy when it comes to my primary email inbox, but I admittedly fail to review my junk, social, and promotion folders as often as I should. The count of 10 unread emails will suddenly escalate to 165 without a moments notice and my anxiety kicks in. I do not and will not have that little red circle which encapsulates my inability to read all of my emails taunt me. What a nasty little booger! So, when you lay wide-eyed, staring at the ceiling of your dark bedroom, pull out your Gmail account and start deleting. Show that red icon who’s boss!
- Pin a “crock” ton of crockpot recipes for when baby arrives: During one of my sleepless nights I started to think about my two-year-old, newborn, husband, and job, and I wondered to myself how in the heck am I going to have time to make dinner, make sure my son and husband feel extra loved, ensure the baby is full, dry, and well snuggled, and my job is done and done well? Meal prep! That’s what I am going to do. I have gone on multiple Pinterest rampages, where I have liked all of the “crack chicken” and baked ziti crockpot recipes I can find. I’m sure my followers question my sanity and if I really need 23 chili recipes. It doesn’t hurt to prep and create a crockpot focused Pinterest board.
- Get a leg up on the work day: I have a full time job during the week, so there is always work to be done. Now, I’ve learned my lesson, when I say get a leg up on work that does not include sending emails to your boss, colleagues, and clients in the middle of the night. I have been addressed in the past about an email that was received with a time stamp of 4:13 a.m. I could have easily said, “I’m sorry, I have pregnancy insomnia,” but no I was ashamed and insisted their email was acting out and perhaps they should restart their computer and refresh. With all of this said, I do make lists, work on email campaigns, social media, and other tasks that don’t need to be emailed right away or at least during an unsavory hour of the night.
- Journal like a 12 year-old pre-teen: After the new year I bought myself a journal. Now, I haven’t journaled since I was a pre-teen. I was previously accustomed to a dairy with a voice command password, you know, something like Swimgirl52. So, having purchased a “big girl” journal is what I would like to consider a major step in my life. Since the day I purchased this grownup journal I have dedicated a page to each day of the week. I write down, in bullet point fashion, what has happened, how did Rorie do that day, how is the baby developing, etc. I am essentially listing out my day. By creating these daily recaps, I can thoughtfully reflect on my day and move onto the next day without a worry or concern of what took place.
- Catch up on that Netflix documentary you’ve been meaning to watch: We live in an age where we can watch anything we want from a number of devices. The amount of content available is out of this world. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not watching Trollhunters, Zootopia, or Justin Time on Netflix, I take note of shows that I would like to watch that don’t involve animation. If it’s one of those nights when there is absolutely no chance of going back to sleep, I will pull out my phone or laptop, Boppy pregnancy pillow, and enjoy a Netflix original series or documentary. It can be so refreshing, because I’m pretty sure I can recite Zootopia forward and backwards. Should I be proud of that?
These are only just a few of the things I do when my internal clock goes askew. The list goes on and on. As a mother with a toddler, a wife, a full time employee, and 32 weeks pregnant, I’ve recognize time is precious. So, instead of cursing and thrashing my body in a toddler-like tantrum, I better be super productive.
What are some of the things you do when your body just won’t let you sleep?