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My nightly routine used to look like this: shower, get ready for bed, turn off the lights, settle into bed, then think or worry or wonder. Most nights, Hun and I used to have sex, no matter the hour we actually went to bed.
Then, I got pregnant. More evenings than not, I would unknowingly fall asleep on the couch for a bit. Maybe I slept for 30 minutes, maybe an hour, maybe 3 hours. I couldn’t predict this occurrence, it just happened. Nonetheless, my pre-pregnancy nightly routine didn’t really change. But, instead of nightly sex, we cuddled and talked to baby-to-be. Later in pregnancy, of course, I had to get up multiple times a night just to urinate.
Baby came and I couldn’t not sleep. After a few weeks of settling into being new parents, I started returning to my pre-baby, pre-pregnancy sleep issues. I thought this would go on. Nope, seems that was only a result of me settling into no longer working full-time outside of the home, along with being a new mommy.
But now, shortly after settling into bed, off I go to dream-land. Yeah, occasionally I may be up for a few minutes thinking about the to-do lists or worrying about something. More likely than not though, I’m asleep. In those few minutes before dream-land takes over, hearing Baby softly breathing and snuggling with Hun are the best moments I could ask for.
It’s those moments, right before sleep, which erase any struggles or frustrations of the day. It’s those precious few moments, when I know all is well with our little family and I can fully feel the love flowing without even a bit of restraint.