Staying Awake with the Kids… or Not
Posted September 21, 2007on:
I had visitors yesterday afternoon at work. When one of them volunteered to buy some treats for snacks, I opted for coffee, instead of the usual soda or juice. I was hoping the caffeine fix would keep me awake long enough to put all the boys to sleep.
It took me 15 min tops to drive from my office to the boys’ bus stop to the house. I was feeling kinda re-charged. Yes, the caffeine was working. We had dinner, watched a few minutes of tv and had the usual chit-chat about school and stuff. Then Jake told me: “Ma, lets gowap (go up). I want to play cars.”
He usually says that when he’s feeling woozy and ready to sleep. So I felt glad that he was ready to doze off while I was still alert. I thought I should do some paperwork after he’s gone to bed. So up we went. The elder brothers stayed behind for a few more minutes.
While in the room, Jake didn’t show any signs of sleeping. He was actively racing his tiny cars on the bed and making those “vroom” sounds as I sat there happily watching him. All of a sudden, my eyelids became heavy. Uh-oh. I can’t believe the coffee was failing me! I heard Jake say: “Don’t sleep, Ma, please.” To which I answered: “I’m not sleeping yet Jake. I’m just closing my eyes.” Yeah right!
To cut the story short, I fell asleep. I didn’t even feel what time Kyle walked up to join me in the room (when Jerry’s out of town) nor when Matt followed. It was already 1245 am when I was jolted awake to find the 3 of them all squeezed on 1 bed and a couch.
To be honest about it, I didn’t feel good I didn’t have that much energy to spend a longer time with them…
Its a weekend… could you suggest a way to make up to my boys? 😀