I've always been a "glass is half full" kind of girl. Actually, I usually think that if you squint your eyes a little and tilt your head, the glass is usually 3/4 full.
But, lack of sleep has been testing this die-hard optimist. So I decided to challenge myself. I am going to think of the upside of sleep deprivation.
1. Bonding time with Veronica - It seems that every hard thing about adoption is portrayed as a great chance for bonding. I am still hoping I can have more daytime bonding and less nighttime bonding.
2. I get to see more sunrises and sunsets - in the same day.
3. Its easier to hear the storm sirens go off if Ben or I are already awake. That happened last night shortly after we finally got Veronica to sleep.
4. My pace on the treadmill has increased. - I get up earlier than the rest of the family so I can exercise in the basement before the busyness of the day takes all my time. When I hear a whimper on the baby monitor, I know it is just a short matter of time before there is full fledged screaming and I better pick up my pace before she fully wakes up.
5. Lots of time to think over tomorrow's to-do list, mentally redecorate my house, plan the weekly menu, plot my next novel...
6. I have gotten very good at walking through my house in the dark. Maybe it can be my superhero power.
7. My mom gives great pity. - I can always count on her to give me "you poor thing" sympathy and this definitely earns it.
8. I get the chance to appreciate and love my husband more when he volunteers to help Veronica in the middle of the night.
9. What is the point of having a baby monitor if you aren't going to use it? I feel like I am getting my money's worth out of this one.
10. Sometimes I need a good reminder that I don't have the strength to do everything on my own. At 4:00 AM, after a couple hours of comforting my child, I have no choice but to lean on God to get me through it.