It's 11:30pm, I've been asleep for a grand total of 90 minutes, but I can't ignore the cries. He's up, and he doesn't really go to sleep again until 5:30am. I hit the light on the clock and think, "Ok, another 90 minutes of sleep before Kaitlyn gets up...." But it only seems like minutes until I hear little feet running down the hall. I lift my head and a pounding hammer somewhere in there rhythmically reminds me this is the second all-nighter I've pulled.
I try to keep a normal routine for Kaitlyn, so I sit her down on the couch, wrap her up like a taco, and turn on Thomas and Friends while I stand under burning water. Honestly, I can't remember if I washed or not.
Rain falls in a heavy mist, visibility is 1/4 mile at best, then I open the blinds and to my surprise, the weather is much the same outside too. Eventually a gnawing hunger in my stomach brings me downstairs for some oatmeal and a pot of coffee...yes, a pot. I stare helplessly into my cup, oblivious to the world around me, and as I begin to regain consciousness, I realize there's something staring back at me. For some reason, a nerve fires in my brain and I think, "Hey, that would make a cool photo...if only I could remember where the SD card is."
Thankfully, this stage only lasts for a month or so. I confess this is not my strong suit. Joy copes much better than I do, after all, she's been up for 4 days straight now. I marvel at her commitment and ability to maintain a positive attitude...and some sense of coherency. Until this wears off, I suppose I'll continue finding strange things inside my morning cup of coffee.