Losing sleep when having kids is a part of the whole parenting thing. And it's hard to not sleep and function and it's hard to understand what that does until you're a parent. We don't want to make it seem like we're not super grateful for our kids and the life we have with them. We love being parents! It's a wondrous and amazing thing we're fortunate enough to be able to do everyday. But, if we're being honest (like REALLY honest), there are a few things we miss about our life pre-kids.
For example, we miss our pre-kids waistline. And boobs. Those were pretty freaking awesome. We miss being able to just pick up and go somewhere without having to worry about childcare. You know what else we miss? Disposable income - we didn't appreciate that NEARLY enough when we had it. But the thing we miss the most, the thing we miss EVERY SINGLE DAY, is sleep. That's it. A full night of restful, uninterrupted sleep. We'd dream about it if we actually slept long enough to dream!
Have you ever wondered how much sleep you've missed out on since having kids? Well, if you have, there's actually a calculator now that can tell you approximately how tired you really are. You'll probably cry when you find out - we did.
Hillarys, a retailer in the UK that sells made-to-measure window treatments, came up with this ingenious (and awful) lost sleep calculator for parents. So we can feel bad and be consumed with regret? We're not sure. But all you do is input your child's age, and then add any additional children and their ages. Then hit calculate and prepare to weep.
For very scientific research, we gave it a shot. We entered the information for some of our kids - a 5 year old and a 9 year old. A few seconds later, and Hillarys was kind enough to tell us that since our first child was born a little over 9 years ago, we've lost approximately 6,660 hours of sleep.
That calculates to 278 days, or 9 months. NINE FULL MONTHS OF LOST SLEEP. Do you have any idea how productive we could be if we had gotten that nine months of sleep?! We love our kids. But lordy, that's a bit jarring. At least we know we're not alone in our sleep-deprived state. We raise our fifth cup of coffee to you, fellow parents!