Monday, August 29, 2011

Up All Night

Up All Night, the new comedy series, starring Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett is about new parents trying to balance their home life, work life, and baby.  I know all about being up all night and trying to juggle personhood and parenthood. I fondly remember years of on demand nursing (a.k.a. breast-feeding) my two darling children, our family bed, immunizations, childhood diseases including the chicken pox they shared with me, and so on.  After the first five years of being a Mom, I completely forgot how to sleep through the night.

Being up all night has new meaning when your child is no longer that adorable infant or toddler. Chronologically adult children bring new reasons to be Up All Night.

* Up All Night is when your child is away at school during a hurricane.
* Up All Night is when your daughter has a date in a neighboring state with someone you don’t know at all.
* Up All Night is when your child is vacationing far from home with peers.
* Up All Night is when you hear the refrain within your maternal DNA that asks, “It’s ten o’clock; do you know where your children are,” and your don’t.

Although I’ve made some progress in the Not-Up-All-Night Department, I still have much to learn. My dear friend Tina has been trying to teach me that FEAR is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. There’s simply no good reason to worry unless there’s real reason to worry. Now doesn’t that sound easy? Of course it isn’t; but I am trying… one sleepless night at a time.


  1. I can completely sympathise, although I'm only in the first year of sleepless nights! It's a bit overwhelming to realise it goes on forever. Parenthood is so rewarding that it's worth it :)

  2. Very cute post! Yes, trusting not only that fear is an illusion, but that all is well because you did your job right :-)

  3. Can I post some of my books on your blog site or must they be "Well written erotica"?

  4. Do you write "well written erotica?" Books like Ann Rice's "Exit To Eden?" That's one of my favorites... much better than the movie version.

  5. I am not erotic and neither are my books. I'm too old!