I remember this one time during my sophomore year of college. I was pulling an all-nighter, cramming for my Western Civ midterm. I recall turning the pages of my heavily doodled notebook, doing my best to memorize the information I had highlighted on the each of the pages. I remember pausing to think about the future… and concluding that life would most certainly be much easier when I didn’t have the stress of college. No more exams, no more studying, no more textbooks, and arrogant professors, and internships, and deadlines and drama. And sleep! After college I’d be able to sleep any time I wanted–I’ll never be tired again, I remember thinking. Then I buried my face back into my notes and pressed on with newfound motivation from this “light at the end of the tunnel” epiphany. I laugh now when I look back at my naive prediction of what life would be like for future Ashley. If only college Ashley knew there would be even greater expectations and deadlines and pressure and responsibility when it became time to take on the real world. Because future Ashley (also known as Momma) hasn’t slept in 6 years. I pull different kinds of all-nighters these days. The kind that involve toddler night terrors, fever-watch, drinks of water, rubbing “growing pains,” pee pee accidents and diaper changes (yes we’re still in diapers). Also, parenthood has taught me that the only time to efficiently cross any task off one’s to-do list is after the kiddos have gone to bed. So naturally I stay up into the wee hours of the night packing lunches, writing blog posts, printing invitations for a church activity, and ya know, catching up on Scandal and Nashville. Then, before I know it, Scandal and Nashville has become Scandal, Nashville, Downton Abbey and The Good Wife. Needless to say, I’m a night owl. And about the furthest thing from a morning person that you’ll ever come across. I wake up in the morning with what feels like a brick on my face. I struggle to lift my head, throw my feet over the side of the bed and begin the morning “get-the-kids-ready-for-the-day” routine. I often catch a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror–wild bedhead and cowlicks in full force, residual mascara under my half open eyes and a pale, ghost-like color to my skin. In the morning I’m “scary Mommy”–and trust me, it’s not a pretty picture when scary Mommy drops you off at school.
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