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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blog Anniversary Week - Sleep Is for the Weak

One of my absolute favorite things to do is sleep. I remember the glorious days of being able to sleep in, and even take nap whenever I pleased. The perfect night's sleep for me was going to bed around 10pm and waking up at 9am (pathetic, I know). Now, with an energetic, rambunctious 22 month old I look back on those days with fond memories. Nowadays I don't do much sleeping. If my son starts screaming at 7:00 in the morning I consider myself extremely lucky (at least it wasn't 4:30 like last night!). He also dictates when if I nap too, since he will only nap on top of me.
I was beginning to wonder if it was just me, or if my son was just extra difficult. Besides the sleeping issue, do other kids demand a certain color sippy cup before they'll drink out of it? Will they only eat with a certain spoon or a fork? Do they stand there and scream if you put the "wrong" outfit on them? I found my answer by reading Sleep Is for the Weak, and that answer is a definite YES.

Sleep Is for the Weak, edited by Rita Arens and published by Chicago Review Press, is a compilation of essays written by the best of the Mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more. The stories shared are humorous, sincere, straightforward and thought provoking. Best of all, they are comforting in that you know that you are definitely not alone. The writers all have a unique storytelling style, making the book interesting and to read. In some cases I was able to see issues from a different perspective, which I loved. One of my favorite parts of the book is from an essay by Amy Jo Jones of the blog Binkytown. She describes her sleepless nights of lying on the floor next to her son's crib trying to get him to go to sleep. She finally lays him down on the floor next to her and this is the sweet conversation that they have:

"Mama?" he said. He was still awake.
"Yes, baby. I'm right here."
"Hold hands?" he asked.
"Sure, baby. Let's hold hands."
He again wrapped his little fingers around my hand and with it, my heart.
I thought to myself, I would trade a lifetime of sleep for this.


The book is full of these stories, some endearing, others sarcastic, but all of them honest and true. Apart from some occasional profanity, I enjoyed every single one of them.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of Sleep Is for the Weak. To enter leave a comment on this post prior to Thursday, February 5th at Midnight. Please leave your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.

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84 comments :

  1. This sounds like a wonderful read. Such a great idea for a book.

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  2. that sound slike my life with aurora. i great to know that i'm not alone.

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  3. i realy like to read i'd love to win

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  4. This book would be a nice additional to a baby shower gift.

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  5. Awe... Thanks for the contest!

    jessnik79@yahoo.com

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  6. I'd love to read this. I tell my husband sleep is for the weak all the time when he asks me why do I get up at 6 in the morning if I don't have to. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  7. I would love to read this!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  8. Sis in law in a new mommy!
    This would be great for her.

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  9. Sounds good - count me in
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

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  10. Sounds great :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  11. I would love to read this book. I need a good laugh.

    engsjob@yahoo.com

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  12. would love to win this, thanks

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  13. This sounds like a great read! I'd like to read it and pass it down through my daughters (2 of whom have wee ones)

    Thanks so much!

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  14. I would love to give this to my daughter for Mother's Day as she is now a mother of a toddler. It should be good prep for the 2's. Thanks

    sc2466 at comcast dot net

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  15. Please enter me. Thanks.
    Heidi
    sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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  16. Thanks for the chance at a fun book.

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  17. Sounds like a fun read. I would love a chance to win.

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  18. I would love to win this book. Thanks for doing your giveaways. I appreciate it.

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  19. would love to win this book! yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Good for my daughter who just had a baby. lol Thanks for the contest.

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  21. My sister could really use this - her baby hates to sleep for some reason.

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  22. sounds good to me, between doctors office visits, and checking on a child with head injury I've not had enough sleep to count, I'd know someone could use it!

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  23. Please, enter me, great prize!!! I would love to win this.

    legab67156[at]gmail.com

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  24. would love to be entered.

    roro219708@yahoo.com

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  25. Looks like a good one. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  26. this sounds really great! thanks for the chance!
    christinbanda@yahoo.com

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  27. Please enter me into the contest.

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  28. Thank you for posting this information. I really appreciate it! Sounds like a book I should read!

    Great blog and giveway. I hope you have an awesome day! Thanks again ;-) Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

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  29. Sounds like a good book! wgbc1446@yahoo.com

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  30. This sounds like an excellent book for a baby shower.

    jwright (at) iowatelecom (dot) net

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  31. I would love the chance to win, thanks.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  32. What fun - someone in the same boat as me!

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  33. This sounds like a great book
    Thanks so much!

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  34. Sweet niblets!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  35. I love the title.
    And the book sounds great.

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  36. love this count me in!!!
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. This sounds like a great read! Thank you so much for the great contest!

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  39. This sounds like a wonderful read.
    Thanks!
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  40. I would like a few laughs about motherhood.

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  41. I have said this quote before, lol. I would like this book,Thanks. Godesseablu@msn.com

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  42. Would love to win this

    backflash_tuna@juno.com

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  43. Someone who feels the way I do about sleep. It's my favorite pasttime. My husbnad thinks its a waste of time but I love it. This book sounds good. rosans4@comcast.net

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  44. Boy do I miss sleep! Sounds like a really sweet book!

    vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

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  45. This book looks like such a good read!

    jballard[at]mail.usf.edu

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  46. Looks like a great read. thanks!

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  47. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  48. would love to win con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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  50. Please enter me~this would be a great book to read and add to my collection!

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  51. count me in please, thanks.

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  52. i would love to read this book... Thank you

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  53. This sounds like a wonderful read.

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  54. How fun. I bet a lot of it reads like my crazy family. Thank you.

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Ah to sleep perchance to dream is my day dream while I try to settle down my toddlers for their sleep time.

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  56. WHAT A WONDERFUL & HUMOUROUS READ!
    I LOVE THESE KIND OF BOOKS.
    SUCH A GREAT PICK ME UP ~WHEN YOUR FEELING OVER WHELMED BY EVERYTHING.

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  57. I subscribe & follow!

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  58. This sounds great! I'd love to read it!

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  59. Looks like a cool book! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  60. This sounds like an enjoyable read. I would love to win it. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  61. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

    ms.lilyk@gmail.com

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  62. This looks like an interesting book. Count me in.

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  63. I would love to read this book. Thanks.

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