All I Want for Christmas and in the New Year; Sarah's Wishlist

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As we are preparing for the Christmas Season I have been encouraging my kids to sit down, really think about what they would like for Christmas and write a letter to Santa. Then Ashley asked us if we would write our own lists out. I thought, I should really take my own advice and sit down and think about what I REALLY want. And, well, this is what I have come up with.

1. To sit down and read an actual, physical book. Why do I have to be so specific? I have been in a book club for a few years now but always listen to them on Audible. I have not been able to create the time to sit and read. I’m usually listening while I’m driving, cooking or running. And while I do enjoy it, there really is nothing better than being curled up with a good book.

2. To be able to go to the bathroom alone. This one should be a given, but for all of you parents, you understand the extreme glory of getting to sit down on the toilet, do your business, wash your hands, and walk out of the bathroom on your own. For me, it doesn’t happen. My current state is trying to pee while preventing the baby from eating toilet paper, or garbage, or telling one of my girls to not pick him up. Motherhood... it’s a glamourous time.

3. To sleep in past 8 a.m. There’s that, but then to also wake up to not having to do anything right away. As in, the kids are already fed, the kitchen is tidied up, coffee is made, and the house is calm. I may be asking for a little too much here, but Christmas is a magical time, so I may as well throw it out there.

4. Speaking of asking for a bit much, this next request, which is probably the one I want the most, but is probably the most unlikely, is for my children to go to bed calmly, easily and with no fighting. Now, I’m not being unrealistic and asking for every night (although Santa, if you could work your magic I would be an angel next year). But having this happen even 4 out of 7 nights a week would feel like a dream. Seriously, why do kids fight sleep so much? Especially when they are tired! I dream of nights (well, I pretend to dream as I don’t sleep enough to actually) where we read and snuggle and they fall asleep lovingly in my arms, but my reality is jumping on the bed, doing handstands, summersaults, tuck jumps and headstands, pushing each other, yelling, not even attempting to close their eyes... you get the point.

5. To sleep through the night... a solid nine hours. I will even say I would be OK for me to wake up to pee once (as long as it’s alone). But to get a decent night of sleep would be amazing. Actually, at this point I would be happy with a solid six hours. And to throw in the hail Mary, to wake up without my boobs being super sore from not nursing the baby all night. But to be honest, my life is busy. I have a lot on my plate and I would be able to cope so much better if I was rested. I won’t even say well-rested, as that seems unachievable at this point in my life. I am a better mom, wife, friend, and employee when I get sleep. My parenting is dramatically improved and I have that extra energy to actually do something for myself. So yes, this is a big one Santa!

6. And finally, the last thing on my Christmas list, is to go a whole day without the kids fighting with each other. I’m really asking for a miracle here, but I see the sweet, sensitive and kind souls that they are to most other people. To each other, they turn into UFC fighters when the bell goes off. But to put a positive spin on it, their accuracy is pretty impressive (my parenting 0, their fighting skill 1) #mombrag.

Here is my list for 2017 and into the New Year. I feel that it may be in line with many other parents. I do feel that my husband is at a clear disadvantage as there is actually not one physical item on this list. But this momma is exhausted and a little bit of relief would go a long way!

Sarah Byrne