Do you remember in college how much sleep you got? Especially during finals week? And what did you do to stay awake? I remember one particularly difficult week of finals (which was my own fault because I procrastinated a 50-page final paper that I knew about the entire semester) where I drank many bottles of some guarana energy drink called Bawlz. It didn’t taste too bad and came in a cool, blue bottle.
Anyway, on to motherhood where my final comes after completing a full term pregnancy, but at the beginning of being a parent. I don’t think that the lack of sleep has really hit me yet, but this time around, there’s now energy drink to get through it. Instead, it’s the experience that will help me stay awake: the time spent with the new little one, getting to know him, watching how much he’s changed in just a few days, and piling up the laundry when he pees through his clothes, the swaddle, and the sheet. Thankfully I don’t have to take this final alone. Group finals are better, even though you never really can split the work evenly.