7/6/11

Perfect Hair and Perfect Sleep

Lately, I've found that getting a full night of sleep is very similar to having a good hair day.

What does that mean?

Well, there are some mornings when I wake up, put my feet on the carpet for the first time that day and start going through my morning routine.

With sleep still in my eyes I stumble into the bathroom and hop into the shower. I wash my hair with shampoo and then put a bit of conditioner in it.

Once I am done with my shower, I blow dry my hair like always and 9 times out of 10 I will straighten it. There are times when I curl it, but I prefer my hair straight so most days it's a straightener kind of day.

I will then put on my make up, pick out the outfit for the day, get dressed and look in the mirror.

Now, this is where it gets interesting. Some days, very few days, I will look in the mirror and stop and think, "whoa".

And it will be because I'm having the best hair day ever.

As I'm looking in the mirror I will recount every last step I did that morning, down to the simplest details, trying to figure out what caused this normally mundane hair to turn out so beautifully.

You know what I'm talking about. An EXCEPTIONAL hair day is few and far between and must be treasured when it is here.

As I retrace my morning process in my head I will realize I did everything just as I normally did. No new steps, no new hair products. I will have no idea what happened to create this wonderful hair day.

I feel a bit disappointed but maintain hope that the next morning I can somehow recreate this EXCEPTIONAL hair.

So, the next morning, when I wake up and put my feet on the carpet for the day, I will try and remember every.single.thing. I did the day before to ensure a beautiful head of hair.

I will try and wash it the exact same length of time, I will try and put the exact same amount of conditioner in it that I put in it the day before. 1 tablespoon or two? I get very technical when trying to master the ingredients to a good hair day.

I even try and estimate how much time lapsed between me blow drying my hair and putting the straightener on it. Did my hair cool down completely. Did that create some sort of scientific formula that allowed my hair to lay oh so perfectly?

However despite my hardest efforts there is nothing I can do to repeat the perfect hair day. In fact some days, when I try my hardest to repeat all the steps to ensure a good hair day, it will end up being a horrible hair day.

Go figure.

So how does this relate to Eli sleeping?

Well there are some mornings, where I wake up around 6:30 or 7:00, feeling completely refreshed and then it hits me.

BABY BOY SLEPT ALL NIGHT.

It's just about the best feeling in the world.

When I wake up feeling all refreshed I picture myself as a Disney princess, gracefully waking up, stretching my arms above my head, with pristine makeup on my face and beautiful cascading hair down my back while birds chirp outside my window and I break out into song about what the day holds.

If you've lived on few hours of sleep for severals nights in a row you understand what I mean.

So in similar fashion to repeating my good hair day, I will try and recount every step I took to make Eli sleep an entire night.

What time did I last feed him?

Did I kiss him on his right cheek or left?

Did Luke lay him down in the crib or did I?

I want to follow every single step to ensure a full night's rest once again.

I need to perfect the best recipe for a good night's sleep.

That night when Eli's bedtime sneaks up on us I will try as best as I can do repeat the exact same steps as the night before.

I will do everything the same as the night before, down to the smallest details.

And then when he wakes up at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and so on, I consider the recipe a FLOP.

I'm currently still working on perfecting both recipes.

If I can somehow achieve a perfect hair day on the same night Eli sleeps all night I will consider it a personal victory.

Heck, I consider showering once a day a personal victory these days.

15 comments:

Robin @ our semi organic life said...

I'm pretty sure my best hair days are after I've drank a lot of water the day before - hydration makes a huge difference in skin & hair. Not sure about the babe though, good luck!

Michelle said...

Hahaha, this is hilarious!! I can so relate....except not to the baby sleeping part, cause I don't have a baby! But I can totally relate to the hair part and your humor! Love it :)

Waiting for Bulgaria said...

My son didn't sleep through the night until he was 9 months old. :( I tried a lot methods but the bottom line is he needed to eat in order to grow. The pediatricians, yes plural, were very adamant about that. When you're getting woken up at 2:30 is it to eat or visit? If he's just playing then you're gonna have to be a tough mama. If he's truly hungry you might want to increase his daytime foods. I know it's so exhausting and frustrating. I felt like a zombie 90% of the time but it does pass. I would talk to your doctor and then your mom (my mom always had great advice). Sorry this is so long. Btw your hair always looks great.

Lindsay said...

I did this exact same thing last night! Monday night Hudson slept from midnight - 6:15 so last night I tried to do all the same things...didn't work! ha!

Mary De Bastos said...

this is the story of my life. My 5 month old has only slept through the night 4 times. period. I get an average of 3 hrs of sleep each night. I'm living on a nap. Every day is a bad hair day right now...

-Lauren said...

Great post. I love the relation of sleep and good hair!

Jessica said...

This is a great post! Guess there is so little in life we can truly control. I sometimes have days where I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I look vastly different than how I remember looking when I left the house in the morning. WHat has happened to my hair and makeup??? Always a fun surprise:)

Good luck with the sleep... and the hair!

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

THIS is hysterical. I used to be the same way. My daughter didn't sleep through the night consistently tills he was 11 months old. There were FOUR times prior to that where she did sleep all night through and just like you, I thought of EVERYTHING I did the night before, tried to repeat down to a science, even the nitty gritty (your which side of the cheek thing had me giggling)...but alas...no cigar. Kids are weird. And so is our hair, apparently. Totally feel you.

Jess said...

Hilarious!!!

I *heart* your way of looking at things, right down to the Disney princess vision.

Here's hoping you get a good hair day and a good night's sleep, in the same day, sometime soon.

At the very least, you can watch Big Brother After Dark during feedings, this year.

amanda said...

My son didn't sleep through the night until 11 months. I had a couple of those Disney princess moments and they were amazing. They're just gonna do what they're gonna do. I did read that it wasn't unusual for them to not sleep through the night until 18 months. Not that that's any consolation, but I found it helpful to remember when people would tell me their babies slept through the night at 2 weeks. Those kind of people just about made me lose my religion a time or two.

Madison's Mommy said...

OK....so, I totally get it about the hair...I could have writen the same post!! I totally think that my hair is bi-polar...or simply has a wicked sense of humor most days! You are so funny! I just know that Eli will be sleeping soundly through the night for good soon...I am a cup full kinda gal too!
XOXO

Danni said...

Can totally relate to this - a while ago, my four month old slept through the night 5 times in a week. I thought I'd figured out the recipe for sleeping through and was feeling pretty good. That was a month ago and things have gone downhill since - he's never done it again!! I think he has changed the recipe and not told me!! We'll get there and I'm sure you will too.... :)

Kirsten said...

Haha, I totally do that (picture myself as a Disney princess) as well when I wake up feeling refreshed! Glad you are getting some sleep!

Katie @ Modern-Day Family said...

last night chloe slept through the night for the first time! This morning I considered washing her PJ's she wore last night so that she could wear them tonight in an attempt to recreate the whole experience... I thought of you and this post :)

Dianna said...

Love this post!