All I Wanted Was a Sunday Afternoon Nap

I had just put the little guy down for his nap and my husband and daughter were vegging out watching a cartoon. My eyelids started to grow heavy and I knew in the back of my head that something was wrong. I never take naps. I always wake up cranky and anxious at all of the things I did not get done (that still need to get done), so I gave up on trying to nap a long time ago. Was I coming down with something?

I did not think about it all that much, assuming it was always possible I was coming down with something, but then the fatigue continued during the week. I was getting behind on my chores and I just could not get the “get up and go” that I usually have during the day. I was falling asleep during nap-time every afternoon and dragging a good portion of the day. That’s when the thought first crossed my mind, but my husband and I figured “it couldn’t be”. See where this is going?

We had been planning for a third child, then decided this summer that we needed to wait until next fall after we learned of his upcoming deployment. Since they are not given mid-tour leave now that they are shortening the length of deployments to 9 months, I wasn’t going to be pregnant, give birth and raise a newborn alone. And thanks to military life we are always far from buy zovirax ointment family, which complicates things. Although the kids would be further apart in age, it just made sense that we should wait.

Well if you have not already guessed, we found out a earlier this month that we are actually having that third baby while my husband is deployed. What should be only an exciting and joyous thing definitely comes with some mixed feelings. Can I survive the majority of my pregnancy alone while chasing two kiddos? Who is going to spoil this pregnant lady?! Please be an easy newborn. The thoughts, desires and concerns continue as I try to bring out my best Pollyanna.

Although some of my fatigue has improved this week and I am still dragging my feet, treading water in the cooking and housekeeping department, and long for the second trimester where most women usually feel their best during the nine months. Every pregnancy is so different and although I am “accustomed” to the occasional nausea I am not sure how to handle this extreme fatigue—is there some kind of food or supplement I can take to get some energy back? I am feeling desperate!

The good news is I have an excuse to expand my newborn cloth diaper collection, which I knew I wanted to do after only have a small newborn cloth diaper stash last time around. Now to decide if we want to find out the gender in a few months or be surprised, and meet my midwife tomorrow!

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. Congratulations. 100mg of B6 is worth a try to help with the fatigue. Always my worst symptom of pregnancy.

  2. Meghan V. says:


  3. Emi-

    I am so, so excited for you! Best of luck with the pregnancy- I know you can do it!


  4. EMI, CONGRATS!! I’m so excited for you! You’re going to do great–I wish I had a solution to your fatigue, I felt it the worst this time around as well. I think it’s b/c you’re now chasing 2 instead of 1, and cleaning up after 2 instead of 1. I’ll be praying for you! Love you!!

  5. Congrats to you. Haha, I learned a long time ago that babies can’t tell time and often come along when it’s inconvenient. I know that with your husband being deployed soon, your pregnancy and this new baby’s birth will come with a lot of mixed emotions. I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

  6. Many hugs to you, Emi! I am so excited!

  7. Trisha W. says:

    Congratulations. I pray for your husband to be returned home safely and for you to have the strength and patience to get through this time in your life. Please tell your husband that a family in Idaho thanks him for serving our country and for helping other countries out along the way. God Bless!

  8. Aww….Congratulations Emi and Jeff!!! Three is a Wonderful number!!! :c) We are happy to hear your news!

  9. Congrats!

  10. First: Congratulations! A new baby is definitely a reason to be excited! I can totally understand the worry of being alone during your pregnancy. My husband has been in training since January (26 week AIT–Ugh!) and I have been alone since month 6 of my pregnancy, including labor and delivery. Our little girl is 4 months old now. She had colic until about 12 weeks and has a terribly inconsistent sleeping pattern. The good news is I’M ALIVE! And so is she. You got this! 😉

    • Thank you! I know it will be hard, but I will find the strength and courage– and the examples of so many mothers who have already crossed this path are an inspiration!


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