If you are a professional mommy, you will know what I am talking about. If you are a soon to be mommy, get ready for this!
Before kids, I could never fall asleep anywhere except in my own bed. Now that I have a few kids, I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat. It's not any ordinary sleep though. It's mommy sleep. It's the kind of sleep where you are asleep but you can still tell exactly who is where and what they are doing.
It completely freaks my daughter (4) out. She will sit and watch her shows while mommy naps on the couch, eyeing me to make sure I'm asleep. After she thinks it's safe I hear her creep to the pantry and grab a juicebox. That sound and action are ok with me so I remain asleep. Once I hear the slurping that means she's hit the bottom of the box, I immediately jump awake and tell her to throw the juicebox away. You should see the face I get. Pure astonishment and surprise. It's great!
I can even referee fights while asleep. I was sitting on the couch and something about Noggin makes me feel sleepy. That and the fact I was up most of the night patting bottoms and cleaning sheets. Anyway, I heard my son start to cry and of course that will wake you up. I immediately sent my daughter to time out because she had pushed him. She asked me how I knew and I told her I heard her do it. Again, I saw the look of amazement and a little glimmer of admiration for my sleeping skills.
It's great to be a mommy!