I never realized I was at risk of becoming a zombie. Sure, becoming a graduate student has its risks: too much coffee, grading papers, insanely difficult requirements to earn a masters degree and PhD. Living near a college campus alone makes zombification a major risk factor. It is a scientific fact that many zombies seem to appear around college finals week. But this is not finals week. In fact, I am on summer break… and I am up at 6:30 a.m. on a Friday morning. Am I a zombie? Zombies do not need sleep because they are the walking dead. None of my limbs have fallen off but I do seem to be shuffling…
This is the very early start of day 4 of being a foster parent. The inability to sleep is not from too much coffee, or zombification… but the fact there is a new person in my house making sounds at random parts of the night. My hint that I am not a zombie is that my arms are sore from carrying a toddler (here called “DC”). To the best of my knowledge zombie’s do not feel minor muscle pain, but I am not a zombie expert.
Instead of a zombie, I am probably more like Spider-Man… with heightened senses because any sound out of the ordinary gets my attention. At 5:15 a.m., DC cried. I went to his bedroom. DC was asleep before I got there. It’s like 15-feet from our bedroom to his room. I went back to bed. At 5:30 a.m. DC cried. I went to his bedroom, again, and he was asleep before I got there. I went back to bed… and laid there… and now I am here… rambling.
When I am not caring for DC, or having quality time with my wife, I am studying for my comprehensive exam. However, lack of sleep is probably going to have a negative impact on something soon… unless I become a zombie. Even though zombies benefit from no health insurance costs… I just don’t want to become a zombie.
Any mothers or fathers out there have any advice? How did you avoid becoming a zombie while parenting? And if you did become a zombie, was zombification the correct choice? Would you recommend others to become zombies? And how did you keep your zombie arms from falling off while carrying a toddler?
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!