Spin Cycle: Prisoners

January 21, 2009 7:00 am

This week’s Spin Cycle is to write a poem. I’m not a poet, so bear with me. I’ve chosen to write about something near and dear to my heart, sleep.
While pregnant with Graham, people offered advice.
I didn’t give a damn, but I tried to be nice.

One coworker told me to keep the house loud
If I did, the kid could sleep through a mushroom cloud.

That one made sense so I followed his words.
We’d rock out and dance, it was rather absurd.

My beautiful kids could sleep through it all.
Through fireworks, sirens, more things I can’t recall.

One day my poor Graham went under the knife.
I had no idea how much that would change my life.

My former great sleeper was no longer so.
Every night at bedtime, a tantrum he’d throw.

He’d scream and fuss and fight sleep all night,
We knew that something just wasn’t right.

The doctors don’t know what’s causing the fuss,
We’re helpless since they threw us under the bus.

We’ve tried every option, exhausted them all,
I’ve even consulted my magic eight ball.

Three or four hours is all that he’ll sleep
So we tiptoe around, afraid to make a peep.

It has gotten so bad that I can’t even blog
The noise is too much, as is the dog.

My solution has been to go far away
By doing so, I hope that asleep he will stay.

Now the garage is my office, the skeeters do bite
But that’s where I’m banished to every night.

There is no more TV time or even a shower,
For fear we’ll wake Graham after only an hour.

The toilets can’t flush, because of the bellow,
Until morning the water just has to stay yellow.

The other night Jamie went pee in the yard,
Who knew raising kids would be so damn hard.



  1. K

    I wasn’t brave enough to write a poem.

    I liked yours. I really hope the sleep thing gets better soon. You can deal with almost anything if you just get a little sleep. I

  2. Michele

    Very nice but so sad!

    Since, I’ve been waking up at 2:30 every morning and dozing/reading/fretting until 5am I told JR I might as well come to your house. Then you could sleep and Graham and I could hang. If only we didn’t live so far apart, sigh.

    Micheles last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts

  3. Cat

    Oh my god, you’re totally living in a toddler tonsil prison. Wasn’t he supposed to get better after the surgery? What a nightmare! But on the bright side, soon you’ll be hallucinating enough that it’ll be like you’re getting drugs for free.

    Cats last blog post..Don’t Step On My Blue Suede…wait…

  4. Sammanthia

    Awww, honey, I hope things get better for you soon.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Free Fallin’

  5. Michelle

    Oh no…
    I’m so sorry. I was really hoping he’d be sleeping again by now. If you want a couple of good reads (that helped me when Peanut wasn’t sleeping) let me know…

    Michelles last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts

  6. WickedStepMom

    Hang in there, Casey! He will get better.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Giggly Bushes

  7. HeatherPride

    CLASSIC!! I love it. Been there. I feel for ya!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Butterflies Are Free (But Only Through the Age of Three)

  8. Sprite's Keeper

    Hate the fact that this is happening to you, but LOVE the poem! You did so well, Casey, are you sure you don’t think in rhyme? You’re linked!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..The Randomness of Being

  9. Keely

    Great poem! So sorry Graham hasn’t gotten over his sleep fear yet 🙁

    Keelys last blog post..Plus those clothes would look ridiculous on me: Random Tuesday Thoughts

  10. Jim

    It’s so rough when things like this happen, especially when it concerns sleep. I hope it clears up for you soon.

    That was good enough for both of us. I can skip the Spin Cycle this week now.

    Jims last blog post..Totally Ignoring the Inauguration…

  11. mrsbear

    You know I would never laugh at your misery, but when you include a line like “Until morning the water just has to stay yellow.” you can’t expect me to keep a straight face. I suppose it’s not a bad trade off to keep Graham asleep, as long as you don’t have to go #2 that is. 😉

    mrsbears last blog post..When You Can’t String Two Thoughts Together

  12. GreenJello

    Hoping you get some sleep soon!

    GreenJellos last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  13. Beth

    I think your poem was quite good. I bet your neighbors like it when Graham chooses the backyard instead of the bathroom to relieve himslef, too!

    Beths last blog post..HASAY Guest Post Today

  14. phhhst

    Loved your poem. Totally captured the plight you are going through while keeping it light hearted.

    Hope Graham’s sleep pattern returns to norml for you soon.

    phhhsts last blog post..Meme Me Interview

  15. Heather

    Has Super Nanny been called yet?
    I bet she has the answers so don’t fret!!!
    Great Spin!!!

    Heathers last blog post..A vacation NOT for the ass

  16. Becky

    Awesome poem! But I’m sorry about the sleep troubles. That can really drive you right to the brink.

    Beckys last blog post..Tiny Snow Things

  17. Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommy

    How brave of you to tackle the poem. You may have inspired me to give it a try…maybe.

    I hope Graham’s sleeping gets better with the tubes now!

    Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommys last blog post..(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: My Funny Spawn

  18. Krystal

    oooh honey i am so sorry for you!!!! as far as the toilets not being flushed – yeah, we have to do that at my house too because if not, Tiny Dancer wakes up – so what if we have stinky toilets in the morning – that is what bleach is for right?

    Krystals last blog post..Spin Cycle: Poetry

  19. Monica

    Wow. It must take so much energy on your part to be so quiet. That would suck. So do you think he’s not sleeping well because going through surgery freaked him out and when he sort of wakes up he can’t self soothe because he thinks he’s back in the OR? Of is something still not right with his tonsils? Poor, poor baby. I hope this gets resolved somehow soon. Even the fans and white noises don’t work. That’s bad Casey. Hope tonight is better. Now that Obama is president everything is you know. -Monica

  20. Leslie

    Oh no! I was hoping his sleeping issues had resolved themselves. What’s the deal? It doesn’t sound very good though so I hope it gets better soon.

    For what it’s worth, Dane is a super light sleeper. We even did the loud noise thing when he was a baby, but now a silent fart can wake him up. Maybe it’s the smell?

    Leslies last blog post..HASAY update week 13 – FLUSH

  21. Captain Dumbass

    Nice post, Dr. Seuss. Have you considered substance abuse? For yourself, not Graham.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..Untitled: Part 3

  22. Cape Cod Gal

    That was awesome! Aren’t you a talented gal!

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..Farewell to Cupcakes

  23. Lydia @ On The Verge

    What a great poem! Did you ever consider working for Hallmark? Hope the sleep situation gets better really soon!

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Happy 1st Birthday Baby!

  24. Meli

    Trying this again, that is a great post.
    I really hope that the sleep issues work themselves out soon for both your sakes.

    Melis last blog post..Spin Cycle: A poet, who me??

  25. Julie@Cool Mom Guide

    Okay, I’m seriously going to start this Spin Cycle thing. I’m also drinking a beer in your honor. Some day I’ll hug you. Then I’ll kick you and your hubby out of your house for a night and stay up with your kid so you can go to a hotel and sleep.

    Julie@Cool Mom Guides last blog post..Wordless Wednesday-Because He’s Adorable

  26. Toni

    You did a great job! I just keep waiting to stop by and see that everything is back to normal!!!

    Tonis last blog post..

  27. Kia (Good Enough Mama)

    Oh yes. I know that prison well. Except the under-the-knife part. Though I considered knifing myself, daily…

    Want me to come back to the prison to keep you company? You can be my bitch…after all, what are bloggy friends for?

    Kia (Good Enough Mama)s last blog post..Because Guru is a Nicer Word than “Freakishly Good At.”

  28. Kia (Good Enough Mama)

    Ahem. I must clarify that by “bitch” I meant slave in every sense of the word, except sexual. That would be creepy.

    Kia (Good Enough Mama)s last blog post..Because Guru is a Nicer Word than “Freakishly Good At.”

  29. FoN

    Awe…hang in there! You guys will sleep again someday. Poor little guy. Well, poor you too, but I’m sad he’s so scared.

    FoNs last blog post..The Legend of the February Flowers

  30. carrie

    Dude, that just sucks. It is amazing the things we do to TRY to keep our lives balanced with kids. I wish, really wish, I had the magic solution for the sleeping……………

    carries last blog post..Sensory Seeker – Spin Cycle

  31. Tina

    Ok. Peeing in the yard. Classic.


    Tinas last blog post..I Like to Capitalize My N in Nerd

  32. Jonny's Mommy (Lisa)

    I wasn’t brave enough to try the poem. . I remember being like this when Jonathan had ear infections. It was such a nightmare. I am so horrid when I am sleep-deprived. People just have to stay clear of me! Rawg!

  33. Shangrila

    Love the poem-very clever! So sorry to hear that Graham is still having a hard time sleeping. “Who knew raising kids would be so damn hard” says it all!

    Shangrilas last blog post..Spin Cycle-Rhyme Time

  34. Kirst

    Awwww my heart tugs for you luv! Hope it gets better soon. I’m still contemplating having another one. Eeeek!

    Kirsts last blog post..DJ Kirst lay dem funky rhymes down (fricky, fricky, fr… whateva!)

  35. bex

    wow! i’m so impressed! you’ve got mad rhyming skills yo! i can’t wait for the dy i read your blog and you announce that he is sleeping like he used to.

    bexs last blog post..Spin Cycle: Poem

  36. Katie

    Ah, I am familiar with the yellow water. We’ve thankfully never had to pee in the yard…yet. Ella is so thankful to be home that she napped from 10am until 4pm (when we woke her up) yesterday, and then again all night. It was like a present from God.

    Katies last blog post..So much fun, I broke my brain.

  37. cyndi

    Oh, poor Halves! I hope you can all get into a better groove soon, tho it doesn’t seem that the deprivation is harming your mad rhymin skills! Impressive 🙂

    cyndis last blog post..They came in by twosie, twosies

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