You all are seriously awesome. After reading your responses yesterday, I formulated a plan.
First, we already had a body pillow, but we were using it as a bolster behind our pillows. J brought it out to the living room floor so that I could practice rolling over with it. I didn’t’ succeed, but I did confirm that it was comfy, so we decided it would make its way into the bed. And, while I couldn’t get a netty pot yesterday, I could get saline spray, something I had forgotten does help with my sinuses.
So last night, bedtime went more like this:
12:00: Go to bed (I admit to having a little anxiety about sleeping, so I stayed up late).
12:01: Kiss my wife, and snuggle up to the pillow.
12:02: Pass out like a drunk college student.
1:30: Wake up to pee (without sleeping on the toilet).
1:31: Go back to bed, look at clock, see that it’s my usual first pee time, snuggle up to my pillow, and pass out like a still-drunk college student.
2:00: Flip without pillow.
2:15: Flip back over because the pillow is so much better.
5:15: Become mildly aware that my wife is trying to steal my body pillow.
5:20: Flip, and relinquish the pillow.
5:30: Flip back over and reclaim the pillow. Realize I have to pee again, but ignore it because the pillow is so comfy, and peeing can wait.
7:30: Awaken for the day.
Now, it’s not a perfect night’s sleep, but that is a far cry better than previous nights. The pillow makes sleeping much easier, and as someone said, I found myself not wanting to flip because the pillow was comfier. Taking it with me was too much for my drowsy brain to comprehend, so a little break on my right side seemed to suffice, and I’d go right back to my left.
I do find it amusing that my wife tried to steal the pillow. I didn’t mind sharing for a few minutes though. If it becomes a habit, we might have to talk–or get her own, in which case, a king-sized bed may soon be in order too.
This morning is far better. I did have a cat step on my uterus, which was scary (luckily it was the small one, and only one paw, but still–yikes!). Otherwise, I’m much happier and far less worried about going to bed tonight, and I have all of you to thank for it.