Mothers, not so much. In fact I think the say, "Old dogs can't learn new tricks." came from some mom trying to explain why she can not possibly do another shift change. The dh started a new job, which involves a very dramatic shift change. He went from sleeping 10 pm to 4 am to sleeping 10 am to 4 pm. Meanwhile I am supposed to keep my schedule and keep the kids quiet while he sleeps. Someone should probably have told him we have 9 kids. Actually, they have been incredibly good. I will tell you, you have no idea how good your kids truly are till you need them to be. Unfortunately, I don't sleep so well when hes not here. Apparently even *I* can't live on as little sleep as I am getting.
Its going something like this:
1-2am - Tries to sleep, takes about 30-45 min before I am out
2-3 am - Baby wants to nurse
3:30-4 am - 2 year old wakes up wanting a drink and needing a diaper change
4:30 am - Baby wants to nurse
5 am - 2 year old wants a drink and needs ANOTHER diaper change
5:15 - 5 year old starts yelling at his 4 year old brother in his sleep.
6 am - baby wants to nurse again
6:30 am the garbage truck rolls around
7 am I am finally bad to sleep, but I know I have to be up at 8 so I can shower and get done before the dh gets home to crash.
Then as I walk around all zombie like during the day while the kids have all this energy and get to take naps. We shifted their schedule over the last 2 weeks so they are staying up later so they can see daddy more when he is home. They have not noticed anything, no one has complained. But me, I am falling up the stairs, not down but up, because I am so tired I can't make my legs work the way they are supposed to.
Once we are on this schedule and back to "normal", what ever that is, we better never ever change again.