2:04 a.m. -- Elegant wakes me up with a whispered request. I mumble a sleepy response and send her on her way. It is accepted protocol in Jenworld that I do not get out of bed at night for anything less than a sick child, one who has wet her bed, or one who is seriously scared. Otherwise, long after the child in question is asleep again, I'll be awake for a minimum of two hours. Sleep is necessary for mothers and, at times, a precious commodity.
2:08 a.m. -- I get up and walk across the hall to tell Elegant that she may not read in the middle of the night. I tuck her in and kiss her.
2:43 a.m. -- I am downstairs in front of the computer, emailing one of my brothers.
Who needs sleep?
[Updated at 7:54 a.m.: And ... we seriously overslept this morning because I am the family alarm clock.]