Enough About The Mattress Already.


Bizzie Mommy is having a giveaway for a Sealy Posturepedic® Signature 11-Series innerspring mattress and she’s asked bloggers to blog about why they need a new mattress as a way of entering.

Well, my reason is simple.

We’ve been sleeping on an air mattress since Summer of 2008.

When we moved from Southern Illinois, we left our mattress behind because it didn’t fit in our UHAUL. We had both stayed up the night before moving trying to finish up around the house because once we hit the road, there was no turning back. The mattress should have been one of the first things to be packed. I don’t know what happened, you can’t really expect logic from two sleep deprived parents of a 4 month old.

Once we got settled, we bought an air mattress to sleep on until we could purchase a real mattress. As more and more financial obligations required our attention, purchasing that mattress got put on hold. One air mattress turned into three. Sleeping on an air mattress wasn’t that bad, as long as the bills were paid and Boogie was taken care of.

This isn’t an SOB story. I am not griping because we don’t have real mattress. One day we are going to look back and reminisce. Life is all about making sacrifices. All wishes aren’t granted at once. Good things certainly come to those who wait. We have a warm place to live, foods on the table, and we are all healthy. So what if we are sleeping on an air mattress. There are folks that have to sleep in dirt and on concrete out in extreme weather conditions.

I felt like I’ve told this story one time too many, only because it’s come up somehow. Now that I’ve blogged it, I plan to never mention it again. Ok, maybe I will; when we finally get that mattress and as a reminder to be grateful for the gifts given to us.

Edit: We didn’t win the giveaway, but we did FINALLY buy a new mattress!

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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  • Reply February 5, 2010


    This is the Sheena I know and love. Parenthood — and life in general — is all about sacrifices, isn’t it? Which is why my husband and I have been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for about a year. And we spent lots of days early in our marriage sleeping on an air mattress, and then a twin bed. Two grown folks. So I feel you, mama, and I hope you win that bed. And that you never have to tell that story again if you don’t want to :)

  • Reply February 5, 2010


    GOOD LUCK!!!!I hope you win! I can’t even imagine my old bones sleeping on an air mattress.

  • Reply February 5, 2010


    “The mattress should have been one of the first things to be packed.” – If we would’ve packed the mattress first, we would’ve had to sleep on the hard, cold, uncomfortable floor… with all the mice. Bet you wanna take that statement back now, huh? :-)

    • Reply February 5, 2010


      @Hubs, Ok whatever. Statement retracted…

      Now everybody knows we had mice, thanks!

      We’re letting it all hang out!

  • Reply February 4, 2010


    I remember you posting about the move. I really hope you win one. There is nothing like a good mattress :)

  • Reply February 4, 2010


    I sure hope you can win it because when you get to be my age and air mattress won’t cut it!

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