Editor's Note: Misty Showalter is a segment producer on Raising America. She's the redhead in the monitor, standing in for one of the guests during rehearsals. A long-time special projects producer, she is responsible for the show's long form pieces.
"It's 3 a.m. I must be lonely". That song was going through my head one morning at 2:46 when my one-year-old son gave us his fifth early-morning wake up call of the week. My husband and I have a deal – since I have to wake up these days at 5 a.m., he gets the middle of the night wakings. So he dutifully trudged off to take care of our son as I tried to ignore the crying on the baby monitor, which I’m sure any mom can tell you is nearly impossible. (Dads, don’t get upset. I know you hear the crying too. It’s just that sometimes it seems easier for you to ignore.
The inevitable happened though. My 3-year-old daughter started screaming. She’d wet the bed. "She did that on purpose," my husband grumbled. She’s still getting used to not being the center of our attention, so it's possible she purposely didn't alert us to her need to use the potty. At least it feels that way in the wee hours. Ha! Wee. I cleaned her up and put her back to bed.
So as I’m lying there trying to fall back to sleep, that 3 a.m. song started playing in my head.
I started asking myself, "Who sang that song? Goo Goo Dolls? No. Semi-Sonic? Wait, is there a Semi-Sonic? It’s that Rob guy…"
Then my mind turned to how our rehearsals are going. Guys, you have one committed, creative group of people working to put this show on the air. And I know I’m not the only one lying awake at night thinking about our rehearsals.
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"How are we going to fix the top of the show? When should we move Kyra to the couch? Do I have everything I need for Thing 2’s birthday? I can’t believe he nearly walked today! He was so cute. Will Thing 1 ever stop eating chicken nuggets? We need to get more fish. When am I going grocery shopping? I don’t participate in our social media enough. I need to write a blog. Maybe I should blog about this!"
Somewhere between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. when my alarm went off, I got about a half hour of sleep and managed to write this blog in my head. How’d I do?