Sleep deprivation is nothing to shake a stick at. Every new mom knows what I'm talking about. There are weeks and, for some of us, months (years?) where sleep is so few and far between we start to feel like walking zombies. Newborn babies are demanding little people but they can't help it. The only world they know is the safe and sound version from the inside of mama. Warm, cozy and with familiar comforting sounds. When they arrive earth side, they don't know about our rules for sleeping. They only know and seek out comfort. And that means being near or touching their mamas 24 hours a day. That wasn't just me, right?!
Sleep deprivation can lead to many other problems for adults. Irritability, anxiety and even stress related illness. So having a plan for bringing home baby, so that you and your spouse are well rested, can be one of the most important plans you make. When I was pregnant with my first, people told me that the laundry can wait. They said the dishes could, too. They told me to sleep when baby sleeps. And that is exactly what I did with my first and I was definitely healthier because of it.
But what do you do when you have a second baby? You can't exactly sleep with a toddler running around, right? Right. So for the first few months with my second, I went to bed almost every night when the kids did. I called on friends and family to help by coming over to hold the baby while I showered or napped with my toddler. It was a patchwork plan for sure. Some days it worked - others it didn't.
So I want to know from you... Did you get enough rest with a new baby in the house? How did you do it? If you didn't get enough rest, when did it get better for you?
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