Monday, January 21, 2008

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Before becoming a parent, there were many things I didn't realize. Here are a few:

1. You almost never sleep straight through the night again.

2. When people say, "Our baby sleeps through the night," this does not mean that from this point forward, the little wonder will go to sleep at a reasonable time (say, 7:30pm) and not wake up again until an also reasonable time (say, 7am). What it really means is that aside from the occasional illness, teething, developmental changes, travel disruptions, poopy diapers, full moon and bad hair days, the baby has a fairly regular sleep routine. "Fairly regular" being the key subjective phrase.

3. Until your child is some uncertain older age in the very distant future, sleep will always be an issue: she didn't nap, or she napped too long and won't go to sleep, or she won't go to sleep at night, or she falls asleep but wakes up during the night, or she wakes up way too early in the morning, or she'll only sleep in your bed, or with the door open or the door closed or the door half-open with the sound machine on medium high at the ocean waves setting, and on and on and on.

Can you tell we're going through a rough spell in the sleep department?!?!?!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From the time you become a mom until,,,,,,,,,,forever, you will have your sleep issues. It is inevitable. Whether your children are infants, toddlers, teenagers, young adults & finally new parents themselves. And sleep is so important for recovery. So, grab it where you can, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, close your eyes. Do that first, then do everything else that must get done.