Whoever came up with the term “sleep like a baby” and references it to sleeping well is seriously misguided. It has been easier to adjust this time around to the lack of sleep as before we had A I had spent luxurious time sleeping steadily from 10:30-11:00 each night to 8:00-9:00 in the morning, and it was fabulous! I am glad I had that time to sleep in because I have never had it since! In the last month of my pregnancy with J I did not sleep well at all. Besides being up and down on a monthly basis with A because of his ear infections, I couldn’t sleep in general and got used to being up at odd hours. So the adjustment to having J wake up three or four times a night for feeding has not been that bad, and my husband and I have switched off getting up with J. Plus, with my husband home for the past two weeks I have been able to nap in the afternoon.
On Monday night we got the true introduction to newborn-hood. Up until now J has slept really well and ate really well at each feeding. Last night, J was up almost all night crying, wanted to eat every two hours, and hardly ate anything several times that we fed him. My husband went back to work today, and A woke up crying for Daddy. As my husband went out the door I looked at A who had already asked five times for “fruit loops with the marshmallows” that we did not have, and J was STILL AWAKE, and I thought…I’m going to need a lot of coffee today. And I know now that my inability to sleep the past month and a half was prepping for now. Because when A was a newborn right now I would be napping, however, I am updating my blog, trying to get a few things done, and rejoicing that in another hour my Mom will be here to take A on a play date with his cousin at their house and I can finally get a shower. And another cup of coffee. 🙂