BABY WON’T SLEEP
Artist Darren Trebilco
Sleeping like a baby. Whoever came up with that phrase either had very little experience with babies or they were a sadist wanting to set up unsuspecting newbies with unrealistic expectations, just to mess with their heads.
For us, sleeping like a baby has meant 40 minutes max during the day (she’s a “cat napper” apparently) and even that took a hell of a lot of work to achieve. Then, at night, being kept constantly on our toes as her sleep patterns changed regularly. Colds. Digestion. Teething. Nightmares. Planetary alignments? The angle you were holding your tongue when putting her to sleep?! Why won’t this baby just sleep?!?!
My wife and I have been doing our sleep deprived, slightly delirious dance in a circle around our beloved little one for quite a while now. Sometimes we feel like ships passing in the night…Tag! You’re it! Your turn to spend time with her, my turn to catch up on some sleep. My turn to get some work done, you’re turn to feed her. Family time? Awesome. Can we just lie on the deck for a bit and let her treat us like human climbing frames? Yeah, that sounds good. “Daddy down!”
Truthfully though, as much as we’d kill for a good 8 hours sleep, or 10, or 24 given the opportunity, in many ways, we’ve never been so happy. Watching her and helping her learn and grow together is more worthwhile than any other way we have spent our time previously. She has shown us how much stronger we are and how much more love we are capable of than we ever thought possible. Seriously, parents are unsung super heroes. Would we like more sleep? Yes. Would we take it at a cost to her? Never.
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