Sleep, you're the real MVP
It's 4:47 am CST. I've been up for about twenty minutes with Whitney as she breastfeeds our milk monster. Since I'm not just going to stare at her in the face, I did some light house cleaning. This is the norm as of late. Before I left work to spend time with baby Parker all I heard was "say goodbye to your sleep." Honestly, I was getting tired of hearing it. It was almost like that's the ONLY thing people could/would associate with parenthood. I found myself brushing people off when they'd mention that statement, or just reply with "We'll be alright", like we were going to be exempt from the pool of parents before us.
"I haven't had a good night sleep since I was six months pregnant"
That's when I slowly started to take things a bit more serious. But you know what, there was a light at the end of that sleepless tunnel, I called it RELATIVES! I can't tell you how strong my nap game has been. I mean, I'm taking them EVERY chance I get. Oh, you wanna hold Parker, BOOM, 15 minutes right there. Grandma wants to stop by, BOOM, I can EASILY stretch that out to 45 minutes of uninterrupted sleep. Don't even get me started on out of town visitors. We're talking an hour, MINIMUM. So, taking a nap when baby takes a nap is cool, but taking a nap when family is around is even better. Momma's gotta breastfeed....AGAIN, I can get another 30 right there, and I'm talking each boob!
It's true, your sleep cycle will never be like it was. I've accepted that. But man look, listening to the sounds she makes as she stretches that little body, and cracking a smile here and there makes up for a lot of it. I don't know what I'll tell people when they tell me they're pregnant. I just hope the first thing that comes out of my mouth isn't, "Say goodbye to your sleep" because there is so much more you can tell new parents. We're already scared about what's going to happen, and if you're a person who truly VALUES your sleep, that's like the biggest of gut checks. Tell them, "You're gonna love it" or "Welcome to the club". Don't be a douche and smash their dreams of a solid 8 for the rest of their life. Let them come to you and be like, "Yo, why didn't you tell me I'd never sleep again?" Simply reply, I didn't want to ruin the experience! There's no winners or losers on this one; the score is still the same P.
I've got a nap lined up, grandma is coming over!!!