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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sleep Like a Baby

Who coined this term, anyway?

Do they even know what babies sleep like?

We're one month out from delivering our fourth child, and I'm fully remembering what babies sleep like. Like every half hour needing food... or not sleeping at all.

I remember bringing home my first child, with him all wrapped up in blankets like a little burrito. We laid him in his cradle and smiled at him while he looked up at us, sucking on his pacifier. Then we turned out the light and climbed into bed. Why? Because we actually thought we'd sleep? Well, yeah... no one ever told us otherwise!

All night long. I was up ALL NIGHT LONG caring for that newborn infant who suddenly must've realized he wasn't swimming in his body-temperature little bubble anymore.

At least by my second, I was prepared for it. I set out movies and my laptop and books and made a fun night of it.

The worst is when people ask, "Is the baby sleeping through the night?" Um, hello? Have you ever been around a three-week old baby? Or they ask, "How's the baby sleeping?" Well... like a baby. Duh.

Maybe they meant to say, "Sleep like a toddler." But no. My toddler spends most nights climbing into bed with us and singing to herself while she counts her fingers.

It really should be, "Sleep like a tired mother." I can tell you all about that. And how well my 4-year-old babysits above-mentioned toddler when I'm sleeping. (Very, very well.)

Sleepless nights, here I come.

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5 comments:

Anthony Dutson said...

Teenagers are even heavier sleepers! I think, 'Sleeping like a teenager' is equivalent to a coma patient.

Aaron and Emily said...

I've always wondered about that same thing. Anthony's right, it should be sleep like a teenager!

Britney Gulbrandsen said...

This is SOOOO true. Finally someone addressed the obvious!

Librarian said...

No two babies are the same; my Mum always tells us how my sister, who is the firstborn, was such a "good" baby, sleeping through almost every night right from the start, whereas I was the complete opposite. She keeps saying that, if I had been the first child, I would have remained the only one!

Suzanne said...

I loved reading your post. It was so cute. I hope that everything goes well for you this last month.

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