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My baby is 11 weeks old now and lack of sleep is common. It’s better than it was the first couple of weeks, but it’s still there. The heavy eyelids, aching muscles, weary head, and the desire to just lie down all the time.
This weekend my husband was out of town for two days, and I had both kids by myself. It was a lot of work and I was tired. This is nothing new though. One of our friends offered to have my son over for a playdate one afternoon. The baby, miraculously, took a nap and so did I. That 1 1/2 hours of sleep made all the difference for me. I felt refreshed and rejuvenated.
Later that evening I broke one of my favorite plates – my grandmother’s french china, decorative plate that I only have two of — both hang on my kitchen wall. Well, only one does now. I accidentally knocked one off and it smashed into bits on the tile floor. For some reason, I was OK with this disaster. I quickly got a broom and dustpan and swept the pieces of my childhood up. I moved on to taking care of the kids and the rest of my evening in peace.
Had I not had that nap earlier in the day I know I would have lost if when that plate broke. It would have thrown me over the edge causing my stress-level to elevate even more. Beacause I was rested, I was able to deal with it and move on quickly.
Having a baby isn’t the only time we loose sleep. I think American’s don’t get enough sleep as it is, not just when we add babies, kids, work, school, extra activities to our already oversheculde lives. Think of how much better you could handle situations if you had more sleep. Tonight, try to get to bed early and see if it makes for a better tomorrow.