I’m exhausted today. Bo has been waking multiple times a night to be fed for the past few days. Then, last night, Littleman woke once, asking for water (we’re trying to wean him off water at bedtime in an attempt to get away from nighttime diapers. He’s fully toilet trained during the day, but still gets pretty wet at night). On top of all those wake-ups, D is getting over a cold and snored all night long. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep last night.
This morning, I dragged myself out of bed and went for my final run before I attempt my first 5K race this weekend. As soon as I returned, Bo was ready for his morning nap so I took him upstairs to settle him down. As I was nursing him, I heard a text message arrive on my phone. I checked it and it was from D, who was downstairs. He had sent me this article: Why our breastfed babies and toddlers wake so frequently…
I read through the article and, let me just say, my husband is lucky that I was otherwise engaged. Otherwise, he would have gotten an earful!
The article starts out talking about how “sleep deprivation is the cruelest form of torture.” Yes, I agree. It’s bad, really bad. Then, though, it goes on to outline all the reasons why it’s good that babies wake up in the night to nurse.
I’m sure many, if not all, of the reasons are valid. I’m sure my baby benefits from being breastfed on demand, even if it means I’m tired. But, holy shit, I didn’t need to receive that info from my well-rested husband who snored his way through the night while I woke up multiple times with our kids!
Luckily, I stumbled across some excellent advice at the end of the article, which I quickly pointed out to him:
Leave the washing and dirty kitchen and go sleep when your child sleeps during the day, cancel your plans for the day and stay home to have a quiet day instead. Delay returning to work for as long as possible.
Sounds good to me… I’ll get right on that!