Rites of Passage as a Parent: Sleepless Nights

I haven’t written a post in a while because I gave birth to our baby girl 4 weeks ago. I am spending my days sleepy and nights awake.   this got me to thinking about the one thing on my mind these days : sleep. Sleepless nights are a rite of passage that parents must go through. It’s our initiation into parenthood and a bond that unites all parents, new and old.

We already have a 2-1/2 year old and thought we were past the sleepless nights phase since our son sleeps an average of 11 hours a night and naps 2-3 hours a day. When we decided to have another child we agreed that there would be long nights without sleep and that it would all be worth it in the end. I can say this now, being that we are in the middle of the sleepless nights phase, that it is not as easy as I remember it being.

I think perhaps, we blocked out all the miserably exhausting nights and back aches from sleeping in awkward positions; the constant diaper changes;and  the average of four wardrobe changes a day due to spit up. I think we blocked out all of the negative aspects of a newborn baby because we wanted another child and a sibling for our son ( and maybe we didn’t want to admit how hard it would be with a newborn).

I will give advice to all out there, the same advice that I would love to hear in return, which is that this shall pass. There is a light at the end of the tunnel; in this case being sleep. Remember that the baby is not out to get you by terrorising you with sleep deprivation. Sleepless nights are a rite of passage for us parents so take them in like  the warrior that you are and remember they won’t be newborns for long. =)


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