The Worst Night Ever
We’ve now had our worst night ever with our son. Or so I’m told….I slept through most of it.
You see, we are now alternating nights/mornings with Baby MPB. This allows one of us to get some sound sleep while the other one does the middle of the night wake-ups, if there are any. And this is working much better then the system we were using about a month ago when I was up every single day for all the night-time wake ups and morning shifts. (I had become a walking zombie and it got so bad that I was actually excited for my surgery and hospital stay so that I could sleep. And ill admit a really horrible part of my is almost glad Mr. MPB had to suffer through a sleepless night).
In addition to our new system, we have also fallen into a really good groove with Baby MPB (and please don’t shoot me for saying this) – Baby MPB sleeps from 7pm until about 5am. We wake him up to feed between 10pm and 11pm and he goes right back to sleep until 5am. On really good mornings he sleeps until about 6:30am. On not so good mornings he starts to stir around 4:30am. So, I know we are fortunate in the world of baby sleep – really fortunate in fact.
Well, back to the other night, it was Mr. MPB’s night and evidently the normal extended nighttime sleep didn’t happen. Evidently Baby MPB was up every 30-60 minutes. It was the night of his vaccinations which seems to have thrown him off.
Anyways, clearly Mr. MPB didn’t get much sleep and had a rough night.
But, for the record, I’ll point out that I also woke up multiple times through the night too – it’s hard to sleep through the cries of an upset baby. I tried to offer some suggestions (which were not welcomed at all so I stopped) and at one point I got up to sooth Baby MPB as Mr. MPB was fast asleep from being up so much all night long. But, I also knew that the next day I was on the road with work which required me to run a public meeting and drive 6 hours. And I’m always very nervous of driving that many hours in a day without sufficient sleep, so I didn’t offer to stay up and take over for the rest of the night. And nor did Mr. MPB ask me to.
I guess, my entire point here is that I tried to help for better or worse. And it appears that my help was not welcomed or appreciated. So now our house consists of an exhausted Mr. MPB and a tired Mrs. MPB, and a happy Baby MPB (who should be tired).
And to make matters worse, because I am heading out on the road for work all day I’m very nervous about how I’ll manage without a good night’s sleep. And at the same time I’m worried about how an exhausted Mr. MPB will manage the evening without my help or the nanny’s help.
I really am starting to think that sleep deprivation is the hardest part of being a new parent. Honestly, I had no idea people could actually function off so little sleep. And I have the upmost respect for parents who are functioning off this little sleep all the time, you truly are amazing!
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