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My New Baby aka No Sleep

Posted by Jack Deus on August 8, 2008

I am writing this post one-handed, by just the light of my monitor, while sleep-deprived, so I apologize in advance if it is incoherant.

On July 31, 2008 my first child, Allison Ava Weiss, was born at 4:41am. She weighed 8 lbs 15 ozs and was 21.5 inches long. Both measurements are above the 90th percentile for newborns.

In the past week, I have been lucky if I’ve gotten 4-5 hours of sleep in a night, and not one night yet has those 4-5 hours been consequitive. But I am the lucky one. My wife has gotten maybe half that much sleep because she is the one that actually has to feed Allison in the middle of the night. As much as I love sleep (and those that know me know I really love sleep) I wouldn’t trade any of the moments with my daughter for more sleep. In the last three minutes as I’ve been writing this, she has made a happy face, a sad face, a scared faced, an O face, an Elvis-with-curled-lips face and a “what the heck is that smell?” face. And she did all that while sleeping in my arm. I don’t care how sleep-deprived you are, that is cute.

Being a parent of a newborn is one the most physically demanding things you can do, so let me give you a gew bits of advise.

1. Take some time off of work to get to know your baby. This also serves as a good time to learn/relearn how to take naps.

2. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Babies usually don’t sleep a lot at night, but they do sleep around 14-18 hours a day, so get your sleep when you can.

3. Take shifts at night. Last night my wife took care of the baby for the first part of the night, and when the baby woke up at 4:30 I took her out of the bedroom so my wife could get some sleep. I have had to stay awake holding the baby for the last 2 hours or so, but it has been worth it since my wife has been sleeping peacefully the whole time. One thing of note about the shifts: when it is your shift, take the baby out of the room where the other person is sleeping so when the baby cries she won’t wake up your significant other.

Following these steps won’t guarantee that you won’t become sleep-deprived, in fact, I can almost guarantee that no matter what you do you will become sleep-deprived. These steps will just help you get some sleep, which is better than nothing.

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