Oh the joys of motherhood, sleep deprivation being one of those. Everyone warns you about how tired you will be once a new baby comes and even when baby number two comes. But you never really grasp how exhausted you will be until you are actually living it.
All things happen for a baby to not want to sleep through the night, regressions, growth spurts, teething etc. Benson did not sleep through the night until he was 13 months old. Marlee will be 10 months on Wednesday and she still wakes up 3 to 5 times a night. I did have them napping at the same time but the past week that has not been happening and for some reason Benson has been getting up at 7 a.m. every morning. His usually wake up time is between 8 and 9. Needless to say I am exhausted. I have this going on plus the normal daily chores and now my garden has taken off.
New mothers or any mothers need support. They need someone to help them when they need it, when their eyes can barely stay open any longer. We need to support each other or even take turns with another close friend watching the kids and resting. When I first had Benson, getting used to the lack of sleep made me crazy. When he was cutting teeth we were only sleeping 2 hours a night for 3 weeks. I remember crying and crying because I was so exhausted and I had little help. I love my husband but he did not help much with letting me sleep and being with Benson.
Some words of wisdom though that I am sure everyone has heard but are definitely true,
- Sleep when they are sleeping!
ALWAYS SLEEP WHEN THEY ARE OR YOU WONT GET ANY!!
But now it is finally time for me to close my eyes and go to bed! I am exhausted!