I’m catching up on all the sleep I haven’t missed yet.
By far, the most reoccurring advice I’ve been receiving is this: “Get all the sleep you can now, because you won’t be getting much when the baby gets here.” Noted. So I’ve been getting to bed around 9:30 or 10 for the last couple of weeks. My body allows me to fall asleep instantly, perhaps as a courtesy, knowing what’s to come.
If I’ve got an advantage over this up-and-coming sleep deprivation issue, it’s this: I function best on 5 and a half hours of sleep, not 7 or 8 like most people. In college, I typically went to bed at 3:30 AM and woke up at 9:00. Graduated on the Dean’s List.
And here’s why I’m better on less sleep: I function at best, in general, when I am thrown into stressful situations. Having a task at hand, in addition to less mental and physical rest, equals me in my prime. Which also explains why I write “an excessive number of posts every month” (Being Down to Earth, Yet Never Really Touching the Ground). I’m not good at sitting idle, because that’s the one thing that truly stresses me out, in a bad way (Rubik’s Cube Syndrome).
I am at my worst when I have no project going on, no deadline to meet, nothing new to contribute to society. Aimlessness and restlessness are synonyms for hell.
Of course, because I also so strongly believe in working smart, not hard (The Modern Day Tortoise), and because my organic lifestyle isn’t limited to my eating habits, we’re choosing to try an unpopular, traditional approach to helping Baby Bean sleep comfortably at night. The baby shall sleep near us, in the same bedroom.
Because if it means the baby cries less in the middle of the night, I’m all for it.
We have some cool friends that did this with their first daughter, and not only did they have limited instances of the baby waking up and crying during the night, but now (at around 1 year and half old) she decided she wanted to sleep in her own bedroom, in her own bed. It worked for that family, hopefully it will work for ours.
All pictures with the “JHP” logo were taken by Joe Hendricks Photography: