Sunday, February 12, 2012
So, this sleep deprivation business...
Everybody (especially experienced parents) loves to tell you that you'd better sleep before the baby comes because you won't be sleeping for the next X number of years. The alternative pearl of wisdom is to sleep when the baby sleeps.
I'd always assumed that the former piece of advice was because babies tend not to sleep through the night, so you end up walking around in a zombified stupor at 3 am (and 4, and 5...) trying desperately to cuddle and rock the baby back to sleep. And I assumed that the latter piece of advice was offered because parents tend to use Baby Sleeping Time (TM) to rush around and complete household chores.
Nobody tells you that the reason new parents do not sleep is because they spend Baby Sleeping Time taking approximately 5489 photos of their sleeping baby who is in exactly the same position in every photo. Because nobody mentions that newborns sleep with their arms up. And nobody mentions that this is the cutest sight in the known universe, and that anybody with an Asian gene simply cannot help themselves but to pull out the camera and start clicking away like a lab rat pressing the reward button.
I think I may need some help.