First nights with baby at home I realize I wouldn’t have any control of my time anymore. Little guy was waking up to nurse every 2 hours. Each nursing session could last from 20 minutes to more than an hour. He would only sleep on the breast. That’s when I realize how much I would miss a good night sleep!
I was never a person who likes to sleep until late in the morning. Even on holidays I was awake by 9am. There was a time on my life that I would wake up at 5am to workout before going to work. I would feel so bad and like I wasted my time if I woke up after 10 am. Now, all I wanted was a whole week or month sleeping till 11am. Or just watching Netflix.
Baby wouldn’t sleep through the night till 9 months. During the day was hard to follow the rule “Sleep when he sleeps” once you have to eat, take a shower, pee, read e-mails, pay bills, cook, clean the house, work, do laundry and a hundred of other things and before you know he is up again.
And still now he wakes up around 5am hungry and with so much energy. He wants to jump around, play under the blanket and be tickled. I wake up like a zombie and by the time I nurse him, play a little then make breakfast and feed him, he is ready for his first nap of the day and I’m too awake to go back to sleep.
Going out of the house includes a big list of things to bring and do before leaving. I can say I spend more time getting ready for a walk than really walking, specially when it’s winter. And you can never be ready for everything that can happen: from poop explosions at a restaurant to throwing up in the car two times in a day – leaving you without extra clothes.
I wouldn’t say I would sleep until late without him. Or I would go out for walkings more often. The thing that changes when you have a kid is CONTROL. You have any! I miss being able to choose when to wake up. I miss getting out of the house anytime I want. Or just being able to do nothing. However, don’t get me wrong, those laughings and snuggles make it all worthy. It’s not a cliche. Life is much more fulfilling and rewarding than when you don’t have a human being to take care and love forever!