Updated: Jan 30, 2020
So where are all my momma's at? **Raise Hand** If you are a mother, and read the title of this blog, you already know where I'm going with this.
Having a 7 week old in the house is catching up with me now. At first, I thought it would be a piece of cake since this is our third child. However, I'm totally wrong!!! As you may know, I nurse my children (well my two most recent kiddos), and we as mothers know they can eat every 2-3 hours. Lately, my daughter has been waking up faithfully from 3 AM- 430 AM. She'll be up to watch TV with me and I'm like yo, let's just go back to sleep; but she's not having that. So then I'm stuck here with lack of sleep and a baby that needs entertainment and food.
You know we hear "Sleep when the baby sleeps". Yeah, okay! Sounds good, right?!? Right, but it's not possible all the time (Sometimes my body doesn’t want naps, instead it wants to do everything else) but simply because babies sleep the majority of the day. They literally, eat, sleep, poop, and repeat. Perfect example: Guess what our daughter is doing as I type this... SLEEPING & SNORING. ha! Yet, I'm not sleepy. The most frustrating moment is when you finally nursed your child, spend some time to yourself before you close your eyes and BOOM, your baby is up! Whew, I can scream right now. I don't know about you, but my body be TIREDDDDDD. Like, shut all the way down sis. When that happens, I try my best to get in a quick nap for 30 minutes, but nope. Baby girl is like clockwork and she’s demanding with her milk.
To my new momma's out there, it will get tough, but it's okay. Remember the kiddos during the newborn age/stage is only for a short period, and this time will go by fast. Cherish it! So with our sleepless days/nights, spit-up shirts, milk stained clothes, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS. It is totally fine to go to a separate room to cry and let out the lack of patience we feel at the moment. Trust me, before you know it, the kiddos will be teenagers.
Things I recommend for more sleep:
1) Naps: Try to nap throughout the day, if you can, when the baby naps. But if you have a spouse or nanny at home, it’s totally fine to give your baby to them and take a nap or get some hours of sleep.
2) Pump: Start pumping at 4 weeks, and introduce the bottle between 4-6 weeks. Allow someone else to introduce the bottle; that way your little one won’t be “searching” for your breast. Then when you’re ready to hand baby to dad or the nanny, you'll have a bottle and will avoid being waken up to feed the mini human.
3) Go to sleep earlier: If you could fall asleep before 11 PM, that will help a lot. I know the kiddo may have a schedule, but if that schedule is before 11 PM, take advantage of it. Close those eyes momma.
4) Avoid grabbing your phone: Avoid grabbing your phone to scroll on social media, read online articles, blogs, etc. this will help you go back to sleep quicker. If you do not, you're giving your body permission to wake back up and you’ll be stuck awake for hours.