Are you getting bored with all the articles telling you to look and feel your best, you need at least eight hours of sleep a day? If you're like me, you feel you look better with dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes teamed with a sallow complexion.
You diligently count night wakings and set your timer for naps, but worse still... you count down the minutes until morning, waving goodbye to chunks of 'lost sleep' as the sun has the nerve to unapologetically rise. Damn the happy birdsong.
Please know that after 15 months of her not sleeping, I have researched sleep tricks on the Internet, talked to the doctor, talked to other moms and tried it all. Yes, EVEN THAT (insert random weird Internet sleep fad here).
Motherhood is a brave journey. It's always been this brave thing to raise another independent, pushing the limits, melt your heart at night, love them forever even when they drive you crazy, human. That's what you're doing. Even on those tired days.
Bear in mind that during pregnancy you are actually sleeping for two. Whenever possible, sleep when your infant sleeps. Many women look at their baby's sleep time as an opportunity to catch up on their list of essential chores, tasks, and activities. Keep sleep at the top of this list.