Gio­vanna Fletcher

Baby Max has ar­rived… but all hope of a good night’s sleep has left the build­ing!

Mother & Baby (UK) - - UPFRONT -

Since my last col­umn we have wel­comed a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily – lit­tle Max Mario Fletcher. While he’s been hav­ing a won­der­ful time set­tling in, I’ve been shocked to re­mem­ber what life with a new­born is like. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a lit­tle dream – he’s feed­ing and sleep­ing fairly well (he put on 10oz in his sec­ond week – the mid­wife couldn’t be­lieve it). But, sleep… SLEEP! Let’s talk about head­ing to bed at night and not know­ing when you’re go­ing to be jump­ing out of the sheets to tend to your new­born and feed them…

I’m fairly open about the fact that I’ve prob­a­bly been ex­ist­ing on five to six hours sleep a night for the last few years thanks to a hec­tic work sched­ule and the boys be­ing early ris­ers. In fact, in a strange way, I’d say hav­ing less sleep has made me more pro­duc­tive some­how. How­ever, lit­tle sleep and bro­ken sleep are two very dif­fer­ent things.

Over the last few months I’ve been re­mind­ing my­self of the things I like do­ing dur­ing the night­time feeds to keep my­self awake. I thought I’d put to­gether a lit­tle list here, be­cause if you’re about to, or have just wel­comed, a bubba into your home, you will find your­self up when ev­ery­one else is asleep.

Snack. The first few weeks af­ter hav­ing the boys I al­ways have a box of crack­ers or bis­cuits by the bed. Noth­ing too ex­cit­ing or sug­ary, but some­thing to give me an en­ergy boost if I need it.

Watch some­thing. With Buzz I went through the Dis­ney clas­sics, think­ing it might kick­s­tart his love for them. With Buddy I was hooked on 24 Hours in A&E, and would weep at the beauty of life. This time round I’ve been on the hunt for some com­edy. But watch what­ever you fancy! A grip­ping box set is a good idea, al­though noth­ing with lengthy episodes that mean you’re go­ing to be tempted to stay up longer than needs be.

Lis­ten to a pod­cast. I only had the idea to lis­ten to th­ese be­cause so many mums have been in touch to say that this is when they lis­ten to my pod­cast Happy Mum, Happy Baby. I to­tally un­der­stand why. It’s great lis­ten­ing to th­ese chats and feel­ing like you’re a part of the con­ver­sa­tion. My favourites in­clude The Guilty Fem­i­nist; You, Me and The Big C; The High Low; About Race; Ctrl Alt Delete; and Desert Is­land Discs. See­ing as th­ese are up­loaded weekly, it’s good to have a bunch of them that you love! Read. One night I was pot­ter­ing about on­line (yep, I was end­lessly scrolling on In­sta) and my eyes were burn­ing from tired­ness and the fact I just can’t seem to turn the bright­ness down on my phone enough to en­joy this mind-numb­ing task… so I de­cided to dig out my Kin­dle and get lost in a book. Aaaaah… I love it! Just look at your baby and soak them up. There’s some­thing rather won­der­ful about be­ing the only ones awake to share this pre­cious mo­ment. Just en­joy tak­ing some time to stop and think about the lit­tle mir­a­cle that you’ve cre­ated.

Max New ad­di­tion

Tired? Like you wouldn’t be­lieve…!

With big brother, Buddy

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