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