It is 4:00am and I wake up for the 15th time since I shut the lights off at 9:00pm and put Jonah in his cosleeper. Who took my boobs and exchanged them for canon balls?! And where is my baby? He normally falls asleep in his cosleeper, and then after he wakes up to nurse the first time, I let him sleep in my arms for the rest of the night. But tonight he is still in his cosleeper at 4:00am! Jonah slept through the night – and I DO NOT LIKE IT – and here are the three reasons why I don’t want my baby sleeping through the night– in random order:
# 1: I already mentioned that I woke up with rock hard boobs. These foreign objects attached to my chest are NOT comfortable – they hurt! I know that my body will eventually adjust to my baby’s needs and produce milk accordingly, but I don’t want to adjust. I don’t want to produce less. I want to wake up throughout the night to Jonah nursing, cuddling next to me – feeling close and knowing that he is getting everything he needs – love and nutrition.
# 2: Parenting is not a 9am – 5pm job. Moms don’t keep “banker’s hours” – we are “on” 24/7 and that was the gig I signed up for when I became a mom. I am going back to my corporate job in a week, and from experience with the other boys I know that night time is our chance to catch up on lost cuddles and closeness. None of the other three boys slept through the night until they were almost two years old – and I have never complained about it. It is true as they say – “I can sleep when I get old” – or since I have narcolepsy the saying is rather “I can sleep whenever and where ever” – but just not at the expense of missing out on bonding time with my baby.
# 3: What will I say to strangers?! When you are out in public with a baby every single conversation goes like this – verbatim…
Stranger: “That is a cute baby, how old is she?”
Me: “Thank you. HE is (whatever age at the time)”.
Stranger: “Wow, he is really big, isn’t he? So… Is he sleeping through the night yet?”
Me: “Yes, he is freakishly large. He is not sleeping through the night. But that’s how I like it!”
Stranger: “Oh!” (conversation comes to a halt since I didn’t complain over not getting enough sleep).
So now that I CAN report that he is sleeping through the night, I might be forced to carry on a lengthier conversation about how wonderful it is that the baby is not bothering us at night… Anyone who knows me can attest that I am NOT good at small talk (or random hugging – but that’s a different topic for later blog post).
So Jonah – for the love of your mama, her rock hard boobs and her sanity – please wake up! You can sleep through the night when you are in college – skip all the frat parties and go to bed early. But while you live under my roof, you better wake up every couple of hours – because I said so!