Kelly over at SparkPlugging put out a reader challenge – respond to something someone on twitter said. She has a list of seven and I picked this one because I’ve been thinking of a friend of mine (mom of a new baby) all night/this morning.

berrybrewer I have a little time to myself, but I’m so pooped that I think I’m going to “waste” it on sleep.

Kelly says Blog this: Provide some reassurance that this baby mommy did indeed make the right choice!

berrybrewer – You are doing great I’m sure! “Wasting” your free time on sleep when you have a baby is the best time waster there is. I have two little ones both coming up on birthdays in August. My daughter will be 7 and son will be 5. I find it hard to believe that she is seven! I remember being in the hospital with her and coming home. We slept for the first week, at least. That’s really all I remember – and I’m sure there are pictures to prove that. You know, the way you take pictures of your first born just sitting there? Yep, been there.

It was the same with our son – that time I gave birth by myself, my husband was gone and a friend was with me. My Mom missed him being born by about 20 minutes. Mom went grocery shopping for me and after coming home from the hospital, the kids and I did nothing but rest. We took naps together and fell asleep on the couch.

I’m a big advocate of just relaxing and being with your baby. Some moms out there have wanted children for so long – whether you had an easy time getting pregnant or it took a lot longer then you hoped, spending time with your newborn may just consist of sleeping!

One of my oldest friends just had a baby a couple of weeks ago. We stopped to see her on the move to Texas and she was *huge* – yes, stars around it and all. She’s a short, petite girl, and seriously, huge. I felt so bad for her! She ended up having a csection a couple of weeks after we drove through. After having her family visit for a little bit, she’s back to just her, baby and her husband. And she’s having a really hard time breastfeeding. Now, not only am I am advocate of napping with your kids, I am an advocate for breastfeeding. I’ve been chatting with her but she doesn’t have any local support.

My advice is just breathe. Just take a nap, waste your time sleeping, stare at your baby and enjoy yourself. Those are all right choices.

Sleeping on daddy
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2 Responses to “Baby Assurances”
  1. Tishia Lee says:

    Yep I agree Tsoniki. I don’t think it’s ‘wasting’ time when you sleep. I remember those days when Caleb was a baby & the first thing on my mind when he went to sleep was catching some zzz’s myself.

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  2. Kelly says:

    Thanks for taking my challenge on this topic :)

    When you have a baby, you often have to miss sleep to take care of them. I hate to see a mom having to miss sleep just to work. A priority has to be set that mommy takes care of herself.

    I’ve seen first hand recently how lack of sleep can have a real negative impact on health – and I’m not even the one who had a baby!

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