Lindsay Gill: Guest Post: The Sleep Chronicles with Being Mrs. Beer

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Guest Post: The Sleep Chronicles with Being Mrs. Beer

Today, I am so thankful to Jess at Being Mrs. Beer for including me in her Sleep Chronicles series!  She has a little girl just a few weeks older than my Luke and has been sharing the "sleep stories" of fellow moms.  Here's ours (so far!)...

My pregnancy with Luke was fairly uneventful until I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  This was a blessing and a curse.  A curse because it required so much time, energy, and insulin to keep both of us safe.  But also a blessing...because I didn't have the time or energy to obsessively read books and the internet.  I didn't have any preconceived ideas about Luke or how "things would be."  I was even disappointed in how little effort I put into his nursery.  I never had a "nesting" drive.  I just needed to get him out safely and would cross the next bridge when we got there.

Fast forward to January 2013 and Luke was born.  The nurses cleaned us all up and brought us to the recovery room.  My parents left, my doctor left, and I told my husband to go home because there was no sense in having us both exhausted!  The nurse handed me a sleeping Luke and said goodnight.  

"Wait..." I vividly remember asking.  "What do I do if he wakes up?"

I had babysat for over 10 years for three children at a time.  I helped raise my younger brother who was born when I was seven.  But sitting there in my hospital bed with a new little angel next to me...I was clueless.  The nurse kindly explained that I should comfort him, and attempt to get him to latch for breastfeeding.
We didn't find much of a pattern in the first few weeks.  In fact, they are such a blur because of the lack of sleep and shell-shock of it all.  We did decide that we would start with Luke sleeping in his crib, we never co-slept.  

To continue reading and find out how we accidently "sleep-trained" Luke, click here!

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