April 3, 2013

Night Owl

Our baby girl is nocturnal. She spends her days in a coma-like sleep, and then is wide awake at night. And we can't really complain because 1) she is cute, and 2) she isn't fussy, just very alert and wanting to be noticed.

Right now Dave and I sleep in shifts and take turns staying up with her. I'm on call from 10 pm to around 2 am, then Dave gets up from 2 to 5, and then I get up again from 5 to 8. If we're lucky, she will sleep for a hour during one of our shifts so we can get some rest too, but that normally doesn't happen.

Dave and I are both getting very good at napping on the couch and very familiar with late night TV. In case you were wondering, there is nothing worthwhile on at 4 am unless you like paid programming.

I am hoping she will slowly adopt a more "normal" sleep pattern over the next few weeks, otherwise I might have to start cooking, showering, doing laundry, and going grocery shopping in the middle of the night, and then sleeping in the day because her current schedule makes me t....i....r....e....d.

Sophie on the couch next to me while I blog at 2 am


Christina G said...

Adorable!! :)

AmyH said...

She looks so sweet and innocent :) Few more weeks and you can try Dad's trick of ice cubes down the pjs! Although even that didn't wake my kids up. Nothing disturbs a sleeping newborn :)

Angela said...

The first few weeks with a newborn are tough. I remember rocking my baby in the middle of the night and crying because I was so sleepy and the baby was awake. Try to keep your little girl awake for as long as possible during the day. Make lots of noise and don't let her be all warm and snuggly if she needs to be awake. With each of my kids 1 month seemed to be the magic time when they mostly slept at night and I could function as a regular person again.