“Sleep while the baby sleeps!” Heard that piece of advice before? You’re not alone. It’s one of those well-worn parenting clichés, like “this too shall pass” and “enjoy every moment”. Well, I don’t know about you, but I fail spectacularly at sleeping while the baby sleeps. And there are a number of reasons why…
Excessive Coffee Consumption
The problem with being so sleep deprived your eyeballs hurt is that you drink far too much coffee. And what happens when you drink too much of that delicious caffeinated beverage? Yeah – not a lot of napping, that’s for sure. Wired yet still beyond tired. What a combo!
The Unexpected Drop-In
You know the drill – the day you decide to give the “baby is asleep, time for a nap” you receive the “I’m just around the corner, up for a visit?” phone call from a well-meaning friend or relative. Don’t get me wrong, company is lovely. But when you are trying to sleep, it’s not.
I Choose Sexy Time Over Sleepy Time
Look, I’m not saying sleep is sacrificed for sexy time very often. What I am saying, though, is that sometimes a husband and wife have needs, you know? And hey, the opportunities for special time with your significant other can be few and far between when you’re a parent.
The Phantom Baby Cries
You know what I mean, right? Your baby’s been crying all night but you finally get her down to sleep and you’re relishing the sweet sound of silence. You can finally relax. Except as soon as your head touches that pillow, you hear the baby cry. And cry. And cry. When you get up to investigate, however, baby is sleeping soundly. You, on the other hand, are not.
I Choose A Shower Instead
As much as my wife and I love the scent of Milk and Baby Spew, there comes a time when you really just need a shower.
The Internet (Specifically Cat Content)
“I’ll just quickly check Pinterest in bed,” I’d say. “Then I’ll have a nap for sure.” Forty-five minutes later and I’m watching YouTube’s “10 Cutest Kitten Videos of All Time” playlist.