It's been 6 weeks and 6 days since my daughter was born and I have asked myself this question countless times. More often than not the answer has been a resounding YES! Go to sleep! ...or I've passed out before I've even had a chance to weigh my options. Most nights and afternoons I follow the standard advice to sleep when the baby sleeps to keep up my routine and follow good sleep hygiene. I'm lucky in that my daughter has slept 5-8 hours a night since we were given the green light to let her sleep for as long as she can at night (rather than wake her up for feedings) and my husband will put her to sleep after her bedtime feeding when I'm too exhausted to sing another lullaby (which lets me get a head start on sleep). And I can balance a sleep deficit with a nap in the afternoon (although lately it's been hard to sleep during the day when all I want to do is behold her cuteness).
But the big surprise for me as a new mama has been the low productivity. When a friend asked me if motherhood was everything I thought it would be, my answer was: "I thought I would be able to get more done." There were some lazy days before baby where getting dressed and doing the dishes was enough for me. In my new life with baby, I have a new perspective: if I get dressed and do the dishes - that's a fairly productive day, not lazy by any means.
- Sleep or take care of baby? Take care of baby.
- Sleep or cruise on Facebook? Sleep.
- Sleep or do the dishes? Sleep.
- Sleep or adore baby? Adore baby.
- Sleep or do my taxes? Sleep (except maybe not on April 15 if you haven't finished them yet).
Baby is really the only thing that takes precedence over sleep. Everything else can wait and I'll trust that there will come a day when I'll have the energy to do a little more than the bare minimum.
Thanks for stopping by to read my first post-partum post. A special thank you to those of you participating in the New Mama Welcome Pack Blog Hop, you gave me the push I needed to stay up just a wee bit past my bedtime to be a part of this fun event. I hope you enjoyed my bleary-eyed musings and invite you to like my Facebook page and subscribe to my newsletter to keep in touch. And once you've done that, go to sleep! Sweet dreams!