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Madison is here, and she is a wonderful baby, and I love her more than anything!

I have also been tired since her arrival.

Being tired seems to be a new state of permanent existence.

Some days are much better than other days.

Today is not one of the “much better” days.  Last night I was up with her from 1:30 am until 5:45 am.  Here was my sleep schedule last night:

11:00 pm Went to sleep.  Bryan stayed up and fed her a bottle before he went to bed.

1:30 am Woke up, Madison was crying.  Fed her.  She fell asleep.  Put her in her crib.  She woke up.  Held her.  She fell asleep.  Put her in her crib.  She woke up.  Held her.  She fell asleep.  Put her in her crib.  She woke up.  Repeat.*

3:00 am Madison was finally sound asleep in her crib so I went back to bed.  I lay there for 30 minutes and was unable to fall asleep.

3:30 am Madison woke back up, crying, and was hungry since it had been 2 hours since she’d last eaten at that point.  So I fed her.  See process above, repeated.

5:45 am Madison finally was sound asleep in her crib so I went back to bed.

8:15 am Madison woke up, crying, hungry.  I fed her in our bed, put her down next to me, and we both fell back asleep around 8:45 am.

9:30 am Madison woke up.  I fed her, and put her back down in bed next to me, and we both fell back asleep around 10:00 am.

11:30 am Madison woke up.  I fed her, repeat process from above.

1:15 pm Madison woke up.  I fed her, and decided it was time to get up for the day.

So how much sleep did I get last night?

2.5 hours plus 2.5 hours = 5 hours plus 45 minutes plus 1.5 hours = 7 hours and 15 minutes plus 1 hour 15 minutes = 8.5 hours.

It doesn’t feel like 8.5 hours when it’s broken up into such small chunks like that.

Happy Halloween! 🙂

Madison is going to be an elephant.  We’ve been trying all week to get some good pictures of her in her costume but a 7 week old baby isn’t very good at posing for the camera on cue 🙂  Maybe tonight we’ll get some good ones!

* Note: When I say “she woke up, I held her, etc.” don’t take this to mean that I’m needlessly picking her up and holding her when she could fall asleep on her own.  Believe me, I’m giving her every opportunity to fall back asleep on her own.  I only pick her up when she wakes herself up with her fussing and she gets to the point where she’s wide awake and starting to cry.  Then I pick her back up and calm her down until she’s falling asleep again, and put her back down.  I also have no interest in any judgmental parenting comments so if you have any thoughts about critiquing my parenting, keep them to yourself please.  I’m much too tired to handle them politely.

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