Why Having a Baby is HARD

People ask us what having a baby is like. We honestly expected it to be very hard and have been surprised that it’s a little easier than we planned for. We expected to have our butts kicked. During waking hours, having a baby is a bit easier than we imagined it to be. But it’s the not sleeping through the night, for months on end that’s so very difficult. It’s a shame that because you’re so tired, you aren’t able to fully soak up the sweet daytime moments. My baby is coming alive: she’s smiling and making me laugh at times. I’d give my life for her gladly. Having her isn’t hard because there’s a lack of love….no…having a baby is hard because of the serious lack of sleep!

I’m trying to take it day by day.  I’m trying to enjoy my baby as much as possible as I know I’ll ache for these days back. I’d like to say that sleep is overrated but it’s not. Sleep is essential! I’ll keep on keeping on and hope that one day, I’ll see 8 hrs of solid sleep again. Maybe it’s around the corner. One can dream!

sleep-deprivation

4 thoughts on “Why Having a Baby is HARD”

  1. I am totally with you on the sleep!!! My baby will be 3mo on weds and we are working on sleeping in the pack n play/crib. But sleep is so important, OMG!!

  2. I honestly cannot imagine. I have always needed a lot of sleep. My whole life I’ve required 8 hours at night and a 1-2 hour nap at some point during the later afternoon/early evening (I have so many friends that mock me for this!). I joke with Andy all the time that one of my biggest fears of parenthood is the sleep issue. I become another person when I don’t get sleep! Hang in there mama! And I will pray for you – for sleep (please Lord!), and for grace and strength in the midst of it all.

    1. Thank you so much for the prayer! She slept better last night. The lack of solid sleep is rough. One good thing is that you like to nap…I’m horrible at napping. You’ll sleep when the baby sleeps during the day (knowing that you may not get a 1-2 hour nap but a few 30minute ones). Maybe you’ll be blessed with a good sleeper! We can only hope, right? 🙂

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