I remember when I used to get six to eight hours of sleep every night. What a waste of time, just lying there, doing nothing. Instead of lying in our king-sized bed, under our down comforter, and atop an overstuffed pillow-top mattress, I could have been up at 3:00 a.m. watching TV or staring blankly at a wall. Ava has shown me what I was missing. She has already made my life so much better, because now instead of drooling on a pillow I watch reruns of ‘Family Matters’, or Steven Segal movies, or ‘Bridezillas’, or any number of infomercials (my favorite).
Compared to Michelle though, I am Sleeping Beauty. Michelle is not only up when I’m up, but she is up several other times too in order to pump. She puts in a solid couple hours a night. That’s hardcore. Did I mention she is also finishing her graduate work? Because she is. Last night she stayed up until well past 3:00 a.m. typing a paper. So here is Michelle. Coming off a major surgery. Home with a kid. Finishing her graduate degree. I assumed she was a superhero, but when I looked in her closet I didn’t find any capes. So this leads me to believe she is one of two things. She is either incredibly dedicated or a coke addict. Our bank account isn’t drained (yet), so I assume she just has an over sized work ethic.
In actuality, Michelle and I are still adjusting and trying to come up with a night schedule that works. Since she is home all day with Ava, I try to take Ava off her hands as soon as I get home and watch her the rest of the evening. This allows Michelle to get some school work done and then fall asleep on the couch for a few hours. I stay up until midnight or 1:00 a.m. with Ava before putting her to bed for good. I usually try to put her to bed before that, most times to no avail. Plus she is due for a bottle around midnight anyway, so I don’t bother to try to catch any sleep until after 2:00 a.m. This is because after her bottle I have to burp her, and change her, and give her some medicine for her gas and congestion. Then I have to sing to her to get her to doze back off. This all usually takes a solid hour or so. I then go to bed, along with Michelle, sometime after 2:00 a.m.
Ava usually gets back up around 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. Michelle will get up and take her and let me sleep. If I’m up, and feel guilty enough, I will get up too to feed Ava while Michelle pumps. I will hand Ava back off to Michelle and go back to bed while Michelle burps her and rocks her back to sleep. Ava usually isn’t up again until 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. At that point I am off to work and the cycle starts all over.
Sleep is for the weak and lonely.