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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Contradictions (27w6d)

Oh, crap. Just when I think maybe I know one or three things about what to do once this kid is born, I read a contradiction to one piece of advice that has been consistent. I could dismiss this contradiction if it came from someone less trustworthy, but it's Dooce! You know Dooce, also known as Heather Armstrong. She's famous. She has had two babies. She's written books about her experiences. She knows stuff. So, now I'm panicking because she wrote this:

Worst advice you can give to someone with a newborn? Sleep when the baby sleeps. That is total and utter crap. Because one nap can be three hours and then the next nap is like fifteen seconds, and when that latter naps happens and you've just put your head down to go to sleep, oh Lord, the agony. And the pain. And the ANGER. And of course it's never healthy to be angry at a newborn, bad things can happen, like suddenly you start drinking tequila at 10 AM and are calling your husband at work JUST SO THAT YOU CAN HANG UP ON HIM.


Hmm.

Crap.

6 comments:

Leslee (habanero???) said...

okay, seriously?!? Take it from one who was way sleep deprived. SLEEP WHENEVER YOU CAN GET IT!!! Even 15 seconds of sleep will seem blissful. Two kids and a couple of books does not an expert make. Seriously. Sleep. Maybe she's so angry because she didn't sleep when she could. Seriously. Sleep. Arrrrgggghhhh

Kristina said...

Okay, okay, I'll sleep. When I can.

Let's talk sleep deprivation: will being the sole caregiver to an infant for 6 months cause me to lose my mind, or is there hope I might survive? (Only partially kidding.)

Leslee (habanero???) said...

:) you'll be great. I mean it. Somehow, it becomes routine and you make friends with this strange little person. You'll see. Talk to him like you would anyone - it really helps. If you're tired, say "look dude. I'm tired." Seems crazy, but it will feel better to say it out loud. (especially to the one causing it...)

Love you and it will be okay...

Kristina Wright said...

That shouldn't be a problem... I already talk to my furry children like that.

Thanks, lady.

Deborah said...

I agree with Leslee -- sleep whenever you can!

Kristina Wright said...

Deborah ~ The sleep whenever you can theory seems to prevail. I'm used to sleep deprivation from chronic insomnia, so it will be interesting (ha!) to see how this goes...