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Were You Sad to Say Goodbye to Uninterrupted Shut-Eye?

Sleep is for the weak...or childless. Lots of mothers say goodbye to their hours of uninterrupted shut-eye once baby debuts. And, even once a tot is sleeping through the night and has a sibling or two, it doesn't mean parents necessarily have time to hit the hay. There are only so many hours in the day and for moms juggling a career, family, and their children's commitments, burning the midnight oil can become routine. Do you long for sleep or do you just consider the lack of it part of parenthood?

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MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I still have the same bedtime routine that I started with my first child 3 years ago. I have a nearly 8 month old now, and he is the best sleeper. He was able to sleep the night very very early, and takes a couple naps a day still. He has always needed his sleep. My 3 year old? Not so much. She kept me sleep deprived for a very long time, and still wakes up and has a hard time putting herself back to sleep. It just depends on the child, their needs, and how easily they can go back to sleep after the normal wake ups we all have.
Carri Carri 6 years
My son goes to bed at 8 and wakes up around 7-7:30. He also takes a 2-3 hour nap starting at noon. Routine is key!
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
I didn't really mind in the beginning, when I was still nursing. She started lsleeping through the night at 9 months and everything was wonderful! She would sometimes sleep til 9! Heaven! Then, all of the sudden she would wake up every 3-4 hours again. And since I wasn't breastfeeding anymore it would take up to an hour to get her back to sleep. Just then I realized how much sleep deprivation kills you slowly! She now sleeps around 12 hours a night and everyone's happy again ;)
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I didn't know how profound the lack of sleep would be until about the third trimester. Since then, a good night's sleep has been more of a luxury than a staple, and my daughter is three years old! I also didn't realize just how much I need my sleep. It made for some extremely difficult times, especially when she was a baby.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I'm lucky. Since he was 18 months old my son goes to bed at 8. He used to wake up later, but now that he's 5 he's up at 7. I really think it's because we have a set routine that we do every night.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 6 years
I totally miss my sleep! But I do understand that this is part of parenthood... I don't think that this is an either/or question.
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