ND Fan 1 wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:49 pm
JoeRetire wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:03 pm
CP1 wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Just wanted some feedback on how to prepare myself
Start by waking up from a sound sleep every 2-4 hours. Don't worry, that phase only lasts for 18 years or so.
Thanks for the good laugh, we are expecting baby #4 in August and just keep resetting the clock, haha. Somehow you just survive with irregular sleep.
I read a bio of Gen David Petraeus, who would sleep 5 hrs a night and run 5 miles every morning during his 18 months in Iraq. If he can fight a war with that little sleep, I think I can survive my days...though 4 kids under 7 will be my own little battle, haha.
I laughed as well when I read JoeRetire's post. I think 18 years is a little long - we have a 4yo and 2yo who sleep through the night pretty much every night - but as we're in the thick of #3 (5 weeks old) doing this I couldn't help but let out a sleep-deprived chuckle.
OP, there's this thing called "the fourth trimester", which is basically the idea that the first 3 months are just totally different from how baby will be "normally". We're counting down the time till #3 surpasses this 4th trimester. (Talking with a pediatrician friend apparently human babies would be better off with a 12-month gestational period, but anatomically that's not feasible between mom and baby.)
All our kids sleep/slept in our beds as babies, but only on mom's side. I'm too hard of a sleeper, and unfortunately I have nothing to offer a hungry baby at 3a. They've turned out fine, and neither of the older two particularly even like sleeping in our bed anymore. I wouldn't let the fear-mongering get to you if you decide to make that choice.
As far as all the junk and crap to buy, you'll probably buy too much of it, and only realize it after you've bought/used it and can't return it.
That's okay, just don't get carried away, and certainly don't put it on credit! I would say, any seller who is promising to "fix" something that parents have been dealing with with babies/children since time immemorial, that seller is probably lying and you don't need it.
"Knowledge and innocence are both excellent things, and they are both very funny. But it is right that knowledge should be the servant and innocence the master." - GK Chesterton