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#1 of 7 Old 08-18-2011, 10:41 AM - Thread Starter
 
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One of my biggest fears going into having our second child is coping with the sleep deprivation with a newborn.  i had a really hard time with it the first time around- and worry about being cranky with DS, keeping up with her, and keeping up a quality milk supply.  Any advice from moms who feel they did ok with the whole sleep issue?

 

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Whats your support going to be like?  If you can nap when the baby naps at least once a day, it could save ur sanity.  Weve been ok so far, DH has taken over with DD even @ bedtime, and Im really more patient and calm than i thought i would be.


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Caffeine. That is how I get through my day, seriously. I nap a couple times a week right now, say once on the weekends and then maybe one other time during the week. With my toddler, I'm just not able to unless someone is around to watch him. My 8y is responsible enough to keep an eye on him but she isn't around much and school starts next week anyway. With 4 kids in 8 years, only 1 of them sleeps through the night, I've learned to how to survive on very little sleep, and what I consider a decent night is probably someone else's nightmare! DS2 is 3 weeks old, I just can't get to bed before 10 because DD1 rarely falls asleep before then, and then I have to up before 7am, and of course many night wakings in there. I'm doing ok, or maybe I'm just so used to it, because I'm tired but functioning. 


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Im hoping my daughter is at preschool for a couple of naps a week - plus i have a LOT of support from my parents and hopefully my husband :)  I think it'll be more about me relaxing enough to allow myself to lie down !

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Caffeine. That is how I get through my day, seriously. I nap a couple times a week right now, say once on the weekends and then maybe one other time during the week. With my toddler, I'm just not able to unless someone is around to watch him. My 8y is responsible enough to keep an eye on him but she isn't around much and school starts next week anyway. With 4 kids in 8 years, only 1 of them sleeps through the night, I've learned to how to survive on very little sleep, and what I consider a decent night is probably someone else's nightmare! DS2 is 3 weeks old, I just can't get to bed before 10 because DD1 rarely falls asleep before then, and then I have to up before 7am, and of course many night wakings in there. I'm doing ok, or maybe I'm just so used to it, because I'm tired but functioning. 



LOL_ bring on the Starbucks!!

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Sleep with your baby!! I didn't sleep with my first two and I was sooooo much more tired than with my last two.  I was exhausted, felt like a zombie after the first two and now I can actually say, with a two-week-old baby, I feel well-rested.  People ask how he sleeps at night, and I really don't know.  I think he only wakes a couple of times, but when you're breastfeeding and baby's right next to you, it doesn't require waking up to feed him.  I wish I would have slept with my first two, because I would have enjoyed the newborn period so much more.


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I did sleep with my first and really wish I had been able to sleep.  I was just too alert and not able to really fall asleep at all - this went on for about a year- on and off- my husband would take turns.  I am going to try again and hope being a 2nd time Mommy will allow me to relax more :)

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