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I came across <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/opinion/19ekirch.html?ex=1298005200&en=7a2362011318c171&amp;ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&amp;emc=rss" target="_blank">this op ed piece</a> in the New York Times today, and thought it has relevance here (sorry if it doesn't). Just like many of you, I'm getting tired of people asking me if DD "sleeps through the night yet"... at 4 months, I don't think so! This piece provides some interesting ideas about "sleeping through the night" and its connection to artificial light. An especially good line that I can't wait to use on the next unsuspecting questioner:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Remarkably, then, our pattern of consolidated sleep has been a relatively recent development, another product of the industrial age, while <b>segmented sleep was long the natural form of our slumber, having a provenance as old as humankind</b>.</td>
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This also explains why I strangely feel more rested with our midnight wakings... either that, or I'm just making do with what I've been dealt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Anyway, just wanted to share an encouraging take on the new parent schedule <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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