From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

I Wish Men Could Breastfeed August 9, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 9:03 am

Henry’s going through another sleep regression, he’s back to waking up every 2-3 hours. When I think back, we seem to have more of these types of nights then the ones where he sleeps for about 5-6 hours. We had one glorious night of 7 hours a few months ago and that’s it. I’m starting to think I won’t get 8 hours of sleep again until he moves out.

I must have the most stubborn baby on the planet. When he’s made up his mind on something, there’s no going back. Like the sleep thing. I tried ignoring his whimpers last night since I had fed him about 90 minutes earlier and his cries just escalated to screams. I eventually got up worried my neighbor would call the police and claim we’re torturing him. It’s not just sleep he’s stubborn about. He still refuses a bottle, will sometimes take a glass, he’s not really interested in solid food, preferring to breastfeed. I keep worrying he’s not going to want to wean himself and I’ll be stuck nursing an 18 year old at some point. All this to say that if men could breastfeed as well, things would be so much easier. We could take shifts at night to feed Henry, we could both go out and do our own thing without being on a tight schedule. I also feel men would excel at it. They’d probably horse around a lot at first with the fact that milk could come out of their nipples but I’m sure the seriousness of the matter would dawn on them when they’re up at 2am for the 3rd time that night with a little guy hungrily eating away and freaking out if you try and pull away too soon.

I’m a bit self centered when it comes to this sleep thing. I keep thinking “oh, I’m the only person who this has ever happened to”. I’m convinced everyone else’s  babies are sleeping 12 hours a night and waking up smiling and singing “good morning starshine”. But then I think of the wonderful WONDERFUL book our friends Erin and Mark got us called “Go the F*ck to Sleep” written by Adam Mansbach and I realize, hey someone wrote this and someone agreed to publish it so I can’t be the only one who’s baby won’t sleep.  The link that I shared above for the book has Samuel L Jackson reading the book and he puts a spin on it that no one else can. I read this book every time I’ve had a rough night with Henry, it always makes me laugh. I’d be worried if I couldn’t laugh at the whole situation. I was going to put my favorite passage down but out of the context of the entire book, it seems kind of harsh so I’ll just encourage you to check out the narrated version.

Speaking of sleep, the little guy is now fast asleep napping and I can’t seem to shut my eyes. Go figure.

I'm just exhausted after last night mom


One Response to “I Wish Men Could Breastfeed”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Not to rub it in, but we were just at the cottage with a couple with a 3 month old who sleeps from about 7 pm to 6 am… Seems abnormal. Lucky them.

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