People keep asking me how I'm dealing with the lack of sleep necessitated by a newborn. Truthfully, except when I am actually prying myself out of deep sleep at 3 in the morning, I feel okay. However, there are clearly subtle effects, detectable upon close observation. Let me tell you a little story to illustrate.
One of The Pit's coworkers stopped by for a visit the other day, and brought a lovely bouquet of flowers. I carefully trimmed the stems, added the plant food, and put the flowers in the vase. The next day however, the flowers looked a little...droopy.
"Weird," I said to myself, and continued about my day, moving from bed to couch and back again, baby draped all over me. The next day, there was definite wilting in the vase - and yet it still didn't hit me that I might have forgotten a critical element in the equation.
The following day my mom came to stay with us, and delicately asked me who had placed the flowers in the vase. I told her it was me, and she carefully didn't make any follow-up observations. Later in the day, I noticed that she had combined the flowers with another, older bouquet, and that things were looking alive and cheery once again.
"Those look much better," I pointed out.
"Well, water does tend to help," she replied.
So err, yes, apparently the lack of sleep is affecting me, although thankfully I am merely starving well-intentioned gifts, and not Fuzzy. His chins are in no danger, although he remains ever vigilant.
I should note that after three days with us, my mom is also starting to feel the effects of Fuzzy's round the clock care. This afternoon, The Pit went to drop some scraps in the compost pile. When he returned, he asked me why my mother felt the need to compost a wooden spoon. I was at a loss, and when the question was posed to her, she couldn't answer either, having no memory of this horticultural experimentation.
2 years ago