If there is any advice I can give to a future mom or even a mom who has yet to be pregnant but plans on it in the near future – enjoy sleep! Enjoy endless unbothered sleep. Enjoy sleeping in and enjoy hitting that snooze button or better yet, don’t even set an alarm! As an almost 30 year old, I did my share of partying in my early 20s. All of which involved running on energy drinks and choosing to sleep maybe 3 hours max at times.
Key word here is choosing. I chose that lifestyle at the time and I knew what I was setting myself up for. Of course I knew that a baby meant my sleeping in was over but there is a whole other level of sleep deprivation that you know nothing about til you experience it. One night, you get to sleep for 3 hours consecutively. The next night, you are up every 45 minutes. You absolutely never know what to expect and at sleep regressions, you dream about those 2 consecutive hours of sleep!
For me, the worst is the just falling asleep and then having to wake up again when you barely closed your eyes. At times now, I barely remember how many times I’ve woken up or what time it is. The walk to our son’s bedroom and the walk back is a blur and I don’t even remember it! My mistake is always being locked into the monitor and waiting for him to fall asleep instead of just hitting the hay immediately.
We were so lucky that the first few months, he would sleep 9 or 10 hours without waking. Welp, that ended quickly! Of course, I wouldn’t change my life and have it any other way but boy oh boy do I miss sleep. Mostly I miss not walking around the whole day like a zombie and drinking buckets of coffee to play with the little guy!
So advice to you – sleep! Sleep before you get pregnant as I stared at the ceiling towards the end of my pregnancy since he would kick all night long and I can’t stand sleeping on my back! Get your sleep on because it’ll be another 18 years before you are best friends with your pillow again.