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Sleeping Through the Night

truthwebOur friends welcomed a baby boy into their family last week. Congrats, Liz and Dave! Like all new parents, they’re having issues with sleep. When we brought our son home, I constantly Googled variations on “when will my baby sleep through the night?” I posted in forums about it. I asked other parents. And you know what? Seven months have passed and he’s STILL not sleeping through the night. And I’m ok with that. The first week he was born? Not so much.

I guess the best thing I can say to new parents about sleep (and this isn’t going to sound like the best thing, sorry) is that you eventually just get used to it. I literally have not slept more than four hours in the last seven months. And that’s not a hyperbolic literally. It’s a literal literally.

But sleeping four hour stretches eventually becomes your new normal. I wake up every three hours, just like my son. If he doesn’t wake up, I’ve been reprogrammed to wake up anyway. And it’s ok. And actually, there are plenty of people out there who have babies who are sleeping through the night at this point. (I HATE you.)

So you get used to a new normal, and eventually, they’ll sleep longer stretches.

I guess. Right? I don’t know, I’m a new parent myself. I’m assuming he’ll one day sleep like, six hours? Maybe?

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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