The first thing everyone always says when you tell them you or your wife are pregnant is a variation of "Oh, I hope you're sleeping as much as you can. That will stop soon enough," but I don't think most people understand exactly what that means.
The problem isn't that you don't get enough sleep during the week, or a few nights in a row. It's that your sleep is constantly interrupted, seemingly forever. I used to think I was some sort of super-performing, no-sleep machine, able to go indefinitely on 5 hours of sleep. I was deluding myself.
Until last Thursday, I hadn't slept more than 4 consecutive hours since my appendix was taken out, six weeks ago. I used to skip sleep like that in my 20s and early 30s for a few days or even a couple of weeks at a time. The difference is that back then, when I reached the breaking point, I'd crash out and sleep for 12 or 15 or 24 hours and be back to normal. Last Thursday when the baby slept five consecutive hours, It was really exciting. My poor wife is coping much better than I am--she has it much worse, since she has to get up to feed every single time.
Posted at 11:46PM. I'm sick.