My first few days back home with my baby have coincided with a long weekend, which has turned out to be nice. Everything is low-key. The kids aren’t having to wake up at a certain time to get to school so we can all operate on newborn time.
I have never quite been able to “sleep while your baby sleeps.” There are certain times of day that I’m naturally sleepier than others, and if the baby takes a good long doze in the morning, that’s not really going to work for me. But I’m doing reasonably well in the sleep department because I have other adults around. I hand the baby over to my husband in the evening and I sleep from about 9:30 p.m. to the next feeding. I’m responsible for the baby after that (we get some good stretches — I was able to sleep from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. last night!) and then I hand him over to my mom in the early a.m. (once it was 3:30 — I was tired! — but I’m aiming for closer to 5:30 a.m.). Then I go back down and start the day for real around 7:30 a.m. I try to take an afternoon nap while someone else is with the kids. My mom and husband have been good about taking the big kids out during the day some too. So while the sleep is incredibly disjointed, it’s adequate from a quantity perspective, which helps.
It also helps that the little dude is really chill. He eats like a champ, and I’m starting to see his face fill out. He’s opening his eyes more, and is getting a few bits of lucid time during the day. He’s pretty much taking the older-sibling-pawing that comes from being kid #4 in stride. And he’s really cute, as you can see from this photo!