Unexpected Dad  Life In 3 Hour Increments At…

Unexpected Dad: Life In 3-Hour Increments

At the most recent doctor visit, our daughter weighed in at 6 lbs. 3 oz, so whatever stress or fatigue we feel as a result of the feeding schedule is worth it. Our daughter is gaining weight and growing, playing catch-up from her initial small size. There are nights where shifts go well, but she just refuses to calm down and go back to sleep; most nights all 3 of us get very little sleep. The thought now is that she has colic, that vague, nebulous diagnosis that apparently has no treatment and we must deal with for at least another month.

So for now we live our lives in 3 hour increments, squeezing in sleep where we can, and looking forward to the time when baby will sleep through the night, or at least for 3 or 4 continuous hours.

Good on ’em! When our first came along I quickly realized how little compassion I had for our pink screamer at 2 a.m. Went better when I took the late-evening shift (tuck-ins are fun for dads!!) and the 5 a.m. I-have-to-be-up-anyway-so-come-hang-out-with-me-kid shift. The Missus got a good night sleep on either end. 

Every couple – and baby – benefit when they work as a team.