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I Feel The Need…The Need For Sleep!

In 2005, the American Film Institute ranked the top 100 movie quotes in history.

Just making the list at #94 was this great line from "Top Gun:"

Maverick (Tom Cruise): "I feel the need…"

Maverick and Goose (Anthony Edwards) together: "The need for speed!"

My wife and I have been having similar conversations lately…but we’re feeling the need for SLEEP!

We are just a few weeks away from our due date and we are just days away from moving to our new house. Yep, we’re THAT family, leaving the big city days before the first baby comes.

Pregnancy should be enough, but toss on a house-hunt, work travel and now packing, and we’re nearly running on empty.

Nights have been more “miss” than “hit” for my wife, who’s been waking up every two hours with a baby on the bladder. Which means I wake up every two hours, too.

So many people tell us we should be storing up sleep now, because we’ll never sleep again. Good advice, I’m sure. But just not possible in our situation.

While we normally would curse this as bad luck, we’re taking the high road.

We’re seeing this period as helping to prepare us for parenthood. The first few weeks and months, with breastfeedings every 2-3 hours, will lead to sleepless nights and zombie days. Getting into this rhythm now, in theory, should make it easier for us when we’re getting up to feed the baby and change her diapers. I think.

In the gym it’s called “muscle memory;” the more you perform an action, the more used to it your body gets, thus making it easier to perform said action.

Are we crazy to be so positive about it all?

Are we just adding more weeks on to the sleep deprivation ledger?

And what tips can you give us to help us maximize sleep in the weeks ahead while still giving regular feedings? All this positivity is making me sleepy.