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I remember telling a good friend of mine how I was tired and bored during my last month of pregnancy and how I WISHED Zoë would just come early. I'm sure many mothers come across this feeling. However, if I really would have grasped HOW tiring being a new mom is, I probably would have welcomed even a late arrival. I mean, how often does a grown adult get to just lounge around and be waited on hand and foot?

It really was exhausting being a brand new mom, though, especially a brand new mom who's breastfeeding. Breastfeeding babies need to be fed every 2-3 hours and when Zoë was a newborn, she was demanding every 2 hours, sometimes even a bit sooner. The thing is, that time starts at the BEGINNING of a feeding, not at the end. Well, when Zoë was a newborn and before my milk came in, our nursing sessions would last easily 30-45 minutes. If you do the math, that's only an hour and 15 minutes in between. That's not a whole lot of time to sleep.

I learned that the key to being a new mom, though, was to sleep when she slept. Not an easy task, I tell you. During those brief sleeps when your baby's sleeping, you feel the need to get things done! Laundry, cleaning, organizing... I remember reading about how a mother might "nest" towards the end of pregnancy, but I'm still nesting, I feel. However, mothers need lots of rest, too. Exhaustion is never good for anyone. So do yourself (and whoever is around you) a favor and find time to sleep!


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