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10 Ways to Pass the Time When Baby Keeps You Up At Night

baby-crying-in-cot2By about 6 months of age, my daughter Reese was a champion sleeper, giving my husband and I up to 11 hours per night to relax and recharge. Sadly, sleep regressions are a thing, and when those pesky molars decided to make an appearance when Reese hit her 15th month, everything changed.

That got me thinking back to how I spent some of the late-night hours with Reese, while nursing her and soothing her back to sleep.

 

(1) DIY Manicure: When you’re a new Mom, especially one nursing your baby on demand, it can be hard to get away for a couple hours.  Keep a nail file and some cuticle cream (nipple balm works, too!) near your nursing chair and give yourself a mini mani. Reese never seemed to mind the noise, and at times I even think she thought it was soothing!

(2) Squats, lunges, leg raises, hamstring curls: Helps Mom get back into shape AND the movements can lull baby back to sleep!

(3) Watch your secret vice: We all have that one show we don’t necessarily want to admit we watch!  Mine was The Tudors.  Highly recommend it.

(4)  Enjoy drinking a full cup of tea (hopefully with some peace and quiet).

(5) Catch up on thank-you notes.

(6) Go over the upcoming week’s calendar with your partner. Get it out of the way! Juggling life with a new baby is hard work, so planning ahead definitely helps.

(7) Sync your iPhone.  Upload all those super cute pictures and videos that are filling up your 99% of your storage.  Download some new music for the long walk with baby you’ll probably take the next day.

(8) Order diapers.

(9) Make a grocery list: …to have your husband take care of the next day!

(10) If you can, try to rest:  If you’re nursing, try doing so while lying down on your side with baby lying on her side facing you.  This was Reese’s favorite when she was a newborn!  It became my preference, too, since I could close my eyes and catch a few ZZZs…..

 

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