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Sometimes I'm fortunate enough to snooze in the morning while Desmond is nursing. This happens, maybe, once a month ;)             

Cosleeping and breastfeeding is a powerful combo. When Desmond wants to nurse, he just sorta swats at me, I pop out a boob, and he latches and does the rest. Neither of us fully wake. And if we do, we're back to sleeping immediately. Most of the time I couldn't tell you how many times we nursed that night, nor do I feel overly tired from being disturbed. Of course, on days when Desmond is teething badly or very unsettled we don't sleep well. After an average night of nursing we both wake up rested. If I had to guess how many times I nursed at night I'd say somewhere between 5-10 times (between Desmond and Chase). When Chase was young, we tried the conventional approach to sleeping. He was in another room in a crib. I had to drag myself down the hall each time he woke up. Worst sleep of my life. I am so grateful we found another way that works so much better for us. You have no idea.

My Definitive "Meaning Over Happiness" Post


Mike Radivis just asked asked some good questions on "Chase Meaning, Not Happiness" -

How do you measure meaning if not in terms of happiness? Aren't things that create more happiness for a longer time for a larger number of individuals better than those things who lack those qualities but are proclaimed to be personal achievements anyway? Does the scope of happiness make happiness meaningful to you or not? What are achievements good for if they aren't good at facilitating happiness? Imagine you wouldn't experience any pleasant or unpleasant emotions and would have to decide rationally what to pursue (assuming that is possible at all). Then what you want to do with your life? (Another way to formulate this question maybe would be to ask what's your grand strategy in that situation.)

I'm quite interested in your answers. I like that your blog posts are so outspoken. It's just that the message of this post is hard for me to grasp, as I'm pretty much utilitarian in my thinking.

Good questions. I'll go through it line by line.

How do you measure meaning if not in terms of happiness?

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