Desmond loves to sleep and nurse. During naps he will sleep latched on, but he also loves to snooze in the stroller while daddy takes him on a long walk. At night though, it's the boob or bust. (No pun intended!)
When I say sleep and nurse, I really mean it. Many nights I've tried to sneak away, only to return because Desmond was up crying for me ten minutes later. The night is supposed to be adult time right? Time for grown up fun things. Time for relaxing. Time for conversation with daddy. Time for sex! Let me tell you something. You can do all those fun things AND meet your sleep nursling's needs at the same time. You just have to do it a little differently.
Here are a few things I like to do during my night nursing marathons.
- Sleep :) Now's your chance to get to sleep a little earlier. But if you are like me and don't want to go to sleep by 9pm every night you can do other things without compromising the sleep nursing.
- A smart phone is your friend.
Anything you can use to browse, read books (kindle app is on a bunch of platforms), play games, write blog posts, write email, watch movies, etc. with one hand is great. Bring a charger and headphones with you and you can do most things you'd do in your living room right where you are; nursing your kiddo while they sleep.
Daddy and I connect at night, but when we can't finish a conversation before bedtime (or the conversation is not kid friendly) then we text each other. Texting allows us to have our adult conversation while nursing a sleeping kiddo.
- Email can also be a fun way to converse with your significant other. It is a better choice for those thoughts that are too long for texting. Think of it as the new way to write a letter. Letters are incredibly romantic. Wouldn't you want to receive a letter from someone you love? I'm sure they do too; so get to writing!
- Take little breaks. If your nursling is anything like mine, then you can slip away for 10 minutes before they realize you are gone. Know exactly what you want to do in those minutes BEFORE you leave your nursling. You'll be surprised what you can enjoy in 10 short minutes ;)
Lastly, welcome the rest. Kiddos/work/life can wear you out sometimes. This forced bed rest can possibly be the best thing for you right now. Settle in with a good book or some soothing music or meditate. Relax. Soon the morning will come and you will have to do it all over again.