Sleep is for suckers!

At 12:30 am, Baby E got his second wind.

Ten minutes earlier he’d fallen asleep in my arms while nursing. I carried him upstairs, a balancing act so delicate that Olympic gymnasts are in awe. I carefully placed him onto our bed while silently reciting The Mother’s Prayer, “Please stay asleep, please stay asleep…” Then came the awful sound — a whimper.


I quickly stuck a nipple in his mouth and hoped the act of sucking would comfort him back to sleep. And comfort him it did, enough to make him act like a baby on speed. As a responsible parent I would never give my baby uppers — I actually need him to go to sleep.

I finally said, “Baby E, please go to sleep.”

“Sleep? That’s so 2009! I’ve got more important things to do,” He giggled maniacally.

“Like what?”

“Like babbling as loud as I can…and, and, and  I want to crawl off the edge of the bed…and, and, I want to pull  your hair… really hard!”

“Yeah, that sounds great but do you think you could do that in about 12 hours instead?”

“Why? I don’t see you coming to bed.”

“I don’t want to come to bed now. I’m a grown up who needs her space sometimes.”

“And I’m a cute baby who needs his mommy all the time. Besides, sleep is for suckers!”

“You’re right, how about I nurse you again.”

“You know I can’t say no to milk…” Suck, suck, suck…”But you can’t make me go to…” Suck, suck, suck…”Zzzzzzzzzzz!”

So we lay there in the quiet night, attached by the boob; both of us suckered into sleep.

Posted on April 19, 2010, in Breastfeeding, Co-sleeping, New mommyhood and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. LOL!! I love it. Big nudge to me… enjoy the sleep I can get before this second little one comes!

  2. I love this. So true! Even last night with my nursing three year old I tried to keep her off the boob for over two hours. She kept saying “mommy, I’m not tired,” yet it was 4:30. Finally I let her nurse and she was out until 8:30. Ah, breast milk.

  3. Oh the power of the boob! The victory is YOURS! 🙂

  4. I would laugh except I know all to well what you are going through. the boob always works but then you can’t move!

  5. For the very first time, last night, I managed to sneak out of bed after I nursed my bb to sleep and get stuff done for HOURS! It was amazing, and it may never happen again, but I was like HELL YES.

    So I totally get it.

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