I couldn’t fall back to sleep after waking up for a middle of the night feeding. Not at first. But you develop some pretty good systems after a while. Defense systems. Self preservation. Because it turns out that you can die from lack of sleep faster than a lack of water. It’s true. Many new dads have been hospitalized for that very thing. Or should have been. They’re zombies. You see ‘em at work, they are just going through the motions. They aren’t organized yet. They don’t have a system.
Aside from every shirt I owned having a spit-up stain on the shoulder, the other system I had was one where I could quickly and efficiently get the feeding routine going and fall asleep in the rocking chair glider. Tracie had loaned it us from when she had her first kid. Another one of those godsend gifts my wife was smart enough to say yes to while I was like, what do we need that ugly thing for? While Savvy ate and then took her 20 minutes upright digestion time, I semi-snoozed in the glider. After all, there was no sense in both of us being awake, was there?
But that didn’t last.
I realized that there was maybe something to be gained from those dark hours of the night, when it was just my little girl and me, and sometimes the dog; but usually he stayed upstairs and slept with Michele.
Come back tomorrow for the next installment of Savvy Stories chapter 3
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