Did you know that mothers, like, hardly ever sleep??? At least not for more than 2 hours at a stretch?! Not cos they don't want to, I assure you. Oh no... But it's cos their babies and their feeding schedules don't allow them the luxury to.
Take my baby for example: He nurses every one to three hours, for about an hour at a time, both, day and night. Round. The. Clock. -_- And it's not like he drifts off to dreamland like he should immediately after. No, this boy wants to suckle some more! And then some more. -_-'''
O-b-v-i-o-u-s-l-y, he can't have his way. I can't allow him to. I need my sanity. My space. (And my nipples, for that matter.) So, no. No suckling forever, buddy boy. Drink your fill and call it a day, please. This momma needs a break from nursing, too! And her sleep.
Thing is, I always thought I'd be able to handle the lack of sleep, you know. What?? I have a career in Advertising leh. And I was with MCKL for a good number of years. There, you go home at 9PM and you get asked, "Wah!! Half day ahhh???" Haha. So night time feeds? Aiya, wet wet water la...
But I forgot one crucial difference.
It didn't occur to me that motherhood doesn't come with Saturdays and Sundays off for me to recharge after a brutal 5 days of hard work, fueled only by 2-hour nights. Instead, it's a train wreck of endless days and sleepless nights, one tiring, zoned out, grossly overworked week after another, month after month. :-/
Don't get me wrong though. I still love babies. And I love my baby more. A part of me wishes he'd remain at this adorable, cooing, drooling age and stay my little baby forever. =) But the zombified part of me just wants to ship him off to college ASAP so I can finally get a good night's rest with a solid 8-hour sleep each time the sun goes down. -_-'''