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October 12th, 2007
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From:mofic
Date:October 13th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
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Keeping the baby with you - and a bassinet or cosleeper attached to the bed is the same thing afaic - is a huge advantage just in terms of the rest you get. Parenthood is truly the end of sleep as we know it, and not having to get up and go get the baby or put the baby back in his/her room saves energy, of which new parents (particularly working new parents) have little.
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From:ringthebells
Date:October 13th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
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Yes, that seems logical to me!

At least as long as there are times when he wakes up and only needs to be breastfed, and not actually changed ... I don't think there's any way to change them without getting out of bed, is there? :P

I'm really, really fortunate in that Quebec has kick-ass parental leave; I won't actually have to go back to work until fall of 2008.
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From:mofic
Date:October 13th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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It is not a bad idea to have a changing pad, diapers and wipes by the bed.

I had 8 weeks of leave with each of mine and went back to 50 or more hours of work a week right away. So my memories of their infancy are a blur of pumping, working, trying not to fall asleep at work, pumping some more, crying, etc.
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From:ringthebells
Date:October 13th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
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Wow, that must have been really hard! I was having enough trouble staying awake at work while I was pregnant—while I was teaching I was fine, but whenever I sat down at my desk to try to work I'd fall asleep! (Thank goodness the medical establishment has decided a cup of coffee a day is okay while you're pregnant.)
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From:mofic
Date:October 13th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
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I think it's a wonder I managed to stay employed for Doran's first year!

It did make me look at other parents in a different way. I think previously I just didn't have an appreciation for how hard it is to work full time with a baby at home.
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