Getting hours of consecutive sleep is a luxury we all tend to take for granted until baby makes his debut. During those first few precious weeks, sleep will seem about as attainable as getting East and West coast rappers to hold hands and sing "We Are the World."
You can take a little bit of the edge off by enlisting your parents or in-laws to help with feedings (unless you're exclusively breastfeeding), or otherwise keep the baby occupied when you need some extra shut-eye. Lauryn Gorli of Atlanta reaped the benefits of such an arrangement.
"My mom spent two weeks with me, and then my mom-in-law came right after and stayed for a week," said Lauryn. "Both helped with the late night and early morning feedings so I could rest."
An extra hour of sleep in the morning goes a long way toward lessening baby-induced fatigue. Try not to worry about missing out on quality time with your little one. There'll be plenty of opportunities for you to get up at 4 a.m. once your in-laws have gone back home.