So groggy that you can’t form a coherent sentence? Been there.

By Karen Belz
January 18, 2018

In the weeks leading up to the birth of my daughter, more people than we could count told my husband and me, "Better sleep now while you can!" We laughed them off, foolishly thinking that our situation would be different. We'd work it out. We’d be parents of the year.

It was only after her arrival in April that we realized how important sleep really is. Without a proper amount of Z’s, I found that tiny issues turned into big, end-of-the-world problems. It seemed like nobody was on my side—I felt like my daughter and I were the only people in the world who made a lick of sense. (And since her favorite things in the world were her feet and a Vaseline container, at times I doubted even her.) It was during this time that we got a lot of well-meaning advice from the people around us. Unfortunately, a lot of it only made our cloudy brains even cloudier. Here are a few things I wish I had mustered enough energy to say to friends and family right after bringing my baby home.

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