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Sleep deprivation is a killer

by Amy Troy

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

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By Amy Troy

I'm back on the weekend anchor desk after having Baby Reese on Election day.
I snapped this photograph to share a little of the joy Reese brings every day. She melts my heart!
Luckily, I'm only leaving her Saturdays and Sundays for now - you don't get back these early days with Baby. And luckily, I'm only working part-time for now - the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn is off the hook!
All you Moms out there, who, with a wink and a nod, warned I wouldn't rest again until Reese graduated from High School - you weren't kidding. However, no one spelled out I'd be getting by on just a few hours of sleep. Or how challenging that would be. I'm now writing and anchoring the news with a heck of a lot of caffeine and Visine.
So - from this first-time Mom and life-long career gal -- here's a 'heads up' to all the Moms-to-be out there (including some in our KGW newsroom). You're going to face a severe lack of sleep. For months on end. And it's a killer.
Sometimes you'll only get one hour of rest - ONE HOUR - in between feeding your baby and all the other tasks that come with her... a dozen or more diaper changes a day, mountains of laundry, etc.
Sometimes you'll be up all night with a sick baby, you'll be completely exhausted, yet you'll still have to roll into work and be flawless on the job (and look flawless too.) And somehow you will rise to the occasion. It will be hard - but you will rise to the occasion.
It's been a life-changing three months, to say the least. And just the beginning of a wonderful journey. My husband and I are savoring every day with our daughter. Hats off to all you working parents out there!