6, 2001 - Tuesday
In talking about the struggles of managing his two young kids, a cousin of mine
once commented that you learn quickly what's really important. I think he was
initially going to be somewhat philosophical about it, but what followed was
more practical and he talked about what's important for just keeping them and
their parents happy. "Sleep, that's probably the most important thing,"
he said. "And then there's," he paused, "well, there's not much
that's as important as sleep."
I've taken that comment to heart with Harry and over his life we've been really
quite consistent about staying on his sleep schedule. I've known it won't kill
him if he misses a nap, but I do know that it can make for a long day. I've
even wondered whether Harry's good sleep habits are part of what makes him such
a good kid. Maybe other, less well behaved kids are really a lot like Harry,
but just without the sleep. Today, Harry finally took a solid two hour nap today
at daycare and it made for a much easier evening than we've had over
the last couple of days
And, of course, sleep is good for parents, too, and last night Jeremy and his
parents slept for almost four straight hours. Actually, I should reword that
because, unlike with Harry when I would wake up as often or more than his mother,
with Jeremy I have been remarkably able to sleep through much of his nighttime
vocalizing, including his calls for food or a change. So, it's more his mother
who benefit from the longer night's sleeping.