Have you ever been so tired you couldn’t stand up long enough to shower? Too tired to cook dinner? So exhausted you fall asleep standing up while waiting for the Nespresso to brew?
If you’re a new parent, the answer is a resounding “YES!” Now for my next question – would you like to get some sleep? Even one full 8-hour night? I’m sure you’re saying “YES!” again! Well, help is on the way.
The Baby Mavens offer overnight care. Yes, that’s right, we will care for your newborn(s) overnight while you sleep. ALL. Night. Long. Maybe you already knew that, but you weren’t sure what an overnight shift might look like. Here’s an example, but remember every family is different, so your needs may be very different!
I arrive at 10 pm to find mom and dad semi-comatose on the couch with their 3-week-old baby between them. He’s asleep for now, but due to eat soon. A quick check in with the parents and I learn that things are mostly going well but that mom’s PPD is causing her extreme anxiety. She, along with her physician, have decided that breastfeeding is causing her far too much stress, so she is no longer nursing. Both parents seem relieved with this decision. She is going to continue pumping as often as she feels up to it, but at this point, we will be using up the freezer stash and transitioning to formula. Mom happily reports that she is going to bed and will see me in the morning. Both parents retire for the night.
I move baby into the bassinet and tackle the dishes in the kitchen. After the sink is clean and the dishwasher is running, I prepare a bottle of Expressed Breast Milk for the baby who is now awake and ready to eat. He hungrily downs all 3 ounces and of course needs a diaper change afterwards. Then, I re-swaddle him and settle him back into the bassinet. With a little bit of shushing and swaying he falls back to sleep.
I gather his laundry from the nursery and start a load of his clothes. There are towels in the dryer which I fold and put in the linen closet. Now I settle in on the couch next to the sleeping baby. I doze off as I listen to his sweet little baby sounds. At about 2 am he awakens me looking for his next meal. I quickly get a bottle prepared and feed him. This time he’s so sleepy it takes a little prodding to get him to take more than an ounce; he keeps falling back asleep. Once he’s all settled back into bed, I go downstairs and move the laundry to the dryer. Now I rest some more myself.
4:30 am and baby is stirring, but not really awake yet. I stick the bag of breastmilk in a cup of warm water and run down and grab the laundry so I can fold it after he has his bottle. He wakes up and has his bottle and another diaper change. He’s bright-eyed and wide awake. “No, my little friend, it’s not wake-up time yet!” It takes a bit of shushing and swaying to get him back to sleep. I finish folding the laundry and quickly put it away. The dishwasher is done, so I put the dishes away as silently as I am able, so as to not disturb the parents or the baby. All bottles are washed, the Diaper Genie is emptied, and I am able to close my eyes once again…
5:50 – my silent alarm goes off and I wake up, careful not to wake the baby. I fold my blanket to the back of the couch and fluff the pillows the way they go. I run into the powder room and brush my teeth and hair before greeting the parents for the day. I meet Mom in the kitchen at 6:00. She’s feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day!
So, I ask you again, how can we help you? #TheBabyMavensDoThat