Second night syndrome is a term that's popping up more and more in discussions about newborns, and generally describes the chaos of a baby's second day of life, categorized by inconsolable crying and constant feedings. It is, in my non-medical but very much experienced opinion, hell on Earth. But, if you're lucky, you don't have to face it alone. There are ways a grown-ass man can support his partner through second night syndrome and while none of them are easy all of them are appreciated.
I have two children — 6 and 4 years old — and I have a confession: until today, I had no idea what second night syndrome was. In fact I'd never even heard of it until someone mentioned it a few months ago. As soon as I learned what it was, I thought: "OMG YES! THERE'S A WORD FOR IT!" While this didn't happen with my second child, it perfectly explains my experience with my first. My husband vividly remembers that night as well, mainly, he says, because of the look on my face. "You were just so completely broken, and I felt broken because I knew I couldn't help you."
But he could help me and, thankfully, he did. Because he's a grown-ass man, and if yours is too, he can try any and all of the following to help you survive second night syndrome.