My daughter was a dream sleeper from the time we took her home from the hospital. She'd wake once a night between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. for a bottle, and promptly passed back out. However, just because she back to sleep right away, didn't mean I did. Most nights I'd be awake for another hour, at least, Googling things on my phone, trying to wind back down after being awakened by her cries, and cursing my husband for snoring through it all. Clearly, I learned the hard way that there are things every mom needs to know to actually enjoy sleep. Again. Hopefully. Well, maybe.
When my daughter was a brand spankin' new baby, I had the hardest time falling asleep at any hour, day or night, and even long after she had already peacefully drifted off into baby dream land. My mind would always start racing once I heard her cry in the middle of the night, and I'd spend hours trying to get back to sleep long after that cry ceased and she was properly fed, changed, and back to feeling comfortable. Thank goodness she only ever really woke once a night, right? Otherwise, I truly have no idea how I would have survived the newborn stage.
Now that she's older, I still occasionally have to remind myself of a few key things in order to get back to sleep after being woken by a tiny human. If she's teething or has a cold, she sometimes struggles to sleep through the night and, as a result, needs to be settled back into bed (and I often wish I could just stick a bottle in her mouth and calm her instantly, even though that's no longer an option). Once all is well and she's under the covers, snoozing away, I start to run through the following list so, hopefully, I can start enjoying some sleep, too.