As a new mom, I totally thought I could do it all. In fact, I was unwavering in my determination to keep the house together, make dinner, and spend every waking moment with my daughter, all while furnishing the apartment we'd moved into right before my daughter arrived and with no help. Turns out, I couldn't do it all, and it became crystal clear when I realized newborn was trying to tell me I needed sleep me. Like, all the damn sleep.
Babies know things, don't they? They pick up on so much more than brand new, sleep deprived, exhausted parents give them credit for. In fact, and at least in my experience, it takes us a while to realize that while a baby does nothing but sleep, poop, eat, and sleep all day, they're picking up what you're putting down regularly. They're always watching, those sneaky babies.
So, sure, I guess you could argue I was so tired I could have been hallucinating, but I'm positive my newborn daughter started sending me little signals that were essentially urging me to slow down, reassess, and take a much-needed break. For example, she started preferring my partner over me, and would miraculously enjoy extra-long naps when I needed her to the most. I'm convinced she's not alone in her baby wisdom, either. So, if you're a brand new parent trying to do it all on zero sleep, pay close attention to your newborn and the signs they're trying to get you to notice. Chances are, they want you to sleep just as badly as you do.