Living the Mom Life Day 2: The Early Sleepless Days
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, ESV)
Few people need a divine intervention of rest more than a new mom. That sweet little bundle of joy you brought home from the hospital doesn’t seem to like his bed and has decided that he would rather live a nocturnal life. Your nights are characterized by holding, feeding, burping and changing that little bundle every hour while your husband sleeps peacefully and undisturbed in bed the entire night. After you sleep for approximately three hours, the sun rises, bringing about the responsibilities of the day, which you fulfill with dark circles under your eyes. Night comes and once again, around 11 PM, your little miracle has decided it’s party time. And you begin to wonder when you’ll ever sleep again.
One thing you can count on at some point in the middle of the night is a moment of stillness, perhaps while you are feeding the baby or rocking them back to sleep. The house is calm and quiet, the baby is calm and quiet, and your mind and heart can experience calm and quiet as well. There is a certain stillness that comes in the middle of the night when everything is dark. As a mom, oftentimes it is hard to find moments of complete stillness. Your days (and nights) are filled with taking care of little people and meeting the needs of your family and household. It’s usually busy and loud, making it difficult to find quiet time to spend with God. But during those sleepless nights, you will have brief moments of complete stillness—quick, simple moments you can spend with God, basking in His presence, appreciating how He can meet you for any amount of time, no matter the time or circumstance. Our days can get so busy and our minds so full, but taking those few moments of quiet to talk to God can be just what you need.
While this season of life seems to last for an eternity while you’re in it, I can assure you that it will end and you will be able to sleep for several hours at one time again. Eventually that sweet baby will figure out that darkness means sleep, and their bed is actually quite comfortable. Your dark circles will subside, and your body won’t require eight cups of coffee by 8 AM in order to function. All of a sudden you will look back and realize that time went quickly, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time. While I can’t say that I miss the screaming baby or huge diaper explosions that occurred in the middle of the night, I do miss the dark, quiet moments while they were feeding or being rocked back to sleep. Those were precious moments and I’m so thankful I had them. So when you hear that baby start
to stir for the 10th time that night, just remember to try and appreciate the calm and quiet. This too shall pass, but the memories of those quiet moments will remain forever. Appreciate them, make the most of them, and enjoy them. And know that you can drink another cup of coffee in morning. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).