Friday, June 16, 2006

NPR, MD, and B#2

This morning I got two emails--one was the comment from MetroDad, encouraging us to enjoy ourselves before the great sleep deprivation experiment starts, the next one was from NPR, listing the stories that are most often emailed from their site.

Turns out that their New Advice for Sleep-Deprived Parents story is the most popular this week. With as many parents as there are in the world--two for every child, after all--it's no wonder that this is such a popular story.

My Mom has said that she and Dad used to tell each other to "sleep fast." Then again, they had six kids keeping them awake. Mom told me that when I was working at the Foolies, where I would get from four to five hours of sleep a night, six days a week, for about 10 months of the year.

The advantage of working there while I was so sleep-deprived is that nobody could tell if I was hallucinating, since every day was like a trip through a Vegas show designed by Dali, directed by Bunuel. It was similar to caring for a baby too, with hundreds of costume and mood changes to deal with every day, moments of perilously high drama and deadly boredom, and having to hear the same stories and songs hundreds of times.

Even with all that practice, I know that I'm still not ready to be a father, especially when I hear pieces like this one, with experienced parents and researchers still trying to figure out parenting. Not that I ever will be ready.

I think the moment that I believe that I've got fathering under control is the moment that I stop trying to improve, which I never want to happen. Of course, that would also be the moment that life woultd throw me a curveball because life has that "watch the balding, bearded monkey fall on his face" sense of humor.

Speaking of humor, the second story in the NPR email was the one about Diet Coke and Mentos that Brother #2 and I were just talking about. Shame on NPR for stealing stories from a little blog like mine. Really. But, viewing it again got me to thinking that maybe on that picnic that MetroDad suggested, we should take along a hundred or so bottles of Diet Coke and several hundred Mentos. But watching that much Diet Coke go to waste would probably break MD's heart.


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  2. ...ready to be a fathering under control...those are really funny concepts! No really, I think that it's great to read up, practice, meditate, whatever, but in the end you just have to be there with B3 to know which end is up.

    Interesting that the NPR story suggests the middle way as far as sleep habits. Another strike against parenting dogma, woo hoo!

  3. I am so afraid of the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn. (This is coming from someone who never gets jet lag.) All my friends used to get on my case about how much I slept, usually 8 hours a night. But being preggers and visiting the restroom hourly has helped me to adjust I think.