Recent talk of children not sleeping made me want to share my night last night:
Everything was great until about 2:20 when Frisco woke up. I got up and nursed him and apparently Joe was awake because he got up to keep me company. Unfortunately, this woke up Ellie who spent 20 minutes sitting next to me on the couch screaming, "Mommy!" while I nursed Frisco. With Frisco now asleep, I headed off to bed with Ellie around 3:00 and laid there and cuddled with her until she fell asleep. Of course, as soon as I handed Frisco to Joe, he woke up and started crying his pitiful little newborn cry. As I lay there with Ellie, I could tell Joe was trying everything to no avail. Finally, around 3:20, Ellie fell asleep so I got up to tend to Frisco. As I was getting him settled, Ellie woke up again (she was probably not totally asleep when I left the first time, feeling stressed about getting to Frisco), so to make everyone happy, I just took Frisco to bed and all four of us tried to get some sleep.
Except that Frisco is not big enough yet for us to nurse successfully in the dark so I kept turning the light on to check his latch and so on. This would prompt Ellie to sit up and see what was going on. Finally, around 4:00, Ellie was truly asleep and Frisco was fussing/crying, so I got up, changed his diaper, and laid down with him on the couch. At 4:30, he needed another diaper change so I just gave up and sat out on the couch with him. I slept there until about 7:30 when Ellie woke up. Thankfully, my mom got up at the same time and basically ordered me back to bed when I told her about our night. I rested/slept in bed until around 9:00, when I was awoken by Ellie putting a quarter on my face. By that time, I felt human again.