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Operation Good Morning

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Sleep deprivation is a form of torture. In the early weeks and months of having three newborns, I probably would have confessed to several murders if someone told me I could sleep in.

But as the kids sleep with consistency through the night and sanity is regained, things smooth out. But sometimes you still can't see the forest for the trees. You get into habits that were formed in the early days and forget to look for, let alone see, the big picture.

When Cintia Miranda wrote about how she and her husband take turns sleeping in on weekends, we were blown away. Seriously, it hadn't really occurred to us. I mean, we take turns all the time. One of us gets up around 5:30 or 6 a.m. to change and feed the beans, then the other one takes the second breakfast (around 8 or 9 a.m.). We had never really thought about taking turns lounging in bed.

So my husband conceptualized Operation Good Morning. One of us gets up and handles both breakfasts while the other bums around upstairs, sleeping, reading, sipping on coffee, taking long bubbly baths or playing computer games. Whatever you happen to feel like.

The person who is enjoying their free time has to stay away from the babies. It's not that you don't want see their cherubic faces, but there's a weird thing that happens when they see you (me, anyway): They freak out. They light up like the New Year's Ball at Times Square, grin and giggle which is nice. But then the excitement gets frenetic and they don't know what to do except wail when you leave.

It's cute and scary, like clowns. And since your better half is already doing all of the work, the last thing you want to do is make that work harder. But a girl needs coffee. So tiptoeing to the coffee machine happens. And it's nerve-wracking. But also fun. I feel like I'm in a Mission Impossible movie, except the security system is worse than anything they can devise in Hollywood.

And when the morning is about half over, the kids go down for their nap. Then the primary caregiver gets their own break (meaning I have to get my butt off the computer if my husband wants it, but otherwise the good morning continues for me).

It's early in our Good Morning experiment, but already the results are positive. I'm looking forward to weekends even more than I used to.


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