I'll be honest- I have lots of stay-at-home mom friends, but I never understood how caring for a single newborn could be a full-time job. I mean, I figured they slept most the time, right? Like, 16 hours a day? So what's mom doing with her day while Baby's sleeping?
I get it now.
They tell new moms, "Sleep when Baby sleeps." If all Baby is doing is sleeping and eating and pooping, then all Mom is doing is sleeping when Baby sleeps, feeding Baby (which, in my case, takes an hour or more at each feeding), or changing diapers. If she wants to do anything else- get dressed, shower, feed herself, anything- she has to forgo sleep, which she's getting in one-and-a-half-hour increments.
Like I'm doing now, writing this blog post with a sleeping baby on my lap, even though I sorely need a nap. Because, once there's a sleeping newborn on your lap, it's really hard to want to get up, and disturb his peaceful slumber. He's really, really cute.