They tell you to sleep when baby does to try and catch up even a millisecond of the sleep depravity you are going through.
However, unlike my husband dearest, I am unable to press the off switch the instant baby is down.
I go through a mental list of everything that needs to be done before baby wakes up or else there is no way I can fall asleep. List is created, head hits the pillow, baby wakes up. Carry on until next sleep time. Baby sleeps, add to list, carrying forward what was on the last list because lets face it, you can’t get a great deal done with a baby strapped to you. Baby sleeps, you and hubby have dinner, watch tv half dose, say you are going to bed but on the way have 3 million little chores to accomplish, clean bottles, get something out to cook tomorrow, tidy kitchen, bring in last bits of damp washing hang on radiator, write list of things to be completed tomorrow, take off what little bit of make up remains and apply the best night cream you can afford cos lets face it, no amount of sleep is gonna help that face!
Ready for bed, find husband already in bed saying ‘I thought you said you were going to bed.’ Head hits pillow, he’s asleep, mine hits pillow baby wakes…