For all brave and tired parents out there

The reactions on Twitter to my post here from yesterday were unexpected, funny and heartwarming. (Also: scary.) I put some of them together on Storify to share.

(If anyone can tell me how to embed this better/prettier, please do!)

Making it look possible – working through small baby sleep deprivation

  1. Working full time with a small baby? The challenges. @stuffysour is told You make it look possible  – but at a cost
  2. @profserious @AtheneDonald thx! Sounds like @stuffysour has a harder time than I – couldn’t do it without @expertsleepers being around!
  3. @DrAnnaLCox @AtheneDonald @profserious @stuffysour #ucl gives 3 months teaching sabbatical when u return after mat leave. Essential!
  4. @DrAnnaLCox @AtheneDonald @profserious @stuffysour tho when twins were 5 mo I went into liver failure. Docs wouldn’t believe I hadn’t +
  5. @DrAnnaLCox @AtheneDonald @profserious @stuffysour slept more than an hour at a time for 5mo, & didn’t think sleep depr was cause of illness
  6. @DrAnnaLCox @stuffysour @AtheneDonald @profserious yeah. Tbh, 1st six months with twins was a nitemare, so it’s just part of that!
  7. @stuffysour @AtheneDonald Agreed! The sleep deprivation made maintaining concentration and memory a huge challenge.
  8. @melissaterras @profserious @stuffysour @expertsleepers When no2 was ~8 mths my legs so feeble when lecturing thought I was developing MS
  9. @AtheneDonald @stuffysour Motherhood has had big impact on my career. My kid is 3 and has slept through only 5 times since birth. Knackered.
  10. @AtheneDonald @melissaterras @profserious @stuffysour when no2 was 12mths I told GP “feeling this tired all the time just isn’t normal”
  11. @AtheneDonald @melissaterras @profserious @stuffysour honestly thought I must have a serious illness. GP told me to move to the countryside!
  12. @AtheneDonald @stuffysour Even part-time the sleep deprivation with no. 2 was almost unendurable. How to think with cotton wool for brains?
  13. .@drkatedevlin @stuffysour @AtheneDonald Mrs A said recently she couldn’t recall an undisturbed night’s sleep in 10 yrs. Jr 1 9.5, No.2 5.5.

About steffi suhr

Once upon a time, I was an enthusiastic and hopeful biological oceanographer who did a bunch of work in the Antarctic. I was alternately wearing labcoats or extreme weather clothing and hard hats, but have long since swapped survival suits for dress suits and do science management, currently as the BioMedBridges project manager at the European Bioinformatics Institute. I still like to use my brain. I'm a German serial expat, currently - again - living in the UK.
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