Do you have a ghost baby living in your house? Some days I think I do. It was especially true shortly after my daughter was born. At the hospital we delivered in, the staff would take the baby at night (if you wanted) and bring them back to you for feedings. This allowed the parents to get some much needed rest without having to worry about the baby.
Well, we opted to use this service. My wife was so exhausted after her long labor. I thought it would be great and allow us to get a good rest. However, I found myself waking with a start several times during the night when the baby was not in the room. I could swear I heard the baby crying and my body jolted awake! It was frustrating and comforting at the same time. I was frustrated that I couldn’t sleep, but at the same time it made me feel like I might make a good parent in a time of uncertainty.
Six Months Later
Well, my baby has been alive and safe for the last six months, but I’m still having phantom cries. Is this normal? I don’t know. They have decreased in frequency significantly since my daughter was born. When we first brought her home, I was hearing phantom cries several times a night. Over the next few weeks it decreased to 2-3 times a night. Now, I only get 1 or 2 events per week. Of course, she doesn’t sleep quite as well now, so maybe it’s just more real events!