A primary reason? Naps.
With an active toddler, I had to put it on my daily To-Do List. My husband would come home from work and ask, "Did you get a nap?" It still didn't always happen, but making rest a priority did give me many helpful naps.
It's tough going into the workout of labor already tired. I remember. And guess what - my body still did what it needed to in bringing my baby into our arms.
Here's what's amazing. Being rested for baby boy #2, I enjoyed every moment. I felt so alive!
I lay savoring it all with Baby nestled on me. I felt the kind of good like after a challenging run - but better. Delightful emotions washed over me.
After my first delivery, my feeling was relief. And then I fainted - twice.
And when contractions start, then rested-or-not here comes Baby. And I let go and trust the life given to me to be enough.
Any tricks for getting rest with a toddler ... or two?
Quote from Nourishing Traditions on fatigue: "Get as much sleep as your body tells you it needs! That may mean frequent naps, even a cat nap at work."