My (Temporary) Parenting Experience

Two days I spent with that thing; the dreaded machine that stole sleep and relaxation from numerous seniors before me.

The first night was terrifying. Seventeen times it cried startling me from my already restless sleep. I loaded up on caffeine the following morning to keep myself awake, but only tired myself further once the caffeine wore off. Never will I make the mistake of drinking coffee to stay awake again.

(P.S. Don’t drink coffee guys.)

Then there was the silence. You’d think this was a good thing, the baby not crying at school. But in truth the thing was just saving it for later when I needed to sleep.

I witnessed classmates suffering the same curse as me falling asleep in classic pure exhaustion. There were moments I was so tired I forgot about the child altogether.

Sometimes the crying would come without warning at the worst of times. The baby was supposed to have a pattern, but my project partner had the first two days when the thing decided to stay on schedule. But by the time I reviewed it the schedule was all out of whack.

In the middle of the night I was thrown for a loop when for the first time the baby asked for the attention key. After that it was all a guessing game. Apparently the longer the baby is activated the more spontaneous the  pattern becomes. So basically I struggled.

Just in case I wasn’t clear enough, I’m referring to the senior Bible project where all seniors have to take care of a robot baby for 48 hours (or even twins if they want extra credit) with only 5 hours of babysitting allowed. Now the question is, did I learn anything from this project? While many of my classmates might disagree with me, I feel I have learned a great amount from this project.

With Mother’s’ day coming up this weekend, the project really made me take a step back and appreciate what both my parents did for me and had to suffer through with me as a newborn. This project was a real eye opener, especially since it was only a fraction of the work that is actually put into parenting a newborn child.

Did I enjoy it? Not exactly; I need my sleep. But it definitely taught me to appreciate sleep, my parents, and the next ten years plus that I won’t have to deal with parenting.

Have you ever participated in a project like this? Have some interesting parenting experiences with newborns? Please share in the comments below!

Image found here.


About Sabrina N. Mapes

There are only so many people who can say they're fans of pirates, superheroes, and violin pop; I am one of them. Some would describe me as spontaneous, others a spazz, and some a caffeine addict... that last one is no longer true.

Posted on May 7, 2016, in Top Stories. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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