Luca Cruz arrived last month, making the former "Lizzie McGuire" star Hilary Duff a new mother. Even with all the new experiences that come with first time motherhood, for Duff the “biggest shock” so far is that babies don’t sleep much.
(This, of course, comes after previous surprises that babies don’t come with manuals and that you have to feed and water them too.)
Duff says she had a hard time adjusting to the short sleep schedule. Despite all her efforts, Luca wouldn’t budge. What a jerk!
“The first week I was like, ‘I’m doing this, I’m good. I can not sleep, I can do this,” Duff told People Magazine. “Then it hits you – the fatigue.”
The tired mom then turned to common sense. Friends and family had been telling her throughout her pregnancy that she needed to sleep when the baby sleeps.
So, the 24-year-old actress began taking naps when Luca slept. Genius!
“I thought when he was napping that was the time I could do all the things I needed to do,” said Duff. “It’s a fine balance.”
After two weeks of waking up in the middle of the night for feedings, Duff and her son Luca were able to negotiate an agreement. The “terror” baby finally surrendered and the 5-week-old is now sleeping through the night.
“He’s really a good baby, I promise,” said Duff.
Luca has recently been sleeping for up five to six hours at a time, but Duff still fears that the recent calm is only the eye of the storm.
“I’m waiting for the tables to turn,” she said.