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The 2:30 a.m. surprise

February 14, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

I find myself up at 2:30 a.m. all of a sudden on a daily basis.

Trouble sleeping? Nope

Took a second job as a bartender? Nope

Have a 5-week-old boy at home that gets hungry every few hours? Bingo

That's my slot to do one of the overnight feedings and it's beginning to be a regular occurrence for both of us to sit in the dark. As the boy sucks down the bottle I turn on the tube, not knowing what thing is waiting for me in the middle of the night.

Early Monday morning I caught part of a "Dateline NBC" episode. This wasn't a good thing since the story lured me in and I had a choice - put the kid to bed and keep watching or put the kid and myself to bed. I took the sleep time over finding out how the episode ended.

It's amazing what shows are on at 2 in the morning. One time they had Hoda and Kathie Lee sipping on Bahama Mama drinks in The Bahamas. It looks like "The Today Show" twosome gets a double dose of airtime overnight. It actually makes more sense to see them sucking down alcohol at 2 in the morning then it does at 10 a.m. like they usually do in their regular time slot. It's something to pass the time between baby burps I guess.

So far, what's on television is the only surprise I've gotten at 2 a.m. as he seems to save the dirty diapers lately for his mother. The first couple of weeks he seemed to be giving me all the dirty ones during the day, so I'm glad he's holding out for his mother lately. Must be that special mother-son bond.

After the bottle is complete, then I'm very interested in seeing the status of his eyelids. You never know if he is ready for sleep right away or wants to enjoy the serenity of being held by his father in the middle of the night a little more.

Ideally, his eyelids would be getting heavy and I can see he is ready to go back to dreamland. That is fine with me, because even though I'm now addicted to middle of the night TV, I'll take catching winks ahead of catching the tube anytime.

If his eyes are wide awake and it's 2:45 a.m., then I have a little more work on my hands. But eventually he'll wind down and get back to sleep.

And all parents know when the kids asleep, that is when you need to sleep. Rest does a body good as you never know when you'll be needed again and at what time.

Oh, and what will be on TV.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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