A night away from the baby can be really restorative.
Royals: They're just like us...well, at least where the sleep deprivation of new parenthood is concerned.
While it might be easy to assume that Prince Harry and Megan Markle are immune to this (thanks to the help they presumably have in raising their son, Archie), recent comments indicate that the royal couple is dealing with something we all know very well: The sleep deprivation of early parenthood.
The new father recently spent the night away from his wife and son while visiting Amsterdam on a work trip. We imagine Prince Harry missed baby Archie terribly—who else remembers the first time away from baby? Insert sobbing face emoji here, because it's tough no matter how refreshing or necessary that time away may be. But Prince Harry quickly learned there's one major upside a new parent runs into when spending a night away from their baby for the first time: Sleep, glorious sleep.
"Having spent last night here, I don't know about you guys, but it was definitely the best night's sleep I've had in the last four months," Prince Harry told the crowd, according to Us Weekly.
Um, relatable! As we all know, those first few months with a new baby can be just straight-up exhausting. Of course, not all of us have the opportunity to step away for a night—whether it's because you're breastfeeding, you don't have someone else who can spend the night with your baby, or because you simply don't feel ready for this kind of separation, not every new parent can relate to Prince Harry's restful night.
But let this serve as a reminder: It's okay to take some time to take care of yourself, even if you are a new parent.
We talk a lot about the importance of self-care, but that doesn't just mean sneaking out for a massage or buying yourself a new candle: Sleep is arguably the most important aspect of self-care. So maybe you can't get away for an international overnight trip like Harry, but maybe you can sneak in a long nap while your partner holds down the fort.
The bottom line? You owe yourself some rest if you're a new parent—even a royal can understand how restorative that can feel.