It felt like seriously no time had passed between this photo and the last photo. I had shut my eye and the alarm went off.
Easily the worst of them all. This was the crash.
Showered, but it really didn’t wake me up. By 4PM I had come to terms with the fact that I was not going to feel well-rested or at all alert.
There was absolutely no way I would have been functioning without coffee. I don’t think caffeine has ever helped me more than it did this morning.
Rise and Cry
A night in the life of a new mother— gaining a deeper understanding of physical fatigue.
In this project, a series of alarms were set to go off once every 1.5-2hrs throughout the night, simulating a parent’s typical routine caring for a newborn child. If breastfeeding, the entirety of this responsibility falls on to the mother. Because a newborn is able to fully digest breast milk within 1.5 hrs, feedings will usually take place every 2 to 4 hours, with the majority of newborns needing around 11-12 feedings per day. After each alarm I moved to a new location and stayed awake for 20 minutes, the typical time it takes for a baby to nurse, then took a self portrait. The goal of this project was to gain a deeper understanding of the physical fatigue and emotional strain nights like this can cause for new mothers.