May 18, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush,

We've taken to sleeping on the couches--it's the only way Roosevelt will rest soundly, even if it's not the most comfortable option for us. After sleepless night after sleepless night, it's the only thing we've found that will give us even fleeting rest. It's funny: all these things you imagine before your child is born quickly get shunted aside for what simply works. So for us, the security and closeness of the family bed--all of us cuddled together touching softly and sweetly as the night passes by--has been replaced by the sweaty, cramped reality of folding your body onto a couch half your size--a kicking, thrashing body clutched closely next to you--in the name of a good night's sleep.



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