Despite the many downsides to having surgery and being a parent, like not being able to pick my daughter up for six weeks because she weighs more than I am allowed to lift, there is one plus: early bedtimes and naps. When I first got back from the hospital, I needed to rest extra in between working and other activities, so I took naps like my daughter. Our schedules didn’t always match, but sometimes they did. And I went to bed when she went to bed. That’s nice to be able to go to sleep at about 8pm without it upsetting anyone, because they are all asleep also (my wife goes to sleep with my daughter and then wakes up early to work).