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Ryan Reynolds Has Discovered a Secret Perk of Parenthood

Ryan Reynolds has been so tight-lipped about his 9-week-old daughter with wife Blake Lively that we've had to resort to making things up, like her name. But there's one topic the sexy new dad seems more than willing to talk about: lack of sleep. He recently swung by The Tonight Show and, after singing "Gin and Juice" in an impressive Aaron Neville falsetto, got right down to baby business.

"Our baby, in particular, we think is allergic to sleep," he declared to host Jimmy Fallon (h/t People). "We think that she thinks she's protecting us from the sleep monsters. Like, 'Oh, I have to keep them up or the sleep monsters will get them.'"

Fabulous explanations aside, all those late nights do have an upside, which is that you can fall asleep anywhere, any time. It's one of the secret perks of parenthood, right up there with sculpted arms and a renewed love of string cheese. All it takes is being horizontal or closing your eyes for longer than three seconds and—presto!—you're halfway to REM. In Reynolds' case, it's as easy as turning on an infant toy. The hypnotic, drawn-out movements that are supposed to soothe his sleep-averse daughter end up making Daddy sack out instead. "The trick I try to use is that Baby Einstein stuff," he explained. "But for me, that's like horse tranquilizer. I could go down on a lit stove."

The audience responded with peals of laughter, but meanwhile, I couldn't stop nodding my head. If I had a dollar for every time I dozed off while trying to settle down my very awake baby, I'd have enough for vacation where I did nothing but sleep. And I know I'm not alone. When you're bone tired and your final job of the day involves coaxing someone else to sleep, how could some of it not rub off on you? Those minutes of rest that currently pass for sleep are no match for the hours of rocking, singing slow songs, and snuggling in a cozy, darkened room with baby. No one I know can resist that temptation—not even the Green Lantern.

Now it's your turn: How do you get your baby to sleep—and how do you keep from falling asleep in the process?

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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