Why Every Parent Can Relate to David Arquette's Public Blowup

Fame will get you a lot of things -- an instant following on Instagram, a fat paycheck, a home with a panic room. But even celebrity status can't guarantee that you'll get a good night's sleep when a baby is in the house.

Exhibit A: Scream star and new dad David Arquette, who made news over the weekend when he bolted out of Hollywood hotspot Craig's and away from his distraught fiancee, Christina McLarty. At one point, he told the mother of his 6-month-old son, Charlie, "I'm done. Just like your last guy," TMZ reported. (Ouch!) Gossipmongers naturally had a field day with that one, even going so far as to declare the couple's three-month engagement was off. But as it turns out, the new parents weren't ending a relationship -- they were just plain tired. "It was simply an argument between two exhausted new parents," Arquette told TMZ. "We're both hormonal and haven't slept in six months. Christina is still breastfeeding; I feel like I am."

While I'm not sure about that last part -- my guess is Christina is probably doing almost all of the heavy lifting when it comes to nursing -- I can easily relate to being cranky and tired. And I think all parents can. Sleep deprivation goes hand in hand with a new baby, which is not to say it's easy. As far as I'm concerned, it's the single toughest part about parenting a child under 2. At some point, the crushing exhaustion morphs into an all-consuming bad mood that's impossible to shake. And until baby starts sleeping through the night, there's no reprieve. So, yeah, every now and then all that crankiness has to go somewhere, and chances are your partner is the unlucky recipient. I'm just glad that my husband and I could have our sleep-deprived arguments without a team of paparazzi there to record the whole thing.

Tell us: What's the craziest thing you've done while sleep deprived?

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Image of David Arquette and Christina McLarty courtesy of Shutterstock 

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