My child is a bundle of joy lately. Or whatever the opposite of that is. He has been really whiny and really clingy. But, I get it, The Gnome is teething. He’s had 2 teeth come in this week and he has one more that is giving him a hell of a time. So I am trying so very hard to be patient with him. I know he hurts. And he wants mama.
As a result of the teething, his sleep patterns have been way off. He has been waking up more at night to nurse and getting up for the day much earlier than usual. So now we have a tired mama and a very overwhelming and needy baby. I am still able to be patient.
As long as I get at least 2 hours of naps each day. Even though he needs to nap on my lap, I still get quiet time. As long as I can have those 2 hours a day to not have to focus 100% of my attention on The Gnome, I will survive. If I can have my 2 hours with my sweet baby boy sleeping on my lap, then I can deal with whining and clinging. I can deal with being kicked in the ribs and woken up for nursies several times a night. I can deal with unloading groceries from the car by myself with a baby in my arms. I can deal with not showering alone for over a week now because no one else is good enough.
As long as I can have my 2 hours of naps.
But when I don’t get that time, I start to do dumb things. The Gnome didn’t nap for longer than 15 to 20 minutes all day the other day. He was soooo cranky and fussy. Finally I got him down (after 45 minutes of rocking and nursing) at about 4pm. But he was on my lap and I had dinner on the stove. I knew that I needed to stir the beans about every half hour. But he was asleep!!! Finally!
So, I didn’t stir the beans. I let my adorable, sweet baby boy sleep on my lap and I finally finished something I had been working on all day. He slept for an hour. And in that hour…
I destroyed dinner.
And I destroyed a Calphalon pot.
But you know what? It was worth it. Mommy needs nap time. Even at the cost of dinner and relatively expensive cookware. It was totally worth it. Because I was able to deal with the resulting clean up with a smile on my face. Because I was recharged and refreshed.
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