Being a mom is hard. I don't know what I thought it would be like. I guess I just thought she would sleep all the time in these early days. Newflash: She doesn't.
I'm trying my hardest to learn to live with a semi-clean house. It's hard. I would give anything for like, 3 hours to just CLEAN. But look at this face... a dirty house is so worth it.
Miss Syd will be 8 weeks old tomorrow and I feel like maybe, finally, I'm figuring her out. Here's what I know about her so far:
1) She doesn't like to take naps. At all. She would rather cry about being tired than actually sleep. However, she doesn't have much problem going to bed at night (usually around 11 p.m. - oh how I wish it was earlier).
2) In order to get anything done around the house, I have to wear her in either the Moby Wrap or the Baby Bjorn. I prefer the Baby Bjorn because it's a lot more fool-proof. Usually I will make sure she's fed, hold her for a few minutes and then close the carrier up around her. She normally fights it for a few, but if she's tired (which she normally is, see #1), she will give up and take a little nap. She has to be CALM before I put her in it though or there's no point. Now I just have to figure out how to slip her out of the carrier and lay her down so I can take a shower...
3) She wakes up every 2-3 hours during the night, like clockwork at 2:30, 5-5:30, and 7. She's up for the day sometime between 8 and 10. I prefer the days she sleeps until 10.
4) She's over the stage where she won't sleep by herself - hallelujah! She successfully sleeps in the co-sleeper next to our bed now. It takes some patting and shushing and stroking her face (she loves it!) to get her to close her eyes, but once she does, she's out!
5) She's rolling over from her back to her front already! She did it for the first time on Monday and I was shocked! She's always been very strong, but I wasn't expecting rolling over so soon!
When Steven gets home in the evenings, he is usually able to bounce her around and get her to be chill while we eat dinner. I think she's just tired of seeing my face by the time 5 p.m. rolls around - ha! 4-5 in the afternoon are very trying times.
I didn't realize how rewarding being a mom would be. Her smiles! Her almost-laughs! Her sweet coos. Her funny toots and burps. Her almost-thumb sucking (she tries really hard but can't seem to figure out how to get it in her mouth). I shower her with approximately 1,000 kisses a day. I just can't help it. Look at her sweet cheeks.
Only 3.5 more weeks until I go back to work. How am I going to leave her all day?! I'm hoping that she gets into more of a schedule once she's at daycare. I've been trying to get her on a semi-schedule, but she has a mind of her own and doesn't always cooperate. Especially where naps are concerned. Have I mentioned she doesn't nap?!