I know, I know, I have been inexcusably negligent in updating this blog. Don’t worry, I have lots of pictures to make up for it!
Things are getting better around here, in large part due to the fact that we’ve given up on the whole crib thing the last few days. Baby is in bed with us, and we all sleep better as a result. When she was sleeping in the crib she’d get up 2 or 3 times a night, up for an hour and a half or so each time. She would often wake up when I was trying to put her into her crib asleep, and then I’d have to start all over again. THAT was frustrating. And exhausting.
But when she’s in bed with us, she sleeps for large blocks of time, wakes up to eat just once in the night, and is back asleep quickly and quietly. Who knows what the battles will be like in the future, but for now, Johnny says that my mental health is more important.
It’s been a tough ride. The pressure of providing 24-7 nurturing can’t be explained to you until you’re in it, and by then it’s too late. I never really appreciated how challenging the first weeks would be, but have been so glad to have lots of support. My clever friend Natalie recently told me that the first six weeks totally suck and that everyone goes through it, and it’s nice to know that others have the same experience.
Also thanks to Natalie, we went to our first Mommy and Me group the other day, which was really nice. It’s good to get out of the house and talk to other moms.
Recommendation for people considering having children: Do it because you really really want it. Don’t do it on a whim, and don’t do it because you think it’s going to be fun all the time. It’s not. It IS rewarding (and I’ve been assured it will get even better) …. but you would NOT want to walk into this experience lightly.
So, back to the events of the past week.
First and most importantly, ’tis the season and Aili is now acquainted with Santa Claus! Never mind that he was in his 20s and was from South America.
As you can see, this was a profound moment that affected her deeply: