Re: November Infants and Toddlers
posted at 11/26/2012 12:31 PM EST
Hi everyone, happy Monday! :p
I'm starting to try and catch up with all the November posts. Thank you to those who wondered about me, that was very sweet! And I just put it together, Fram, that you friended me on facebook! I didn't recognize the name so haven't responded! Sorry!
I just quickly read the past two pages here, looks like Rama, Luv, and I are in the same boat! It’s actually really wearing on me that I have no time at all to myself. I’m back to work every day except Wednesdays, and often have the kids alone weeknights through dinner and bed (husband has unconventional job and often has to work in the evenings), and often a lot of the time on weekends too, so by the time they are in bed I’m exhausted, but then DH needs attention. So that leaves ZERO ‘me’ time. Those of you with two kids older than mine (3.5 months and 2 years) – does it get easier???
DS (3.5 months) does not sleep longer than 2 hours at a time. Ever. Oh, well, except when I have insomnia. Then he’ll sleep 4 hours and I’ll lie there, waiting for him to wake up. I feel guilty about this, but I’m almost about to give an exclusive nurser a bottle of formula at 10pm in hopes that will help him sleep a bit longer. Is that terrible? I’m just not sure how much longer I can physically handle the lack of sleep.
Ug, naptime and holiday parties. They are always *exactly* at naptime! The way we decided to deal with Thanksgiving this year was… host! Made my first turkey. And told people we were eating at 3pm. AFTER nap. (Of course, in reality, we ate at 4pm. How do people get all that food ready at the same time???) Obviously not everyone can or wants to host, but it was such a relief to be able to control it this year. Saturday afternoon we had a wedding shower for a family member, and my DH was working so I brought both kids. Crap food and no nap for my 2 year old, and she was AWFUL all day on Sunday. I will not do that again. If I have to I will tell people we’re not coming, or are coming late/leaving early in order to preserve some semblance of a schedule. Medford, your description of DD at Thanksgiving made me LOL.
Fram – I feel your pain. We could never CIO either when DD became a toddler. I swear she could scream for 8 hours if we let her. We had to do what you’re doing a few times when she went through a phase of waking up, and eventually it did end, but it felt like eternity as it was going on.
Luv, congrats on the potty breakthrough! I have no advice on pull-ups; I bought some but don’t have the energy to deal with all that just yet…