Two Weeks In
I won’t lie, I was apprehensive about going from a family of four to a family of five. Don’t get me wrong, we were (and still are!!) very glad of this change, but I wondered about the day-to-day logistics of being outnumbered by cute little irrational people. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the transition has gone. Maybe it’s just that I’ve got my expectations set right around rock bottom. I planned on giving myself three months to get back into the swing of things–I know that’s the point where we’re back into a rhythm and can’t remember how we did things before the new baby. Several people had asked us about how things were going now that Gemma was here, and I (rookie mistake) told them that we were all doing well, and that I really thought the adjustment period would be harder.
I think a lot of parents would agree that as soon as you say that your kid is a good (insert descriptive: sleeper, eater, etc.), then he or she will immediately cease that behavior and all hell breaks loose. Also known as: the power of the jinx.
Oh, sure, there was the time on our second night home from the hospital when Sophie spiked a fever, threw up in her bed, and basically didn’t sleep. Luckily, my parents had decided to stay for one extra night, so it was my mom who stayed up with her, while my dad took care of getting Grace off to school in the morning so we could sleep.
But nobody else got sick, friends and family have helped us out with meals so I have barely cooked, and Joe’s work schedule has allowed him to help more at home when needed.
Then Sophie decided to give up her title of “Best Weber Girl Sleeper.” She will be fine when we tuck her in, then when we leave the room, she gets up and starts crying for us. Some nights she’ll be fine if we leave the bedroom door open, some nights she’ll keep it up for hours… only to start again at 5 am or whatever ungodly hour she awakens. (Oh, and then she threw up again one morning, just to keep it interesting.)
I expect two to three hour snatches of sleep with Gemma (occasionally I get more! glory!) but oh, it is not fun to deal with Sophie during those precious hours. We’re running out of ideas, so any suggestions are welcome… until then, I’ll be drinking lots of coffee and praying for really good naps for everyone.
On the plus side, Gemma had her two week checkup and has surpassed her birthweight, so I feel like a breastfeeding boss.