It’s amazing how quickly you forget how exhausting the first few weeks with a newborn are.
It’s even more amazing how exhausting the first few weeks with a newborn are when your toddler decides to stop sleeping in her own bed at night and is awake more than your newborn.
Oh, Abby…we love you. We love you, but you’re driving us up a wall. Luckily, the love outweighs the driving.
The patience that’s been required in this household has truly been unbelievable. With both Travis and I up what feels like all night, me feeding our hungry, hungry hippo and him taming the other beast (that would be Abby), we are both exhausted. Practicing patience at 3:00am with a toddler who’s been sleeping through the night for a long time now is tough.
Then we remember that we’re all going through a transition right now. Abby’s not exempt from that.
And then we remind ourselves that it’s only temporary…like so many challenges in parenting (teething, sleeping, frustration with communication, etc), this too shall pass.
Soon we will be a household who enjoys sleep again.
On the bright side, after a week or so of this craziness with both girls awake in our bed practically all night (thank goodness we got the king size bed), Abby slept in her big girl bed all night last night without making a peep and Mac only woke up to eat three times and she went back to sleep immediately after each feeding. In total, we got around 6.5 hours of sleep…Travis and I both felt like new people this morning.
Overall, things are going well. I keep having to remind myself that we’re not even three full weeks in yet and things will soon feel “normal.” We get to spend time with the Sandman family in a few short weeks, I will eventually get to go back to the gym on a regular basis (I’ve gone twice and it felt so great to have a little “me” time), and we will sleep more in the near-ish future.
The most important thing here is that our girls are amazing and there are so many moments when I’m reminded that I’m the luckiest Mom on earth…those moments look a little something like this ::