Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adventures In Sleep Deprivation

It's 11:30am on a Tuesday morning and I'm sitting on my couch when I'm supposed to be at work. I'm currently 2.5 hours late and counting. Babykins is teething and had a really rough night. From 3:30am on he wasn't able to rest longer than 45 minutes. His Daddy and I tried to go through his usual routine this morning so I could get us both out the door and off to work (I get to bring him with me every day) but he was. not. having. it.


This basically sums up how the entire household is feeling lately.


He is just so miserable and it breaks my heart while destroying my nerves all at once. I just FB whined all over the place and got some really great (I hope) suggestions to try for him so there's hope.



He's finally FINALLY asleep right now in his swing and I'm sitting here. Not at work. But on my stupid couch with tears streaming down my face. I'm exhausted and stressed out and worried about my job.



I had to take a day off last week because after an especially busy day at work running errands and lifting 18lb baby and car seat in and out of my vehicle 15 times (yes, I actually counted) I was in so much pain the next day I couldn't go in.



And now this. How do people work full time with a baby and not get themselves fired? He's more important to me than a job and he will always come first, even if it gets me terminated; it doesn't mean I'm not ridiculously strained and worn out from trying to come up with a solution though.



Well, the tears have stopped. Mine, anyway. Fingers crossed Rowan feels better after his nap. Wish us luck!

See? It's not so bad. It's not so bad. It's not so bad.

12 comments:

  1. More power to you! Good news is, babies can't teethe forever. Hopefully, you'll still have your awesome job when he's done with his troubles!

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    1. Very true. I mean, there are only so many teeth in that little head of his after all.

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  2. This, too, shall pass. You will all survive, just as numerous others have. It is good to share these moments with others, for ideas, feedback, strength, and to recall that you are not alone. You are human, Mom. And you are a great Mom. Hugs.

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    1. You are seriously one of my best cheerleaders. Thank you Annie.

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  3. It's great that you get to take him to work. That's a huge advantage. I mean, we should still get that year of maternity/paternity leave that every other country in the freaking world gets, but given the circumstances, not bad. He is adorable and looks a crazy amount like you. I did surprisingly well with sleep deprivation, but I think that came from years of coping with drunk-sleep. Our kid loved chewing on a semi-frozen washcloth. Or, have you tried tying him to a stray dog and letting the dog roam your neighborhood at night so that you get to sleep and the rest of the neighborhood has to suffer? Remember, it takes a village...and a stray dog. That's me, full of practical parenting advice.

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    1. You think he looks like me? It's the angry face and the baring of the few teeth he has, isn't it?
      I tried your advice the other night and scoured the neighborhood for a stray dog. All I could find were a couple of punks with skateboards riding around vaping. They selfishly refused to help. My village sucks.

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  4. Well, isn't your sailor a little cutie-patootie!

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    1. Why yes, yes he is, said the non-biased mother of said sailor. ;)

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  5. Doesn't time fly? That's one sailor you got there.

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  6. I get you on the sleep thing, and the thing about the baby being more important than work. That's a really big problem for me because I work with kids and suddenly all these kids are a distant, distant second to my own kid. However, I finally get what it's like to be a parent a little more so I can relate to parents a little more. Also, your baby is the cutest. I like the upside down shot. It's a blast to make them laugh. Baby giggles should be able to avoid world war 3 if they would just give these babies a chance at diplomacy.

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  7. Well despite your exhaustion and trauma, you look great! And R. looks happy and adorable. Goddamn teeth, causing misery! Hope things improve in your sleep/work/tiredness. :)

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