March 16, 2008
Maggie was not very much into napping this weekend. Just a one hour nap both Saturday and today (and just a 45 minute nap on Friday at daycare) For the past 3 months, she has been waking up most nights at least once. A lot of it was caused by her being sick back in January and February, but even now that she’s better, she’s still waking up. Part of me thinks it’s now a habit (A BAD HABIT) and now more recently I think it’s because of some teeth trying to poke through those top gums. Either way: NOT FUN.
Most nights I’ve been able to get her back to sleep rather quickly with a little bit of a bottle. But I’ve really been trying to avoid doing that if I can because she doesn’t NEED the bottle, she’s not hungry. She’s just awake. A few times I was able to get her back to sleep by snuggling on the couch for a while… but at 3am, when I know if I just stick a bottle in her face, she’ll be asleep in 5 minutes. It’s just so much easier… and my bed is calling me… I just don’t want to fight it.
This weekend was kind of sucky. Dan is on ‘night duty’ at least one night each weekend, just so I can sleep through for once. And it used to be that it didn’t matter which side of the bed the monitor was on, because she’d sleep through the night with no problem. But now, not so much. So Friday night, he got up with her, but she was having none of it. And same thing last night. Mommy to the rescue (but then, during the day today, Mommy wasn’t good enough, she wanted Daddy. grrr)
The thing is, even though she woke up both nights and was up for about an hour each time, she slept until 9:30AM- and so did we!!!! So our whole day was thrown off. We had a ton of stuff we wanted to get done (see previous post…) and with our late start and her non-napping… it was just not happening the way we’d planned.
Normally, this stuff doesn’t bug me too much. I’m pretty laid back and cool (as in, nothing phases me, not ‘I sit at the Cool Table at lunchtime’.) But lately I’ve noticed in myself a very very short fuse, and I get very frustrated very quickly. Mostly in the middle of the night when Maggie is screaming at me, but even today when I realized I had left the can of paint for the kitchen cabinets out on the deck all winter so it was now frozen, and in order to paint the trim today, I needed to go buy more paint and waste a half-an-hour we DIDN’T HAVE… argh. I was a little irritated and may have slammed a few doors. Maybe.
I guess it’s just being tired and worn out and just needing a break that’s making me less tolerant of Life In General. I love Maggie and we have so much fun during the day, really we do. I just wish our good sleeper would come back, and we could get back to normal. Mommy and Daddy are TIRED, Sweetheart.
She definitely knows how to make things better though. Tonight, as she was fighting bedtime after being awake and tearing around the house for 12 hours, minus a 1-hour nap, she was snuggling on my lap, facing me. She pulled out her pacifier and leaned in to give me a huge, sloppy, wet ‘kiss’ on my chin. Twice.
The girl knows how to work it, my friends. We are in big, big trouble.