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March 2, 2011

Week o’ angst

Filed under: Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 6:41 pm

Bummer.  We just heard that we have to switch up our babysitting arrangement.  Again.  We thought we had found a long-term situation, but she has decided to stick with only full-time kids.  And since we don’t want to go full-time, it’s back to the drawing board.  I actually took the news harder than I would have expected probably because I am having a tough week already and stressed about a lot of situations.  And probably because . . .

Addison has virtually stopped napping!  In January, we gave up on the two naps a day because even though it always seemed like she needed two, it hadn’t been working very well for months.  The one-nap plan was golden for a few weeks, but for the last few days or weeks (who can even remember now???), we are lucky to get 20 or 30 minutes.  She’s a one-year-old for crying out loud!  She’s acting like she needs less sleep than her parents . . . and if this persists and she actually does need less sleep than her parents, just shoot me now.

I feel a little stuck between a rock and hard place with nap-time working: if I don’t prepare myself mentally to get work done, plan out what I’m going to do the minute she’s asleep, I inevitably squander the time.  But if I do make plans and she’s awake and calling for me 20 minutes later, I feel all this frustrated angst that I didn’t get done what I planned to do.  Clearly, there’s been a lot of angst floating around this house for the past few days . . .

And you know what that means . . . use a lot of ellipses?  Perhaps, but more importantly, BABY ANIMAL time.  I usually start by looking back at this post because aren’t those some of the cutest baby animal pictures you’ve ever seen!  And then if I’m in really bad shape, I start googling monkeys in diapers . . .

Tail holes?  Seriously?  Who can stand it?!

Okay, I think I’m ready to get back to work.



  1. Trust me, I TOTALLY hear you on this one. Never fear, though. This is just a phase. Seriously. I figured out after a few desperate weeks of some serious angst that Felicity just wasn’t getting enough energy out in the mornings. So I have a more rigid schedule with her now where we are usually out the door by 10:30 or so for a walk or playground time, cause otherwise she’ll just goof off in her crib and never take a nap. And I must say, it’s worked really well.

    It’s a little tough now, ’cause Addison is just starting to walk independently, but I’m confident that this is just a phase and once her legs catch up with her she’ll need some rest. Just give her some time. But you truly have my sympathies. Nothing is more frustrating than a baby that won’t nap.

    Comment by Jen — March 2, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  2. Jen had a great suggestion. I wish I had thought of that when mine were little (are they still little, can I call them little?) I Love that picture, and your method to calm down. I might have to steal it 😉

    Comment by Jolene — March 3, 2011 @ 12:27 am

  3. “like”

    Comment by Nikki — March 3, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  4. Linds, I hear you on the no naps. Emma was never a good napper, and still needs very little sleep to function (how do they do that?! It’s hard to believe I used to be like that). Anyway, I will tell you now, how helpful it is. She is up and going in the morning, usually helping her sister get ready for school while Will (and occasionally I) are getting out of bed and slowly getting started. Can’t tell you how nice that has been with a newborn! And weekends she won’t even come and bother us- she just turns into a minnie mom. I so love that girl! And those years of no sleeping where I thought I would die from her not sleeping are totally being repaid.

    And I wish I could be up there closer, I would take Addy in a heartbeat. She is so adorable. Can’t you finish school down here? 😉

    Comment by Ish — March 7, 2011 @ 12:51 am

  5. It’s a constant back and forth between me and Madeleine for my studying time. I’ve been experimenting with waking up an hour before I have to go to work (while she’s still asleep) versus after she’s asleep at night. And if I can get anything in during naptimes, I count it as extra. Doesn’t always work, but it’s a work in progress! =)

    Comment by Soo — March 17, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

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