Sleep, Or Something Like It

Posted on March 26, 2014

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I remember talking to a friend who had just had a baby and she was telling us about the effects that the sleep deprivation caused by a newborn had on them. I don’t remember the specifics but I do remember that the husband had started sleepwalking and their stories made us all cry with laughter. Ted and I were just dating at the time, and having children seemed really far away to me. Still that conversation made an impression on me and left me with a clearer picture of how exhausting parenthood could be. 

Since Julian has been born, I have had some of my own crazy sleep deprivation experiences.  My typical night now goes like this:

1. Put the baby down, stay up longer than I should hanging out with Ted.

2. Drift off to sleep for a little while.

3. Awaken in a panic because I am absolutely, definitely still holding Julian and he is going to suffocate in the sheets and….wait…where did the baby go, I lost him in the bed somewhere and…

4. Oh. Right. Julian is in his bed and he needs me to come feed him.

5. Fall asleep for another couple hours and repeat.

6. Variations on the theme are when I wake up and he won’t stop crying even when I’m cradling him in bed…because I’m actually just cradling some of my blankets and he is still in his crib.

 

Spring?

Posted on March 9, 2014

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Sometimes, when it is 42 degrees and sunny out,

And when said sunny 42 makes you feel like you should be breaking out the sunscreen and lemonade,

Taking your baby for a walk is basically necessary.

Even if the sidewalks in Rochester have yet to be shoveled

So walking on them means either stepping in deep icy slush or lifting the stroller over snow mountains.

Worth it. Best workout I’ve had since baby boy was born.

And he slept through the whole two hour long bumpy ride.

 

 

Arithmetic

Posted on February 25, 2014

Being up most of the night Breastfeeding + Being up the rest of the night with food poisoning = I am never eating Chinese food again.

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It’s a good thing Julian is the sweetest babe ever because I wasn’t feeling up to much high quality mothering today. Heaven help us all if it doesn’t go away soon.

Ryser Grands

Posted on February 25, 2014

Even though we live pretty much as far as we possibly can from both sets of parents without living in different countries, we are lucky to have visits from every last one of them. Of course, they’re not really coming to see us, we all know the real reason: this little muffin.

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(who, by the way, is laying next to me on his favorite pillow making little squeaky noises and sucking in his sleep.)

Ted’s parents got here the day after my mom left. Although my fear of being all alone with the baby is steadily decreasing, it was really nice to delay that milestone a little bit more. The Rysers are already such sweet loving grandparents. Randy helped cure Julian of a nasty case of the hiccups one night and Katy captured quite a few of his baby smiles on camera.We were also lucky enough to get a visit from Julian’s Auntie Maggie who is living in Virginia right now. She was so good with Julian and he spent many happy hours laying on her lap as she rocked him.

I always have a good time hanging out with Maggie. One day, she spent the night on our inflatable mattress so that we could have a sleepover and the next day, we all went to the Ryser’s hotel for the impressive continental breakfast and to use the workout facilities at the hotel. It was my first time exercising since giving birth and it went pretty well Another day, Katy, Maggie and I went on a fun shopping trip. While they were here, they also gave our house a good cleaning while I hung out with Julian. For someone like me who rarely deep cleans anything on a good day, let alone when I have a newborn, it was such a sweet blessing. Angels in disguise those guys.

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Julian had a first while they were here…first movie in a movie theater. Ted could not wait to see the Lego Movie, so one (late) night, we packed him up and took him to the theater. He was pretty good, although I did end up nursing him in a bathroom stall and even though we were extra tired the next day, I think we were all a little proud that we had successfully survived the adventure. He’s a pretty portable baby at this phase and does well when we take him to restaurants etc… In fact I think he actually sleeps better with a little extra background noise.

Thank you so much Rysers for the great visit and all you did to help us out. Julian loves you already.

She’s Home, She’s Home!

Posted on February 22, 2014

A little after midnight last night, I got a highly anticipated phone call from…

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my leetle seester who has been serving a mission in Germany and Austria for the past eighteen months! As wonderful as corresponding by email and letters has been (and I’m not being sarcastic. Her emails have been so so good and hearing how she changed but still stayed completely herself and getting to make care packages and keep up our good relationship has been such a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.) being able to just pick up the phone and reach her is going to be pretty nice. I am so excited to hear all her stories and can’t wait for her to snuggle my baby! Five more days!

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