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tales of something simple - August 2012

i believe

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

all types of chaos

dear marley, you kinda make me wanna punch myself in the face

Lovely little lady…what is your deal?  Every day, you wake up at 4:30am.

Every.

Single.

Day.

You do not go back to sleep.  Oh no.  Sleeping is for BABIES you say.  Sleep time…is…OVER.  I suppose it could be worse?  You could wake up and be screaming for hours and hours, totally inconsolable and I would be awake snuggling, rocking, jiggling and singing to you wondering what I’ve done horribly wrong as a parent to not be able to make you stop crying.

Instead, you are happy as a pig rolling in shit, smiling, laughing, pointing, climbing, chit chatting to the dogs and getting into every possible drawer, room or cubby hole in the house.

You will someday see why this is just literally bat shit crazy.

I often ask for advice from other parents.  Women in my Mom’s group with similar aged children.  Friends.  Family.  Total.fucking.strangers.

They ask things like, “is her room dark?  do you use white noise?  does she have  a lovey?  have you tried letting her cry?  is she hungry?  is she wet? do you feed her and put her back in her crib?  have you tried co-sleeping?  have you tried ignoring her entirely?  have you tried getting her up and pushing back the time she eats?  have you tried putting her to bed a half hour later?  have you tried putting her to bed a half hour earlier?  have you tried having her nap less during the day?  have you tried a projector on her ceiling to entertain her?  have you tried toys in the crib?  have you tried selling her on Craigslist?”

We have tried everything.  Except the Craigslist part.  Those people are a little creepy.  You are JUST UP.  It has been this way for months.  It feels like years, but you aren’t even 1 year old yet so I think it is just months.  At least you are happy to start the day, but I struggle with this part.  Until I have had an insurmountable amount of caffeine I find 4:30am a bit of a struggle and let’s face it, the dogs are shitty babysitters.

So miss. I will continue to get up with you.  I will continue to read you stories and play the part of egg shaker in the band.  I will make you pancakes at 5am (the from scratch kind too, not that Bisquick crap, so remember that) and I will sing you the ABC’s while you eat them.

I will also happily snuggle back into bed when you want to take a nap at 7am for two hours, which makes perfect sense considering I only had four hours of sleep the night before.

And girlfriend…

YOU BEST BELIEVE that yo’ ass will be making me breakfast, fetching my coffee, unloading the dishwasher, making your Dad’s lunch and taking both dogs for a three mile walk when you are sixteen and think it’s acceptable to sleep until noon.

You got it comin’ to ya’ girlie.  You got it comin’.

I love you chickadee.

This is you. At 5:30am. So cute. Most of the time.


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