Monday, October 4, 2010

The Hard Days

Things with Aubrey have definitely gotten easier as time has gone by. She has her nice, predictable schedule, we are getting to really know each other, and she is just so much more fun than she was at 3 months. I've gotten used to the changes I've had to make as a stay at home mom...I don't always get to shower or eat lunch or get the things on my list done that I want to get done, but I really am fine with all that.

Then, there are days like TODAY. Hard days. Days when the fussiness starts at 8am. Days when she just does not want to nap or be happy. Days when she wants to get into EVERYTHING and even a trip to Target doesn't hold her attention. Days when I know she's not teething, but I give her baby Orajel anyway, hoping maybe she is teething and this will make her happy again. Days when I envy the celebrities who can afford nannies to watch their baby on the hard days so they can escape and go shopping or to the gym. Or out for a margarita. No nanny for me, I am the nanny. Even with my makeup on, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror today and thought, "AHH!" I looked like I just ran a marathon. I FELT like I just ran a marathon.

4:15pm hit and I was running on fumes. So I picked up Aubrey and said, "Sorry girl, I need 15 minutes" and I put her in her crib. I heard her make some yells for me, but I needed a breather. And the poor dog needed to go for a walk. After ten minutes, her room was silent. She was asleep. Looks like I wasn't the only one who needed a rest!

Lesson learned: If Aubrey is so fussy that I can no longer keep up with her, chances are she is just as tired as I am.

Today was rough, but I’ll take it. You gotta take the good with bad. I just hope we are back to the good tomorrow!


  1. I totally sympathize. Somedays, you just gotta put them down where you know they are safe, and walk away. Probably the best lesson I've learned in my sons short 9 months.
    Good on you mama! We ALL need our 15 minutes, it makes us better moms.

  2. Thanks! It definitely makes me feel better when other moms tell me they do the same thing :) It's amazing how much better you feel after just taking a few minutes to breathe.

  3. I hear you too! Mine is just shy of two months and was fussing so much the early yesterday morning I put him in his bouncy seat and went in the other room. For my sanity it was the only choice. Five minutes later he was asleep, and I wasn't far behind him!

  4. If Jack's not hungry, hurt or dirty and the fussiness doesn't stop after about 5-10 minutes, he gets put in bed and 9 times outta 10 he's asleep within minutes.

    Good for you for taking some time for yourself!