Wednesday, February 23, 2011

aw man, i was trying to be better about this...

I must admit, I don't know how you mommas do it who are able to find time to do a blog post several times a week if not every day.  I'm not there yet.  But I hope to get there one day.  Evenings are much smoother around the stable (my nickname for our home - stable for Steeds...ah well, I thought it was clever) regarding bedtime for a certain little baby.  And that has had tremendous trickle down effect for the rest of the family, particularly for me.  Not only am I just plain getting more sleep at night, but I can also set aside time for things that I need/want to get done in the evenings.  It's pretty lovely, though I tend to grossly overestimate the amount of energy that I'll have by the time 8:00 or 9:00 rolls around.

And so, this scatterbrained post is simply to say that I hope to be posting more frequently (in the evenings) and (gasp!) will be posting photos.

Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

you know what? i'm tired.

Maria's been up every two hours (on the dot) the past four nights.  What happened to that span of two or three weeks of one nighttime wake-up?  I'm longing for those days.  Getting hour-and-a-half increments of sleep consistently is taking a bit of a toll.  I know this is normal for infants and all that, but I must say that I'm sick of hearing about babies who are sleeping through the night at this age.  Right now Maria is sleeping in our bedroom, but both Drake and I are ready for her to be elsewhere -- buuuut, where will she go?  I know the obvious answer is that she would go in Thomas' room, but that brings on a whole new situation to adjust to.  Is it better to have just me on little sleep or start dealing with a potentially sleep deprived toddler as well?  That's somewhat rhetorical, though I'd welcome any experiences/insight/advice any of you have with adjusting your kids to room sharing, particularly adjusting a nursing infant to a toddler's room.  Maria is about 4 months old, and Thomas will be two this week -- thoughts?

I think all moms are sleep deprived to some extent.  And it really affects my mood - one or even two nights of shoddy sleep I can seem to manage just fine, but three or more nights really is tough.  The kids don't always nap at the same time, and, when they do, Maria will sometimes only nap in the Moby.  And then when I wake up to loads of laundry waiting to be folded and put away, dirty dishes in the sink, toys strewn about the floor, well, it takes a great act of the will not to sink into instant discouragement that sets the tone for my day.

So this is what I'm going to do with my tiredness today.  I'm going to offer it for a few specific intentions that friends have expressed -- several newly pregnant families, K who is getting married this week, D as she takes her nursing boards, and L as she awaits ankle surgery next month.  I'll keep each of you and your intentions close to me today.  I'm one tired momma, so I'm fully confident that you'll all get many prayers on your behalf!

And in the sharing insights?