My Baby Made A Liar Out Of Me

Hey, remember a while back when I was gushing about what an easygoing baby I had? How she slept in blissful 2 hour increments in her cradle and didn’t make a peep?

She decided to make me a dirty, fat liar. Because now she has developed a sudden aversion to both her cradle and her swing.

Last week, we had a great routine down. Feed every two hours, mom and daddy slept the 2 hours in between feedings.. Daddy would go to work in the morning and mommy would feed Nellie, put her in her swing and Nellie would immediately pass out. Mama would do laundry, clean, do dishes, eat, etc. By the time that was all done it was pretty much time to wake the baby again and feed. It was great. Sometimes, mommy even caught a midday snooze while baby slept.

Well that’s all in the past. Now Nellie will not sleep in her swing or her cradle for anything. By the way she screams when she wakes up discovering she’s anywhere but on mommy or daddy’s chest, you would think that her cradle and swing were filled with snakes that were hissing, squirming, and biting her on her tiny little butt. I mean she SCREAMS. Red-faced, swinging her arms and crying the injustice to the universe. HOW DARE YOU PUT ME DOWN, she wails in her babyspeak. Nothing will quiet her except being picked up and cuddled. Oy vey. It’s really crazy. This means, of course, almost zero sleep for mama. Daddy is now officially working 12 hour shifts at his job, so he is gone from 7 PM to 7 AM several days a week. Last night I think I got 2-3 hours of sleep total. The only way I was able to get any rest was to prop myself up in a semi-reclining position on the couch, put her on her belly against my chest, wrap the Boppy around her legs so I wouldn’t drop her and snooze that way. It’s not the worst way to sleep, but for one I don’t like her sleeping on her belly and for two, I don’t get very restful sleep with her noisy little baby snores! But I did what I had to in order to get some rest. I was seriously bursting out into tears every failed attempt to put her in her cradle.

Hopefully this is a phase and it, too, shall pass. Right now I am typing on our new laptop (our desktop computer was almost 5 years old and had contracted a virus that was so nasty I literally could not open a single thing on my computer – not even a system restore. So with our income tax refund, we managed to snag an Acer 5532 for right around $330. Not too shabby. It’s taking some getting used to, especially since while typing my fingers keep bumping areas on the mousepad and moving my cursor places I don’t want it to go.

Okay, now I have to go because my kid is screaming in my ear. Apparently not even laying on my chest works to calm her now. Awesome.