I remember when I was 79 months pregnant with Jolie and I would read blogs of women who were experiencing life with a baby and toddler and they frightened me. Their babies weren’t sleeping through the night, their toddlers were acting up, they were finding it impossible to get anything done. “Surely I’ll be able to handle the short-lived trials better than they,” I scoffed as I scrolled down their pages.
Pride goeth before a fall.
This blog has now become another cautionary tale, literary birth control, if you will. Two kids have been way harder than I thought they would be. The biggest problem we’re dealing with right now is that despite her calm and happy nature, Jolie is not sleeping for more than 4-hour stretches in the nights. And it’s killing me! I put her to bed at 7 PM each night and she’s up at 11, 3 and 6. Mercy! A few nights ago she was up four times, Avelyn was up once (which has, thankfully, become a rarity), and Rolo was whining to go pee at 4 am so Steve let him out only to hear his barking escalate to crazy levels as he was being attacked by a pack of raccoons and came limping and bleeding back into the house so we could perform canine first aid. At 4 am. After already being up four times with the children. You can’t make this stuff up!
For all her spunk, Avelyn was a better sleeper at this point than Jolie and we never had to do the “cry it out” thing until she was close to two years old. So I am at a loss. How do you get a 5 month-old to sleep! Do they still need to eat two or three times a night? How do I cut back feedings? Do we go cold turkey and listen to her howl all night?
I told Steve last night that we need to hire someone to come and watch the girls for a week so that when we come back they’ll have Avelyn potty trained and Jolie sleeping through the night. Any takers?