Lately, my brain is dominated by sleep and lack of sleep. Some recent observations on that topic:
One big disadvantage of having a baby and a toddler is that the songs running through my head are cartoon theme songs. Generally, it's Clifford, but the night that Thomas the Train or Wonder Pets creep in... ARGH!
Josh has slept for 4 straight hours each of the last two nights. This gives me great optimism, but unfortunately not any more sleep. The first night, he slept from 8:30-12:30, so I was still up for the first half. Last night, his stretch was 10:30-2:30, but my body is so conditioned from the last 7 weeks, that I was wide awake at 1:30 waiting for him to rally.
It's a lot easier to be diligent about sleep issues with the first baby. Last night, Scott spent an hour and a half working really hard to get Josh down to sleep. When it was time for me to take a turn, I caved after 5 minutes and just brought him downstairs to hang out. Oops! Scott called me on it and reminded me that we need to work hard now to reap the benefits later.
This morning, I spent 45 minutes rocking, shushing, reading, singing, swaying, and bouncing. At the end of it all, I was falling asleep in the rocker, but the baby was wide awake. Hmmm...
Owen's daycare is a double-edged sword. I love that getting him there gives me baby one-on-one time 3 days/week and Owen gets much needed socialization and a break from mom. On the other hand, the drop off and pick-up is a big challenge on Josh's eating/sleeping routine right now. Hopefully that will work itself out once Josh starts spacing out the feedings and taking real naps... time will tell.
I promise, more pictures are coming soon!