So, why haven't I been around?
I didn't want to jinx Lily's sleep.
Yup. It's true. She's actually been sleeping and I was afraid as soon as I said anything about it that she would develop vampire powers and stay up all night and suck all the milk out of me [cuz that's what baby vampires do if you didn't know]
So how did this blessed miracle occur? I'd love to tell you that It was all through the power of prayer and I just sat in my rocking chair one afternoon praying over her room and POOF magic baby sleeping powers...but no. It took work.
When she cried, I didn't bring her in my room. I wanted to, I thought it would be easier with me laying down and all that jazz, but I didn't. I got up, went in her room, rocked, sang, and only nursed her as a last resort. For the first few nights I did this up to six times a night. [Kill. Me. Now.] But for the past...almost week...here's been the routine
8:00- In bed [awake if possible, no more nursing to sleep]
1-2:30ish- Lily wakes up and I rock or nurse her
6-6:30 Lily wakes up and comes to our room to nurse/nap with mama and dada.
Cringe if you must, but this is a HUGE change in what was going on.
Also adding to the "Thank you, Jesus for rest" list would be my husband.
This week we had a sort of "staycation". He quit his dead end job on the 15th and has been home all week. [As we speak he's on "audition" number two at the perfect job for him/us, KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED!!!!] He's taken Lily to the pet store to let me get a nap, helped me cook when I feel like I'm gonna puke my brains out, helped me clean and do laundry, rubbed my back while I was bent over the toilet...it's been unreal.
Side note- My daughter is a freak. The first time I barfed she came to the toilet, laughed, and started hitting me in the head with the toilet lid. After a few times she knew that dada comes and rubs my back, so she started to pat my head and back when he's there. When Eamon was at work and I started to spill my guts, Lily stood in the doorway, one foot in, one foot out, looking up and down the hall saying "DADA!!!" checked back on me "DAAA-EEE" It was like she was saying "Uhhh, hey man, mom's doin that thing again, can you please get in here...I'm not certified for this" I wanted to laugh...but, you know.
I know some of you totally understand what it's like to have your husband gone 14 hours a day, or who have husbands that are working out of town most of the time, but I tell you what- women who don't, DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YO MAN! This new job could allow Eamon to be home for supper every night, to be here for bath and story time and still have time to do his school work at night. It seems too good to be true, but we're praying that it's not.
Well, Here's some pics of what we've been up to this week