Saturday, August 18, 2012

impressed

I am madly impressed by all single parents, military spouses, etc. who have to fly solo in this parenthood thing. Because, real talk, this is hard work.

Don't get me wrong. Jon and I were completely aware that this wouldn't be a walk in the park. Our parents and many other parents told us that there is no way to really describe just how tough it can be. They were so right.

Last night was a rough one in la casa de flip. Elden fought us on going down, again. Once we got him down after about an hour and a half of fussing/crying/etc., he slept in 2.5 hour intervals until 5. From 5 to 6 he was up and crying. So was I. Jon took over and brought him downstairs so I could get some sleep. When he brought Elden back up at 8 to be nursed, we switched and Jon was able to sleep until about 10:30. I seriously don't think I would be able to do this motherhood thing without Jon's help. Hence the whole being impressed by people who go it alone. I tip my hat to you.

I'm hoping this gets better and with time his sleeping intervals last longer and he doesn't fight us so hard about going down at night. He is the champion of fighting sleep. It usually ends with both of us in tears and Jon has to be the rock. I am so grateful for such a hands-on partner who willingly and enthusiastically jumps in any time I get overwhelmed (which is at least once a day). Nothing makes me feel more helpless than when Elden has gas or some other unknown ailment that makes him upset and there's no amount of cuddling/nursing/changing I can do to fix it. We love this little man so much but he can be completely exhausting.

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  1. Hi I am a new follower of your blog. I am a mom-to-be (in 10 days) and reading your posts have really given me a really great little perspective into motherhood. You seem like you and your man have it down, you help and support each other and that is the most important thing in being new parents, and in a relationship. You have to tip your hat to YOURSELVES because you're doing a wonderful job. And I know your little Elden feels all that love and support from mommy & daddy. :)

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words, Tessa! It is very encouraging to hear positive things when at times we feel like we don't have any idea what we're doing. And congrats on your little boy!

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