The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright

Not only is Thanksgiving just around the corner so is Ava turning 3 months old. She’s been in this habit for the past week where she wakes up for his middle of the night change and feeding and then doesn’t sleep until 2-4am. This is not good for many reasons.

1) She then sleeps for 12 hours and her entire day is gone or she’ll wake up a few hours later take her morning nap and then sleep all after noon into the early evening. So this becomes hard to manage because I try to anticipate when she’ll wake to play with her and whatnot, but she’s not having it.

2) This becomes Ava play time. Why sleep when she can play mommy?  No she doesn’t want to play during the day when the sun is out, she’s a nocturnal beast.

3) This is the worst, I have to start getting ready to go back to work and my day starts at 6am. Thankfully my husband has changed his hours to where he is working at 7am instead of 3am. This has already been working out much better.

I originally wasn’t going back to work until the beginning of the year. Due to our financial state we can’t afford for me to wait that long. It was also more of my choice because I don’t like how tight things are money wise and I have to start paying these medical bills somehow. So anyways now that I’ve complained about my money situation blah blah blah moving on.

Ava is apparently like me as a baby, always has to fight sleep. So here comes when I have to teach her to sleep on her own, but most importantly it’s not Ava chooses when she sleeps. It is the hardest thing. Hearing her cry makes me insane I just want to hold her and stay with her, but I know she needs to be on this schedule otherwise I will never sleep and I will go insane. Some questions I get asked:

Why don’t you sleep when she sleeps?

Okay fair enough I do try, in fact today I took a nap for a couple of hours while she slept.  It during the day I have things to do: laundry, bills, dishes, cleaning up in general, etc. Besides my work schedule is 6-2:30 so I really can’t take a nap until AFTER 2:30. Thank God I work from home which makes things easier.

Why don’t you just let her sleep she’ll change her schedule eventually?

Eventually is now. I can’t have her awake all night, she’s proven that she can sleep for 7-12 hours at one time I just need her to adjust that to the night time. Like if she slept at 8 and slept that long I’d be fine.

Why don’t you wake her up and try to keep her up then?

Fuck that. My child is so me it’s like “you want me awake?! FINE I’LL SCREAM THE WHOLE TIME!!” Its best to let her sleep, and the pediatrician told me the same thing, to let her sleep and eat as much as she wants because she’s a baby.

Why not cosleep with her, make it easy in yourself?

I coslept with her for about 2 weeks after she was born. My husband would leave for work and she’d wake up for a feeding and I’d just let her sleep with me. The reason I don’t like doing that is I’m so terrified of crushing her. Also she sleeps just fine in her bassinet so I don’t feel like she needs me there. Also, I don’t see an issue with the whole crying it out thing.

So I have tasked myself to start forcing her to realize that she sleeps when it’s time to sleep. I have to stay strong and stay firm with her. My parents told me that when I started to just cry it out it took me 2 1/2 hours to finally stop. So I’m ready for a long night. I don’t know how other parents do it, I think we all just hope what we’re doing is the best and go from there. So if you have a different approach that worked then awesome, I’m going to try this way.

My favorite piece of advice I got my from my sister was. “It’s your baby. If you want to cosleep with her or have her cry it out it’s up to you. Just don’t wake her up while she’s sleeping unless you absolutely have to.”

Here’s to the Nights We Slept

Here’s to the Nights We Slept

Ava is officially 2 weeks old…and I now see how having a baby can cause strain on a relationship. The lack of sleep alone could cause all kinds of problems. 

It has been a definite struggle keeping up with Ava’s ever changing schedule. Zach and I have had our first fight which was due to lack of sleep and a crying baby. We talked through it though and I think that things are just harder than we anticipated. Zach has been working 12 hour shifts since he started back at work this week which means we don’t really see him. I was also used to the tag team of things in the middle of the night, I can no longer expect that. So we have to compromise. 

Mommy (me) is working to stay on the baby’s schedule. Daddy (Zach) is working to try and work out time to be with us and get adequate sleep. I’m sure someone is asking “what about his days off?” Zach’s job is VERY VERY busy right now which is great for the paycheck, bad for the relationship. 

He often works great 10-20 days straight until he gets a day off. He never says no to the overtime, because we need it (who doesn’t these days?). When it gets too much I do tell him to take a day off, but only when I see that he’s practically a zombie going through the motions. I’m beyond thankful and proud of him because up until this week he was working and going to school full time; at one point he was working 2 jobs and going to school full time. Unfortunately due to some unforeseen circumstances, Zach is no longer going to school. It’s okay though, we roll with the punches and I truly believe everything happens for a reason.

I know it’s tough and Zach does too, but at the end of each day we manage to make it to bed with a smile. Every time the baby cries at night, at first it’s a little overwhelming because we just want to sleep, but the second we see her it all seems to melt away. I don’t know, and more importantly I don’t want to know, how people beat/kill their babies. I don’t understand what happens in their mind that makes them snap. I’m just thankful that it’s not like that with us. For sure we want to have more kids, but not right now. At least that’s how I’m feeling while I’m healing still.

Fears

Fears

I don’t have a clever song lyric to put as a title this time. I’m terrified. Terrified knowing now I’m having a girl. I’m going to be quiet honest here…I’m a shit wife, I’m a shit woman for the most part. I’ve always been the tough kind of girl. I’m the girl who at 5 years old knocked out her brother’s bully. I’m the girl that was seen as “one of the guys” until they realized I had boobs. Now here are things about me that are totally girly. Tools, cars, dirt I hate/don’t understand. I still can’t tell the difference between a needle nose plier and a wire cutter. They seriously look exactly the same to me. I’ve always had my dad and figured he’d always be around to help me out or tell me what guy to call to fix things for me. Now I rely on my dad and my husband for these things. I’m not ashamed to admit it, part of me believes in roles between men and women as well in relationships and that’s why it’s more important for them to know. Then there’s my sister, she’s her own handyman and it’s awesome, but I just never hit that point of caring enough.

Why I’m a shit wife and woman. I’ve always been a bit independent and intimidating. On the first date with my husband I went on and on about guys I have beaten up…thankfully my husband thought that was awesome and is socially awkward so he didn’t hang onto it too much. A guy I was into before meeting my husband would tell me how he was working out to get stronger and build muscles. What did I say “still can’t take me down.” SHUT UP! It’s like a weird defense mechanism. It was like I was saying “emotionally I’m fragile, but don’t worry physically you can’t hurt me.” What girl does that? When we started living together I would cook for my husband every night….for about 2 weeks to a month. This was after I changed my schedule to ensure I was home before him. Remember when I said I was lazy? I hate cooking. I really do, I hate doing laundry…that chore started falling to my husband. Then came a point due to our job situation where he was practically the stay at home husband/fiance and I was the working wife/fiance. I took a lot of things for granted. I did stupid things and developed bad habits, I mean he did as well, but he’s not as stubborn as I am. We had to move in with my parents for financial reasons on both sides and then I really started to see how shitty of a wife I truly was.

My mother is a tough cookie. I mean seriously. My mom was always hard on me and my sister and more leaniant with my brothers. My mother is a first generation immigrant. At 14 years old she came to America from the Phillippines and grew up in the Bronx. My mom is a badass. She’s tough, but she loves just as hard. Growing up I would ask my dad why mom was so hard on me. And my dad would try and explain, I wouldn’t get it still. Then he would just sigh and say this infamous line “one day when you’re older you’re gonna say ‘Dad I get it’ and I’m just gonna smile and shake my head.” Yeah that’s happened. Exactly as he said. My mother has 5 children, 3 of us (now) live at home, and my grandparents (her side) live with us too. I have seen this woman wake up at the crack of dawn (most mornings she beats the sun) make coffee, and open windows, doors, and blinds to let the sun in. Then she mentally goes through what everyone’s schedule is. She makes breakfast for my dad every morning knowing if he doesn’t eat after a certain amount of time he gets a terrible headache. She makes sure all of us kids are up when we need to be, have what we need, takes care of my twin nephews (while my sister and brother in law work). Oh my mom works for home while doing all this. She then also makes sure she cleans every day  and by the end of the day you’d think she’d look awful with bags under her eyes, hair everywhere just purely exhausted. No, she’s still as radiant and beautiful as she would be if she DIDN’T do all those things. My mother also speaks 3 languages….yeah I’m slacking in nearly every department. She’s truly superwoman and I’m over here working from home struggling to get the damn laundry…which my husband still has to remind me and sometimes finish for me.

I’m scared that I won’t be that to my daughter. I’m scared I’m going to come up short. I really started freaking out about these things, and then I got some clarity. My husband said to me “I know you. Once you set your mind to it, you get it done and it’s better than you thought.” My father said “Drea, if you don’t like those things and you’re afraid change it. It’s that simple.” My mother “it’ll come with time. You’re already doing good at changing your eating, everything else will comes.” So today I feel better. I’m still scared, oh boy am I scared, but as I said before it’s not about me anymore. It’s all about my daughter and I hope that one day she looks at me the way I look at my mom. With pride, a bit of envy (mostly her hair because I got my father’s. Oh and how she can look 20 years younger than she is) and absolute love and adoration.