You know what I took for granted? Sleep. Before kids Russ and I could do whatever, whenever, sleep in on a random Saturday, the works. When Charlotte was born she was actually the easiest baby and started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old (only getting up at 1 am to eat, and 6 am, then going back to sleep until 8:30 or 9) and she was amazing.
So what did we do? Have another baby because hey, this whole parenting thing is pretty easy!! ha. Elle? She has been the worst sleeper compared to our previous experience with Charlotte. She didn't truly sleep through the night until 11 months old. We tried EVERYTHING. I cannot tell you how many times I was up from 11 pm-3 am with a screaming baby. I would collapse on the floor once she was finally asleep but I couldn't relax because I knew she would be up at 6 am and what if she cried before then?
It is amazing to me how someone can function on that little of sleep. From about 11 months to 16 months she slept 12-13 hours through the night. It was seriously amazing. I felt like a new person! But then around 16 months she got a cold, combined with 2 molars. She was up every 2 hours again screaming.
17 months she got 2 more molars and another GD cold (thanks to Charlotte's preschool) and continued the cycle of being up every 2 hours.
She just turned 18 months old and what did we do? Get a puppy. Oh also? She got ANOTHER GD cold...I am so over these germs.
So...I am sorry if this sounds like I am complaining, bc I do get how lucky I am to have 2 very healthy girls, and I love them to pieces. Plus, we did it to ourselves getting a new puppy, but here we are up every 2-3 hours again with a whiny puppy plus a whiny, coughing, stuffed up 1 year old.
Needless to say there is a lot of coffee drinking plus ice cream and wine at my house. I just feel like I haven't truly slept for 4 years now, and I KNOW this is just a season, and things WILL get better, but right now? This Mama is just a zombie.
Hang in there all of you out there that are up at 2 am, I am right there with you!!