Monday, January 5, 2009

it would be fair

to say, that we are in a rough patch.

One of our roughest of rough patches. Andrew is up and about every night and we have our hunches that he is a sleepwalker of the serious sort. Isaac has drawn out a cold/upper respiratory infection/cough for over two weeks now and is also up frequently at night. And, to put it mildly, Andrew has been difficult during the day.

I'm just plain pooped.

Today I was thinking that all of this feels like training. I feel like I am training for some hard core experience that will be demanding both day and night, physically and emotionally. I thought and thought about what kind of thing I might be in training for. And then it came to me. More mothering. I am in training to just keep doing what I'm doing.

oye vey.

And speaking of hard work of the mothering sort, it appears that Loba will have having that baby sooner rather than later. Labor has begun! Congrats little family! Ready yourselves for serious training!


Robyn said...

SO EXHAUSTING. (I'm Melissa, by the way, not you). I wish there were a way to just guarantee you one good night's sleep and one day to yourself. If you find a magic way to make that happen, let me know. "They" say we will look back at these long nights and early years of our kids' lives with fond memories. I know "they" must be right. but in the middle of the night, it's hard to recognize that. Hard to recognize pretty much anything when you are so exhausted.

It has nothing to do w/ this post, but your kids are SO cute and I'm glad we've had time w/ them!

Tara Whalen said...

So sorry sis. Hang in there.
Hopefully your boys will be sleeping tight again soon.

Danielle said...

That's so hard. I think I know what you're going through!! Hang in there!! Sleepwalking, though. That's intense. Hope your little guy feels better sooooon!

Cat said...

I have had some sleepwalking experience myself when I was younger and they almost always happened when I had something hard to diggest before going to bed... Maybe it's something you want to look into? Hopefuly things will get better for all of you... Do you at least get to nap at all

Robyn said...

Interesting, Cat. I haven't thought about the diet angle. I was thinking more stress/anxiety...though I'm really not sure what he would be stressed or anxious about. That part is not clear to me. No naps. I think that is why this time is particularly hard day and night and the periods of rest are hard to find.

I just keep telling myself that this is a rough patch. And rough patches usually end at some point! So, hanging on until then! ;)

Robyn said...

I think the diet thing could be very interesting to look at...that book I recently read (optimum nutrition for your child's mind) talks about food and sleep. Sugar can be a biggie. But some kids, if they have a bit of a food sensitivity can be really affected in sleep.

By the way- I'm not you. I'm Melissa.

debs14 said...

Just to throw another theory your way - is it just pure coincidence that it has happened at a time when his little brother is ill and you are undoubtedly having to give him more attention than normal? Or if you are worried about little Isaac, Andrew may be picking up on your anxiety. A few little lavender drops in his bathwater, and a few sprinkled on his bedsheet/pillowcase may give him more relaxed sleep.
Goodness only knows where you get the strength to get through these times, but trust me you will and it WILL get better - honest!

tami said...

i like your revelation about training for more mothering. you hit the nail on the head with that one, for sure. and very impressive, your clarity of mind, given your sleep conditions these days! :)

take care of yourself.