A lot of times we as parents tend to focus so much on the negative (or I do anyways). Sick kid, whiny kid, no money, getting shit on or at… sometimes it seems that nothing will ever go right.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t take pleasure in being negative… unless I can make it funny, so I try to look at what is going right. Even if it’s something tiny, it makes me feel a little bit better.
If everything in life is in total upheaval, if it’s been the worst day ever, if I feel like punching a hole in the wall… I always know that at the end of the day- my kids will go to bed and stay there. I have good sleepers, and that’s something to be happy about.
I hear horror stories from other parents about how their kid, even at 2 years old, has never slept through the night. They wake up multiple times, refuse to go down, or argue for a half an hour about it… mine don’t do that. Holden may have been held in my arms for every nap for the first 2 years of his life, but now he goes into his room at nap time without any kind of fight. That’s not to say he always goes to sleep, but at least he’s in his room. He rarely wakes up during the night and when he does it’s no big deal to get him back down.
Parker is still sleeping on me for every nap during the day, but he falls asleep almost instantly. At night there’s no rocking. He goes straight into his crib and goes to sleep within minutes. No crying, no whining, no noise. I can’t even remember the last time he woke up in the middle of the night. He doesn’t get up until the morning time, and if he wakes up early he lays there quietly until we come and get him. Even at his sickest he only spent one night crying. Every other night he slept loudly, but peacefully.
A good night’s sleep is key on those bad days. Sleepy mommy does not make for a happy mommy- but with my two turds I know i’ll be getting sleep because they won’t be keeping me up… and if nothing else, at least there’s that!
You wouldn't sniff a stranger's butt to see who pooped their pants.... so you probably shouldn't do these other parental things to strangers, either. holdinholden.com/2017/12/weir…
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You know that feeling when you don't chew a chip all the way and it cuts you all the way down and you swear it's gonna kill you, but you go ahead have another right after? That's what it's like when you decide to have another kid.