Sleep deprivation is the obvious culprit. I haven't slept more than 2 hours at a time since Noah was born and probably won't until he's sleep-trained. Sadly, however, sleep-training is not going as well as I hoped. His longest sleep stretch is a mere 3 hours and he doesn't seem to be very good at self-soothing.
|Don't act cute with me. You know what a pain in the butt you are!|
But it could also be because I'm sick.
And/or that I haven't touched dairy, chocolate, or caffeine in 8 weeks.
And/or I've been isolated at home because I'm deathly afraid of taking the baby out and having him catch a cold.
And/or the fact that the baby is not really on a schedule so I can't plan my day and I have almost no control over any aspect of my life. For a type-A person to not have control...well, let's just say nothing could be worse. Add to the mix that I'm generally a pessimist and debbie downer and it's no wonder the blues have ensued.
And/or the fact that I can't put Noah down for naps. The physical exhaustion of holding a 12 lb child for 8-10 hours a day is definitely exacting a toll on my achy neck and shoulders.
And/or that I feel guilty about not giving Judah much attention. Ironically I wanted to have another baby to force Judah to be less attention-needy. To be able to play on his own and be more independent. But instead it's just made him weepy and miserable every day. He constantly tells me "I missed you all day at Ms. Lori's house (his daycare)." And he falls apart every time he sees me holding Noah (which is practically all the time since I can't put Noah down for a nap). And more than ever he constantly wants me to play with him and does not play on his own. Ugh.
|My poor neglected big boy.|
This last weekend I checked in on him during nursery hour and he looked downright depressed. I've never seen him like that before. He's always a happy, hyper, active guy. But even though his favorite people were joking with him and trying to cheer him up, he just sat glumly on a chair, looking downcast.
|A rare moment when Noah isn't around!|
Being replaced by a baby has really taken a toll on poor Judah.
|Judah proudly shows off his new police badge and gave me a 'deputy' orange sticker.|
I know this newborn period won't last forever. By at least 14 weeks Noah should be able to sleep at least 5 hours at a time and take naps on his own. But that seems like a hopeless eternity when you have the baby blues.
Every morning I wake up and regret the fact that I've woken up. Every morning I have to give myself a mental pep-talk just to cobble together the will to go on.
Usually, it's just a simple mantra that I try to believe each time I repeat it--it won't always be like this. It will get better. Just get through this one day. One more day. One day more.
Or when it's really bad...one more hour.