Welcome to my less than perfect life!

Embracing the imperfections that make my life practically perfect in every way.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Game Time

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to invite you to play a game!  People of all ages, gather round for a guessing game that I like to call:

Toddler or Cat

All you have to do is correctly guess the answer to each question by using the word either Toddler or Cat.  

Winners will receive the right to pat themselves on their own back.  No further prizes exist.

So now, if you're ready, let us begin!!!

1.  Likes to scream at the door anytime she or he is not allowed to follow the dog out.
Did you guess cat?  Give yourself one pat!  He will continue to cry until the dog comes in or he manages to escape, resulting in much cursing, crying and barefoot chasing around the yard.

2.  Likes to dig into the laundry and get a pair or pairs of underpants wrapped around her or his head.
Did you guess toddler?  One more pat!  This is an EVERY. DAY. OCCURRENCE.  

3.  Attempts to get all of the things off of all of the surfaces all of the time (think counters, tables, etc).
It's a tricky one!  It's both toddler AND cat!  Did you get it right?  Once more pat for you!

4.  Tries to climb into the washer and or dryer each time that I am doing laundry thereby significantly slowing down the laundry process.
Another trick question!!  Toddler AND cat would be the correct answer.  One more pat for you my friend!

5.  Has climbed into the bathtub during other people's baths multiple times.
Cat.  It's the cat.  The inexplicable cat.  Did you say cat?  One more pat!

6.  Attempts to get into the shower repeatedly during and after my showers.
Here's another toddler AND cat for the win.  Pat pat!

7.  Meows upon waking.
Did you see this coming?  Toddler!  Hope you earned a pat!

8. Climbs on top of the furniture despite repeated admonishments.
And…it's another toddler AND cat!  Pat yourself if you're starting to catch on that they are very nearly one and the same.

9.  Loves to chase the little red laser beam!!!
Both.  Both the toddler and the cat.  Because…well, because.  Did you get a pat?

10. Is one of the great joys of my life.
Toddler.  But the cat is a close second.

Monday, October 26, 2015

3AM Won't Last Forever

During the newborn phase of parenting, I found it important to remind myself that those middle of the night wakings would end.  I needed to keep up the mantra to myself that it won't last forever.  Newborns take a lot from a parent; all of that missed sleep is such a difficult thing.  Knowing that at some point I would get back to a normal sleep schedule was the only thing that got me through.

Now, though, every night at some point, The Munchkin will fuss herself awake.  At 21 months, she goes to bed like a dream and sleeps most of the night through.  But somewhere between 3 and 4, inevitably, she wakes and needs a cuddle.

I go to her and lift her from the crib, bring her to the rocking chair and we rock.  Usually only five minutes or so, sometimes longer if one of us needs.  Sometimes I have a bit of an internal battle with myself about this nighttime ritual.  I tell myself that I am only reinforcing the waking by picking her up and rocking her.  I tell myself I should let her cry it out.  I do the thing that I often advise others not to do: I "should" on myself.

But then I remember: it won't last.  No matter how I approach the situation, it won't last.  She will continue to grow and change whether I wish it away or embrace it.  It won't be long before, like her older sister, she tells me that I am making her too hot and asks me to leave her side so that she can get to sleep.

So, on nights when my eyes are bleary from tiredness, I remind myself of how fleeting it all really is.  When my pillow begs me to leave the baby and stay, to get her fully sleep trained once and for all, I creep out of the warm bed anyway.  I find the energy for those few minutes together (how few I will get in this life).  I quietly enter her room and rub her back.  She sits up and reaches for me and we rock.  I nuzzle her head, smell her sweet hair and try to remember how fast it all goes. It's funny how in a year and half I have flipped that mantra on it's head.  Now I know, really know, that 3AM won't last forever.  And I'm going to savor every moment of it.