I think Kate is having an adjustment period now that Den is home. Unfortunately she’s taking it out on me. She’s super happy whenever Daddy is home, she gets all I’m so freaking excited I’m going to run back and forth and Daddy will PLAY with me ALL NIGHT OMG! And really, I love her joy and excitement. It’s awesome! I love how he jumps right in there and lets her stand on him, hang off of him, push him around with different games. Unfortunately when he’s at work – which he has been all weekend – she’s driving me freaking insane. She isn’t sleeping well and she wakes up sobbing because her paci fell 3 inches to the side and she can’t find it. She throws tantrums over every little thing, from screwing the lid on her sippy cup herself to throwing something in the garbage can. And most notably she is refusing to sit with me on the couch. It’s almost like she’s too wired to sit still, but at the same time she’s sobby and hyper-sensitive. Yet when I pick her up she squirms and says, “Down.” If I ask her if she wants to lay on the couch with Mama she says, “No!” It sucks because that was our daily routine, every morning we’d get up all bleary-eyed and tired and lay on the couch together watching TV. Sometimes just 10 minutes before she hopped down wanting breakfast, sometimes an hour or more while we waited for Ember to wake up. I loved that time with her, and I also really feel like it helped Kate organize her thoughts and start her day… not that she needs it, but it worked. Now she’s just a mess.
Ember has a little cold and for the first time something is really messing with her sleep. She napped okay, but yesterday she wouldn’t go to sleep until 10pm and today I got her down at 10… and back up at 10:30. Her nose is stuffed up and every time I take her in the bedroom she’s just screaming from being overtired and pissed off that she can’t breathe right. When she woke back up screaming at the top of her lungs she woke Kate up. Yay. (They’re in different rooms still… but the walls aren’t exactly thick.)
I hope all of this settles down and things go back to normal soon. Especially because we have several transitions planned and I’m not doing a damn thing while they aren’t sleeping to start with. I’ve decided it’s time to get Kate a twin bed so that we can move the crib into our bedroom for Ember. She’s going to be rolling and crawling in the next couple of months and she doesn’t seem particularly keen on the cosleeper. She’s been sleeping in my bed while Den was away and since I have to transition her into her own bed I figure we might as well just make it the crib instead of doing one thing now and another switch later. Then at some point we need to tackle the “paci fairy” and somehow convincing her to give up her pacifiers… I have no idea how to do that one though, since not only does she use them in her mouth but they’re her comfort objects that she carries around. And then potty training. And I have no idea what order all of that is going to go in.
Right now, though, I’d be happy if my kids went back to sleep. Somehow while writing this post I ended up with both kids awake and sitting with me. They must have a cold. :(