When I found out that I was pregnant with our fourth baby, I had only one thought on my mind:
Oh my gosh, I will never sleep again!
We had just reached the point in our parenting career (ha) where almost all of our children almost always slept through the night. And now, we would be starting all over.
Last night, I was having a total “off” day as a mom.
All day long, my 2-year-old was being a crazy person, literally destroying the house every time I turned my back and even doing the classic kid cliche of unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper and ripping it into tiny shreds. The baby wouldn’t nap, and I had several work assignments due that I just couldn’t focus on. There was so much laundry I was drowning, and I had to make a cake for my mom’s birthday and even though my husband had the day off, he was busy with his own stuff and I felt that familiar breed of overwhelmed mom resentment growing.
I finally finished my work at 11 o’clock at night (after picking a ridiculous fight with my husband over his TV choice in the background, of course), put the baby down after feeding her, and crawled into bed. When she woke up a mere 45 minutes later, seemingly up for the night, I wanted to bawl.
If you asked most mothers what their favorite time of day with their little ones is, you might get the typical response of, “bedtime!”
And on many levels, of course that is a great time of day–there’s nothing quite like the scent of freshly-bathed babes and children, looking all cute and cozy in their pajamas, and that moment when the whole family piles on the bed together to read a nighttime story.
But if I’m being totally honest with you, there are also nights that I completely dread bed time. By that time of night, I am so exhausted and even though I want to make bath time and story time fun and loving, I also just want to get it over with so I can collapse into bed myself–for a few hours until the baby needs to be fed again, anyways.
Which is why, if I had to choose, I would say that morning is my favorite part of the day with my baby.
With my first baby, I happily registered for the sweetest little white bassinet for our baby shower.
It was trimmed with lace and frills, with a delicate silk green ribbon running along its curved top–you know, in case we had a boy next, so it wasn’t too girly. I imagined days spent gazing over the side of the bassinet at my perfect little baby in our perfect, pristine nursery as the soft hazy glow of motherhood surrounded us both, making me look tired but yet serenely beautiful.
And my dreams came true–for about a week anyways. And then the bottom on the bassinet gave out and started to curve and my daughter wouldn’t sleep in it for more than a millisecond and same with baby #2 and then when baby #3 was born, he was a giant baby and wouldn’t even fit in the darn thing at all, so I wised up and finally dragged out the playpen into our bedroom.
If I had one word of advice for pregnant moms, it would be to forgo any cutest little bassinets for baby and instead, invest in a really nice playpen, because it’s really the one piece of equipment you will need to save your life. A good playpen can be the baby’s crib, can fit in your room or any room in the house, and it can do double duty as a bassinet, bouncy chair, changing table, and dresser. (Yup, I store clothes in the bottom of mine.)
And if you’re really, really smart, you will pick up this Graco Pack `n Play Cuddle Cove Premier Rocking Seat Play Yard, because it really is the coolest little girl’s play pen I have ever seen.
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