These kinds of nights…Invariably lead to these kinds of days. The above picture was taken at 10:45 PM. The below picture at 9:25 AM.
Miss Henley has discovered her ability to pull herself up by the bumper pads in her crib. As happy as I am for her to be growing up and learning new skills, I really wish she was stuck lying on her back or belly for a few more months! I’m not ready to have a climbing baby who refuses to go to bed. And I’m not ready for a baby who goes to be after 11:00 and wakes up at 7:00!
Henley seems to be under the misconception that incredibly awesome things are happening while she sleeps. Heaven forbid I eat a bowl of cereal without her. Or take a shower. Or make my bed. Or wash the dishes. Or just sit on the couch and enjoy a few moments to myself.
On the plus side, she does sleep the whole night through. Hallelujah. I’m constantly amazed by the truly pivotal nature of the simplest things. For example, a solid six-hour stretch of sleep can transform a haggard, exhausted mama, into an incredibly capable woman. Another example, taking a shower in the peace and quiet time that ensues during a nap is vastly more relaxing than listening to the baby squawk as you hurriedly shampoo, lather, shave, and rinse off. I’m tellin’ ya, the main thing I want as a mama (and I’m so hoping other mothers feel the same!) is to be able to complete basic daily hygiene tasks without a baby in tow.
And sleep. Mothers could always use more sleep.