I try to be upfront about how I feel because I appreciate it when others do the same. Motherhood is great, I love Emily to pieces, but last week I was having a rough time with things. I was taking care of Emily practically by myself since Michael was working so many hours and she would NOT let me put her down without screaming and she decided she was just too cool to sleep so I would spend hours at night trying everything to get my screaming baby girl to sleep. Even nursing wasn't working. That usually works like a charm. I felt like I was at my breaking point.
Then, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go on a walk with her and her baby around our neighborhood. I jumped at the chance to get out and whine to a fellow new mom about what was going on. I was hoping for some support and maybe some advice. Of course, it frustrated me that her baby is the same age as Emily and already was sleeping through the night in his own crib. But still, by the time I got home from our long walk (2 hours later), I was feeling much more optimistic.
Then I randomly decided to try swaddling Emily even though she fights it and loves having her arms free. I swaddled her, nursed her, she fell asleep, I slooooowly put her down in her pack n' play. She slept. Granted, it was only a half hour. But it was a miracle! Every naptime since Saturday afternoon, I do the same thing and the naps seem to be going great! She sleeps for over an hour sometimes!! In fact, the only reason I am blogging right now is because I have BOTH HANDS FREE! She is napping. IN HER CRIB. I am so so so relieved!
Emily started taking a bottle better in the last few days too. She doesn't need to since I am with her all the time but now that she can, that means I am not tied down. Michael and I can actually go out on a real date or go somewhere without worrying about being home in a couple hours. Yesterday I went and got a pedicure and out to dinner with a friend to celebrate my newfound freedom. Of course, I missed her and was happy to get her in my arms again afterward, but my mental state is so much healthier right now than it was a week ago. I'm not the only one who is happier with these new developments, either :).
Anyway, I just had to share the good news! Now for some cute Emily pictures!
All dressed for church!
Trying so hard to roll over from back to tummy! She almost has it. She just needs to figure out how to get the arm from underneath her.
Playing in her new big girl toy! We have to stuff a blanket around her in there to support her until she is a little bigger :).