I needed a laugh tonight. It had been my intention to post my Do Good Summer Reading Challenge post each morning and here it is 9:30 PM and I am just now getting to it. Josie was up at 5:50 AM. Here is the official SHOUT OUT to The Hubs for getting up with her. I got to stay in bed with my little Lily who joined us at around 3:30 AM. But, by 7 AM the household was buzzing and and by the time we left for school at 9:00 AM, I knew Josie was going to be a BEAR today. On top of getting up at 5:50 AM, she also did not go to sleep until 10 PM last night. So, while she normally gets 11 hours of sleep a night, she only got a little less than 8. Not good for an already moody nearly 4 year old. After school, she was exhausted and unwilling to take a nap. So I laid with her for an hour while she cried and finally she dozed off. But by that time, it was 2:35 PM and there was no way she could sleep past 3:30 PM. Do you see where this is going? I set her little pink alarm clock that she picked out at Target and it started buzzing at 3:30 PM and then I lovingly stroked her face and hugged her and welcomed her back to the world of the awake. But, my Josie is not a happy person when she is awoken before her time and she proceeded to scream for another 40 minutes or so. Only this time, the screaming ignited a hissy fit from her sister too. As I repeated my mantra, “This Too Shall Pass” in my mind, I tried to think fast. I knew she was just tired and cranky and I also knew that if I didn’t get a moment of silence, I was going to lose it. So, I said let’s go to the mall and buy that new underwear you were asking for. Within a minute, the waterworks had stopped, Josie had her shoes on and was helping Lily into hers. So yes, not my proudest moment as a Mama and not the kind of behavior I typically reward, but Josie got her Days of the Week Underwear from Old Navy and Mommy got her peace and quiet.
That was a long digression, but I do feel better having gotten that off my chest. So first, thank you for listening. Second, you will now better understand why I felt a sense of camaraderie with The Mama at keepingitreal4mamas. I was searching WordPress for humor tags and I read a couple, but this one spoke to me. You see, The Mama’s latest post is about how she can claim victory (at least for this moment) in getting her child to take a bottle. I like that she saw the humor in the situation – it is necessary as a mom to be able to step back and laugh at yourself sometimes. But I also like that she is airing her dirty and clean laundry to help first-time moms survive the first year. No matter how much you read, you are always surprised by something in your first year (or maybe 10) of motherhood, but this mama is attempting to help other moms feel “normal.”
I experienced a child who would not take a bottle and it is a hell I would not wish on any other mama. Kudos to moms who are perfectly happy to breastfeed exclusively, but I was a mama who would have given almost anything to have been able to hand a bottle to The Hubs, go out for a girls night and give my boobs a rest. But my sweet, lovable, animated little Lily refused. That is, she refused until 2 nights ago when, at 22 months, she found a bottle stuck in the back of a cabinet and decided she had to have it at bedtime. Really? I am embracing the humor in that tonight and hope you can too.
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