Sunday, March 20, 2016

The "Saturday" 7

I really did start this entry on Saturday, but I got distracted . . . Levi's having his awake time now, so I'm going to quick finish it up. So sorry for the delay.

1. Levi turned 2 weeks on Monday and suddenly woke up. Especially at night. Haha. On Tuesday, he woke up at 1:30 to eat, and didn't go back to sleep until after another feeding at 4:30. On Wednesday, he was up from 2:00-6:00 am. On Thursday, it was midnight to 4. It is ridiculous. It'd be one thing if he was just awake and happy. I'd stick him in the swing and go to sleep. But he wants to be held/walked/jiggled. I told Justin that I can do magic tricks. Levi will be sound asleep in my arms. I'll lay him down in his bed and he magically jerks awake and starts screaming. When I pick him up, he magically silences again. I don't know what his deal is. I've tried gas drops and bicycle legs, but I don't really think that's the problem. I think he just wants to be awake - and he wants me to be awake with him. I am exhausted. The girls never had their nights and days mixed up. When I was pregnant, I told everyone that the girls were amazing sleepers and I was nervous this baby would be my bad sleeper. Self-fulfilling prophecy, I'm afraid. I've tried feeding him in the dark and putting him right back to bed, I've tried keeping him awake more during the day, I've tried letting him sleep on my chest. Nothing is helping so far.
This was at 2:00 in the morning. I was excited I finally captured a picture of his dimples!
2. I'm hoping part of his problem is that we both have thrush. Maybe his mouth just hurts or something and once the antibiotic kicks in, he'll go back to sleeping between feedings in the middle of the night. One can hope! I've never had thrush before. Not a fan. And of course everything I've read online says it's notoriously difficult to get rid of and can keep coming back. Everything also says to avoid a diet high in sugar and carbs . . . that's pretty much all I eat. Ugh. We just started our meds yesterday. Hopefully we'll be good as new soon!

3. A couple Lena-isms from this week: I realized that she calls burps "scuse me's." After I feed Levi, she says, "You need to make him scuse me now?" Or if she burps, she says, "I had a scuse me!" Haha.

Also, one day this week, while I was changing Levi's diaper, she was checking things out and declared, "That looks like an onion." Lol. So according to Lena, boys have squirty things and onions. There's your anatomy lesson for the day.

4. Levi's umbilical cord still hasn't fallen off. He'll be 3 weeks old tomorrow and he still has that nasty stump! I'd really like to give him a real bath. I've been tugging on the cord a little bit (I know - big no no) to see if it's getting close, but it's still pretty secure on there. Gross. The girls' cords didn't last nearly this long.

5. I am feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the responsibility of parenting lately. Both of the girls have such attitude problems. Neither of them eats anything but cheese. They watch way too much TV. The school decisions are too hard. The choices we're going to have to start making soon about sleepovers are too hard.  I'm terrified to raise a boy in this world full of porn and sexual temptation. I'm overwhelmed by the fine line between grace and discipline. I keep telling myself that I just have to rely on the Holy Spirit to help me. But I feel like I've already failed so much with my kids and they're so young still. Am I not tapping into the Holy Spirit's resources correctly?

6. Well I'm really struggling to come up with 7 this week. All I do is wrangle children and think about when I can sleep again. Haha. Here's some Ron Swanson humor to start your week:
#notarabbit

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