mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Adventures in Parenting

So last week was interesting. But they're all interesting now, at least to us.

On Sunday of last week, the weather was so nice that Nomi and I decided to take Muffin and Squeaker out for a walk in their stroller. We walked them all the way to Coolidge Corner and back, using the need to return books to the library as an excuse to take the walk. It also gave us a chance to show them off to people, as we had dressed them in the NASA jumpsuits given to us by my co-workers.

The rest of the week was a rather full one for us. Nomi and I both had a lot to do at work, and Tuesday evening I had a Library Trustee Meeting at the soon-to-be-reopened Putterham Library. So the stage was set for some midweek exhaustion.

Because Squeaker, you see, still hadn't gotten the hang of this going to sleep at night thing. Muffin tends to do okay. Nomi can nurse her to sleep with minutes, and then she'll sleep through the night in her crib, sometimes as long as eleven hours. (It's adorable when she wakes up; she's generally happy, but the instant she sees breakfast – that is, her bottle – she starts to whine until she gets it. And then she drinks 12 ounces all at once, sometimes. But I digress.)

Squeaker, on the other hand, takes a long time to get to sleep, and then she'll often wake up in half an hour wailing up a storm. On Tuesday night (also know as Wednesday morning), Nomi and I split the night, and we each got only about three or four hours of sleep. I spent 2 am through 5 am trying to coax Squeaker to sleep, when all she wanted to do was scream, laugh, and play with her toys.

So last Wednesday both of us felt like crap. And then my pants zipper broke, and Nomi had to make an emergency pants delivery to my office.

We decided to go with a new plan Wednesday night. For some reason, Squeaker isn't liking her crib, so after Nomi got her to go to sleep on Wednesday night, Nomi put her in the pack-and-play in the living room. And wouldn't you know it, Squeaker slept for about eight hours straight. On Thursday night, Muffin was still awake when Nomi put her in the crib, but she was calm and she soon faded off to sleep. And again, Nomi placed Squeaker in the pack-and-play, and she slept much better. (Although she did need a bottle at about 4 am.)

So last week was a full week, one with midweek exhaustion, as I noted already. With luck, though, Squeaker will sleep better this week.

In the meantime, we've got to go frame Guilder.
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