Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"The first 3 months are the hardest"

I find myself saying this phrase alot lately. Of course it is in the snootiest voice possible. Let me be the first to mention that I don't think the first 3 months are the hardest. They may be difficult because of the sleep deprived state you are in but by no means are they the hardest. I find that these past few months have been harder. We have been dealing with new sleep schedules, new foods, teething, lots of crawling and tears (due to falls from pulling up) . The past few days the babies have been sick. 2 nights in a row they have slept in their car seats. Saturday night Preston woke up and was so stopped up he couldn't breath. I rocked him and put him to sleep in his car seat. Sunday night it was Lily's turn she woke up but when you rock her she pops her head up and laughs. We finally got her back to sleep and put her in her car seat as well. Yesterday was a day of crying, no naps and major meltdowns. Aaron got home and didn't even have to ask "how was your day" Last night I learned my lesson and put them both in their car seats and they slept like a charm until 5:30 am. I decided just to give them a bottle and they went back to sleep until 8:30. Whew!! It was at 5:30 am that I reminded myself "the first 3 months are the hardest" All I can say is thank you daddy for hooking up the dvd so we can watch Baby Einstein. You pop in that dvd and you have 30 minutes to clean, cook, do laundry or lock yourself in the bathroom to have a moment of silence. I have been putting vapo rub on their chest to try and clear up their sniffles. I am also sanitizing everything in this house so we don't pass this gunk around. Today so far has been great. They both slept from 10:30 to 11:30 and are getting ready for lunch. Which is a whole new topic for tomorrow. They have a wide variety new foods now.
I guess what I am trying to say is that having children is a glorious thing and you have your good days and bad.


The Schoens said...

I think each new stage is difficult.
The newborn stage was always difficult for me because I love my sleep. 2 and 4 seems to be difficult for us as well.. Maybe its just me. I am sure you being up there with out family doesnt help. Dont worry you will get through this stage and on to the next before you know it.

Kelly said...

I agree, the lack of sleep is bad for the first 3 months, but it's when they become mobile that the real challenges begin! Our twins are also crawling, getting into everything, and teething...plus, they keep passing a cold around...lovely! We can relate!

Katja Stahr-Long said...

You are doing great Staci! I know, each stage definitely has its different challenges. I really think the first 6 months are the hardest and then it gets more manageable and easier to control. Keep up the great mommy work!