Help Me!!! Okay, I’m exaggerating but I didn’t know having a baby and full time work can be so exhausting! Hello! I don’t even know what sleep and rest mean anymore.
My little Lemon is 8 days shy of being 9 months old. She’s an angel but a total attention seeker. No amount of toys can make her sit still. Heck, she doesn’t even want to watch Youtube videos or television for that matter unlike other kids I know who are glued to their screens all the time. She doesn’t want any of these nonsense. She wants me! She wants my attention.
So what constitutes my day this past months? Let me tell you. I go to sleep at around 11pm or 12 midnight. I have to finish 8 hours of work a day and because I usually start late, obviously I’d end up late as well.
I wake up at around 2 am to feed my baby. If I am lucky, she stays asleep throughout the feeding but if not, she’ll start playing thinking that it’s already morning. And this happens while the light is out. I’ve been told to turn off the light so the baby knows if its night time. Apparently, this doesn’t work really well with us. Even if it’s dark, my little Lemon will find a way to play. And by play I mean babble words in a way that even the people in the next room will hear.
So let’s assume I was lucky and she slept throughout the feeding, I go back to sleep and wake up at 4am to feed her again. Yes, I do this every 2 hours. You can tell by the muscles on her arms and legs 🙂 By this time, whether I’m lucky or not, she’ll wake up as this is her usual waking up time.
So a little playing here and there, feeding in between, and she’ll get back to sleep at around 6am. I’d sleep too and she’ll wake up at 7 am. I know, I’m very detailed with the time as she has a sleeping routine.
At 7am, we both wake up. I put her in her playpen and prepare food for the day. I usually cook rice, chicken, carrots, and squash. I make a porridge. I used to process her food in the blender so she can eat them easily but lately, she doesn’t want very soft and watery food anymore. She wants her solid. And she can eat solid without a problem too. At 8 months old, she has 9 teeth!
So she has her breakfast and playtime. I am finally able to eat my breakfast at around 9am. By 10, she’ll feed again and bath time after. Is it just me or do you also struggle in giving baths to little ones? I can’t give my little Lemon a bath by myself. I need a hand to do it right.
She’ll have a nap after bath time and wake up at 12 to feed again. Playtime comes next. Then feed again at 3pm. I’d let her have an early dinner at 5pm.
I’d prepare her for bed at 7pm and if things are going well, she’d be asleep at 8:30 pm. If not, she’ll be asleep after I work at 11pm.
In between all the feeding and playtime are clothes and nappy changes.
By the time I hit the bed, I almost can’t get up anymore. It’s a struggle to get up and feed her at 2am.
The cycle continues everyday.
Until now, I’m amazed how I have survived 8 months of this set up. But with all my struggles, I wonder if other moms are experiencing these? When I look at Facebook posts of my friends who are mommies to infants too, they seem to have kept everything in control. Am I doing something wrong or am I just really a mom in progress? After all, it feels everything is new to me given that the last time I had an infant was 15 years ago!
And just in case we are not friends on Facebook, here is what she looks like now:
I wrote this post in a hurry because I have a screaming baby in front of me! I just want to give everyone a quick update of the reason why I haven’t been posting lately 🙂