I just came back from Illinois, where I was visiting my sister, bro-in-law, niece, and brand new nephew. Spending time with their newly-turned family of four brought back memories - both good and not-so-good - of the challenging days and weeks after Will and Hallie were born.
Most of the parents out there will understand... Back in college you could function fairly well on just a few hours of sleep for multiple nights in a row, but now, after a few years in the real world, you wonder how that was ever the case. At three-weeks-old your bundle of joy is a pretty poor sleeper, and as difficult as it is to acknowledge and accept, you know he's unfortunately still weeks (and weeks may as well be years in the eyes/mind of a sleep-deprived new parent) away from the supposedly blessed six-week-old point at which he will miraculously start sleeping for longer stretches of time at night. You're exhausted. And if this bouncing baby boy is not your first child, you're also pretty tired of juggling the baby's needs against the needs of your older children (let alone your own needs and the needs of your spouse, both of which went out the window an eternity ago). It's difficult to see beyond the next hour, let alone a few months down the road when everyone will be better rested and settled into a routine.
This is where my sister and her family are now. They love their beautiful little girl and sweet little boy something fierce, but they're beat. There's very little I can do (especially now that I'm back in Texas), nor is there any advice I can give, to suddenly help the baby sleep longer or them feel more rested. It sounds silly, but whenever I feel lost or helpless and the end is nowhere in sight I turn to Dory, whose words of wisdom have gotten me through some tough times. So for my sister, and for any of you who may be a dark or lonely place, remember how Dory (well, Nemo, with Dory's encouragement) survived. When all else fails...just keep swimming.
People Are Awesome
This fellow's annual "People Are Awesome" video needs only a simple introduction: four and a half minutes of people doing awesome things. We're talking amazing acrobatics, athletic stunts, and Dude Perfect-style shots, nearly all of which will make you gasp, mutter "holy cow" under your breath, or breath a sigh of relief when the risk-taker doesn't die. Enjoy!
The Happiest Place in the United States
Do you live there? My in-laws do!
To be clear, this article claims that Lincoln, Nebraska is the happiest place in the United States. But since Disney World is the happiest place on earth, shouldn't it follow that Disney World is also the happiest place in the United States? Perhaps the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is a bit flawed...
This week MomsEveryday ran a post in which I discuss and somewhat complain about my discombobulated life and brain. You can read the post on MomsEveryday here, or if you prefer to view the post as it was originally intended to appear (accompanied by pictures of Robert Pattinson), click here. (No offense, MomsEveryday, but the post is WAY better when Robert is included.)
MomsEveryday: Hallie's New Roommate
In case you missed it the first time around, here's a glimpse into the chaos that resulted with a little critter moved took up residence in Hallie's dollhouse.
MomsEveryday: Spring Forward
This post ran for the first time a year ago, but is once again relevant since we all just suffered through another Spring Forward time change. What would you do with an extra hour in your day?