News at Home: COVID Quarantine Weeks 4 & 5
Sorry I didn’t manage to make a post last week. Things had been really rough week 4. Taking care of a 6 month (7 months yesterday!) baby during this, while also trying to work has not been easy. And we had a major grant ( more than $40 million) grant application due on the 15th, so work was intense to top it off. Thankfully they are still wiling to work with me working odd hours – I start at 5am Monday – Friday, work during naps, and then finish off my hours on the weekend.
On top of work being intense, I’ve just had to spend some time figuring Dante out. Week 4 I felt like I was getting the hang of it… and then he fell off the bed. Michelle will tell you (because I called her panicked) it freaked me out. Let me tell you, I was right there with him. I was folding laundry and I looked down to pick up the next piece, looked back up and he was going over! He could not have moved that fast even a week ago. He can’t crawl quite yet, but he scoots. And apparently quickly now. He didn’t fall far – we have a box spring but no frame. And he fell onto carpet. And he’s completely fine, but I was pretty freaked for the next 4-5 days.
And then he was just so damn fussy and I was like, does he have an ear infection? Is he sick? Did I break him? Then he started waking up super early! He’s been sleeping through the night since like 6 weeks old and this week, Monday he woke up at 3:30. I was like, WTF?! And 4am on Tuesday. And 4:30 on Wednesday. This was a problem because: (1) Mommy’s tired, (2) I need to work at 5am, and (3) this shit cannot become our new normal.
Well I think I figured out the problem. He wasn’t napping y’all. Only two, 30 minute naps a day. They don’t even count as real naps at this age. I’m so used to daycare taking care of naps and having him in a routine so that he napped on his own on weekends, that I didn’t realize what was happening. So Wednesday I took control of naps – lying him down and letting him cry a bit. First nap, he cried 15 minutes before going to sleep – and I went to console him at 5 minutes and 10 minutes. But second nap, he went down in 5 minutes. And both naps he slept 2 hours! Baby was tired! And guess what? He slept all night Wednesday night. Thursday and F riday, I put him down for naps and he hardly cried at all. He was like, “mom, I’m so glad you finally figured out what I was trying to tell you!” and he’s been so happy and able to play by himself a bit again. Phew!
My husband does not agree with the cry it out method, but y’all he’s not the one at home with him so he can deal. Plus, I’m not letting him cry for hours. Just a few minutes. And who ever said being a parent meant never making your child do something unpleasant to them for their own good? Not a good parent, that’s for sure.
So with naps figured out, I feel like I might be able to make this thing – our quarantine new normal – work a bit better. I feel like figuring out naps were like the key to figuring out Dante.
The only other big thing going on is that my back is KILLING ME. A few reasons, I’m sure:
- I get monthly massages to take care of myself. My last one was at the end of February 🙁
- I’m not really having time to exercise – a lot more sitting. I take one or two walks a day with Buffy, but otherwise, I’m sitting in my not-as-ergonomic-as-work desk chair or on the floor with Dante.
- Dante… picking baby up, bending over to take care of baby, etc.
I’ve started changing his diaper sitting down so I don’t have to bend and hurt my back. And I’m taking Tylenol regularly for the pain. I’m putting IcyHot on it and I’m trying to stretch. I’m sitting in a massage chair thingy. But yeah, I’m in serious pain and it suck.
Anywho, that’s my last couple weeks. Finding a way to make this quarantine work, because despite talk of opening up soon, I think we either do it for a while longer or do it again way before we want to.
Okay, so I think I’ll be doing blogging on Saturdays in this new normal. Sunday – Friday I have to work when Dante is napping and by evening, I just want to eat dinner with a little TV and get to bed. I’m going to try and see if I can do a little blogging while Dante is awake during the week, since he’s less fussy now (*fingers crossed*) and is doing better playing by himself (I want to make sure he doesn’t get too used to constant attention, as they can’t give him that at daycare).
Lots going on with the blog – COYER Quarantine is in full swing, we kick off the Can You Read a Series in a Month Challenge in May, and it’s time to make your #2020HW Summer Registration! Hope you can join us!