Sunday, August 9, 2009


Sorry for the void this week. Owen appears to be going through yet another growth spurt which seems insane given the fact that he is absolutely massive, but all signs point to Yes. Excessive appetite? Check. Constant kicking of achy legs? Check. General grumpishness and fussery? Check annnnnd check. Matt and I have been trading off night duty which generally involves an hour or two in the rocker, with an occasional tussle on the dinky loveseat until the Motrin kicks in. Right now we're clocking a good 2-4 hours of awake time each night, which definitely tips the scales towards "suckwad". Even if you're not the one on duty, waking up that much puts a serious cramp in the ol' REM cycle.

And then there are the cats.

Those furry bitches are going to take a long walk off a short pier if they don't stop going ballistic at 5 am. I don't know if it's because they hear Owen stirring (that kid is a freaking clock, peeps. He can be awake all night, but when 5 am rolls around? BAM!) but they turn freakballs come daybreak. Between the constant up-down-up-down-up-down and the scratchscratchscratchscratchscratch, mama is starting to lose it, but good.

Anyway. As soon as I manage to eek out more than 3 hours of consecutive shut-eye I'll get back to the blabbery. In the meantime, a quiz: How much sleep do you get each night? And how crazy am I for even considering a second kid?

(Aw crap, I hear crying. I think I just answered my own question.)


Fraulicious said...

You don't want to hear how much sleep I'm getting, because after the lengthy battle to get the girl to go to sleep, she either sleeps through or wakes up just the once. Think of it this way, you are already not sleeping, now is a good time to add another sleep drain :-) Then, when they both know how to sleep, you are golden. Hope your boy figures it out, soon. Lack of sleep is hard!

Tor said...

MORE growing!?!? scary!

Our cats also drive me insane in a way they never seemed to pre-baby, and yup it's all sleep-related too.

I get 4-6hrs a night. No longer the bub's fault (tho he does briefly wake a couple times a night) but now I get insomnia in the middle of the night too. God I miss sleep!

I am too exhausted to manage another baby. I am also too exhausted to create another baby, so that works out nicely hehe.

But if I am going to even try to go through this again then I need a few years of normal sleep to recover first. But maybe that's just the exhaustion talking.

electriclady said...

My kid, at 2.5, finally sleeps through the night 99% of the time--8 pm to 6 or 7 am, reliably. So I could get 8+ hours of sleep if I wanted to, and if I were not stupid enough to stay up until midnight most nights. I just want a few hours to myself to feel like a human being, you know?

anyway, moral of the story is that it will get better! soon!

Colleen said...

Maybe it's not a growth spurt, maybe he's getting his molars. I remember that sucking in a big way, and Dinah has actually had fussiness teething her ADULT molars lately.

I agree with Electric Lady--both my girls are in bed by 8:30 and don't get up til I drag them out at 6:30, but I stay up WAY too late most nights b/c I want to read and quilt and watch The Tudors and Real Estate Intervention and just be by myself for a while.

So, no, you're not nuts for thinking of having another kid. You always have to factor in the "how old will Owen be nine months from now?" and it might seem a bit more manageable to have a three-year-old and a baby (that's what we did, preschool was a godsend) than your current toddler and a baby. Three-year-olds can be just charming and they're amazingly more self-sufficient than two-year-olds. Just a thought.