Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This too shall pass, right?

Aurelia has changed from the baby who sleeps all the time and never cries into the baby who never sleeps and cries quite often. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. In general, she drifts off to sleep quite easily but wakes up {very upset} as soon as I put her down. What about your trusty Moby wrap, you might ask? Now she screams bloody murder and makes her annoyance known by promptly pooping through her diaper, the Moby, and my clothes underneath - this has happened not one, not two, but THREE times in the last couple weeks.

This all wouldn't be so hard if it weren't for the fact that Carina has gone from happily playing independently to grabbing my hand whenever I'm nursing the baby, saying, "get up Mommy! Get up!" and/or climbing on everything precariously. Mommy is only so fast while she's busy with the baby...

Dividing my time between the two of them has become increasingly difficult. What threw me over the edge yesterday was Carina pretending to cry while exclaiming, "Carina crying!" My guess is that she sees me running to comfort Aurelia every time she cries and is fake crying with the hope that I'll come running to her? HEART. BREAK.

And then today, I had to give Carina 3 time-outs because she wouldn't stop trying to bounce the baby in the bouncer or push her in the swing way too hard no matter how many times I told her to be gentle. She would bounce the bouncer violently, look at me, and say "gentle!" No, Carina, not quite. Then she poked Aurelia in the eye which of course resulted in an epic scream, and then she did it again. A toddler tornado ensued; I'm pretty sure that within an hour every single toy we own was on the floor, strewn about our entire apartment. It was only 3 PM but I seriously needed a drink.

I wish we could afford a babysitter even once a week so I could get some errands done, prepare dinner without a toddler pulling at my leg and/or baby spitting up all over me, or even nap. OMG a nap. With Mike's crazy work schedule (read: weekdays 10-11 hours and weekends 4+ hours), being home all day every day with my two little ladies and maintaining my sanity at the same time seems almost impossible.

How do you do it?

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