5 1/2 months old: Is it normal to feel like you spent “all night” just putting them down for bed, one getting startled just when the other is finally asleep, starting all over again, trying every binky, song, rocker, stuffed animal, multiple burps, finally letting the one who wants to be a Roly-Poly do so on your bed with five different pillows until he gets snuggled just right – 3/4 on his tummy with his legs splayed different directions (supervised the whole time of course), only to sneak out of the room & realize it was really only an hour and half and you suddenly feel victorious?
Cover Photo of a much more peaceful nap time this weekend for good measure.
Who has a similar story of a night they’ll never forget?
Unfortunately, we only have ONE Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.
Adapting to this change was difficult at first. I had actually gotten used to our system: my wife going to bed early, my staying up late to feed, and then her relieving me around 1 AM.
I felt some guilt the first night as my wife bore the brunt of their furtive sleep, since she was on the side nearest the crib.
The best thing about our relationship is that we don’t hold on to moments like that as currency. The next day, rather than use her sacrifice against me, my carried on as usual with what needed to be done.
Which, in turn, made me step up my game even more in order to honor her duty.
Honoring her, we got thru the next day, the next night, every night since, & guess what? We’ll get thru tonight too.
The funny thing about change is, we adapt or die. I chose the former.
A week later, it hardly feels like change at all, just the new normal.
Now we just need to figure out what to do about the dog…
What were some of the toughest adjustments you had to make to your routine as your kids developed?
Thankfully, with time, patience, and the steady hand of a head of surgery, there is a solution to this problem.
The question is, what parent has a readily available supply of time, patience, and steadiness?
However, between the two of us (and the overwhelming amount of work my wife does for the boys), the task of “surgery” has fallen to me.
Fathers: nothing you have done or encountered can properly prepare you for the task of cutting your infant children’s fingernails.
For starters, there is a unique property to infant fingernail clippers – they are SHARP! Unlike the dull clunkers made for adults, each blade of infant clippers is fine enough to turn fingernails into the phyllo dough used to make baklava.
Contrast that with the infant’s fingernails – fine, paper-like white lines that blend in perfectly with their skin, despite being able to slice you like an envelope edge.
Add in the three cups of coffee required to even be cognizant at 8:15 AM after a night of bottle-fussiness, and you’ll WISH you’d spent 8 years in school preparing for this moment.
Now imagine having twins.
I can’t complain too much right now, because thankfully THIS morning Archer was content to lay in his boppy while I worked slowly and steadily around Logan’s fingernails.
Not too much later, Logan dozed off to sleep just in time for me to get to work on Archer.
Perhaps I am too cautious; there is nothing that ruins my day more than a hangnail. Maybe babies don’t yet have the sensitivity in their fingertips for that to be a concern (who wants to fact-check and let me know?).
Still, until they are old enough to wield the Scissors of Doom themselves, this routine will be done with patience, meticulousness, and lots of internal stress for dad.
At least it is one less thing for my wife to have to do.
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