aah, the perennial parenting complaint!
(I am still typing one-handed, so excuse my punctuation.)
Audrey is challenging my stamina. She did not sleep last night until 2 in the morning. I swaddled her, un-swaddled her, bounced her sideways, bounced her upright, rocked her, lied down in bed, sat up in bed, sat in a chair, was quiet, was loud, turned the lights down, changed her diaper, nursed her, wiggled the pacifier, put her back in bed, put her in the cosleeper, and then did it all again. All night long.
She finally fell asleep at 2 in my arms in bed, but woke up again an hour later. And we did that all night long until we started the day. (Gary thankfully did breakfast time with Juliet so I didn't have to be "on" until 8 am...thanks sweetie for that.)
I am so tired and worn out. I know it's such a parenting cliche, but it's really, really hard to have an active toddler demanding so much of me from 7 am to 7 pm, and then a restless infant demanding so much of me in the evening hours. There is absolutely no downtime. I guess the time it took to type this could qualify as my downtime (juliet is nappig), but even now, I have a baby in my arms. I love this life, I love my babies, but I'm tired.
Future mamas: See this swing? Do not buy it. Do not believe the hype on the Amazon reviews. It's worthless except as a safe seat to very quickly place a baby so you can pee. It has failed to soothe either of my girls. They cry within 2 minutes of realizing they are in it, and it has never rocked them to sleep.(Fisher Price Little Lamb Cradle N Swing)