The baby is working on sleep in fits and starts. Last night was decent. My husband put him down while I went grocery shopping (all by myself! a treat!) and though he popped up at 10:45 p.m., he then went down (with one self-settling incident) until 6, and then after feeding, slept until 7:20 or so. I was able to sleep with just a little disturbance from 11-6. But the night before he was up every 2 hours.
Life continues whether I’m sleeping enough or not. So I’ve been reverting to my “survival mode” strategies. A key one: set each day’s priority list before the day starts. Even when I haven’t slept well, when I sit down at my desk around 8 a.m., with my coffee, I am in go-mode. I can conquer the world! (Well, a small part of it). Since this is the most energy I will have, I want to use it to execute on whatever I have to do for the day. I don’t want to burn that energy deciding what to do.
So, each afternoon, when I’m more wallowing along, I make a list for the next day. I don’t have the energy to tackle most of those things then (though if I see some small stuff, like a quick email, I might do it). But I trust that my morning self will be able to handle it. And so, bit by bit, stuff gets done.
In other news: Today is my 16th wedding anniversary. We’ll just do a toast on the porch during the day (when we have childcare). At our reception many years ago, my late father-in-law gave a rather humorous toast in which he informed us that “the purpose of marriage is strong children.” But even he might have thought that five was a bit over the top!
This photo is from a summer beach photo session courtesy Yana Shellman. She’s taken all our family photos for the past five years. If you live in the PA/NJ area, definitely check her out!