Our financial situation has gotten a little better, too (relatively speaking). Will started his own consulting business this year and, while we knew that things were going to be tight, it's been more painful than I expected. Returning to work and leaving Charlotte was hard enough, but being the family's main source of financial support was a whole new strain for me. However, business has picked up in the last few weeks - so that definitely takes some pressure off me.
Life would be close to perfect if only I could get Charlotte to sleep through the night. She used to sleep great, with only one wake-up sometime between 1am and 3am. Recently, though, she's decided to go to sleep earlier, which is nice, but now she wants to wake up at 11pm, and 2am, and 4am. And then 6am. I don't get it - why won't this kid sleep? Aren't babies supposed to start sleeping better when they're older, and not the exact opposite???
|But how could I be annoyed at THIS cuteness???|
My mom babysat last Friday evening so I could go to a friend's house; Charlotte went down at the usual time and slept straight through till 6am for the first time in weeks. IT WAS LIKE A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! But then, Saturday night, she was back up again every 3 hours or so. Maybe part of the problem is that, with breastfeeding, it's just too easy for me to bring her into our bed so I can sleep while she nurses.
I'm getting the feeling that this child is using my nipples as a pacifier. Grrrr....
But if I try to NOT feed her, she just stands up in her crib and cries and makes me feel like a total asshole. I can't figure out how to get her to stay asleep at night without nursing... I wonder if she's open to bribes? Would she go back to sleep if I slipped her a twenty?
But, other than that, everything has been going swimmingly and I really can't complain... Charlotte is learning new things every day and is starting to push her boundaries. Her quirky, stubborn little personality is starting to show! She's got quite an independent streak for a baby - I can only imagine what that's going to be like when she's a teenager (*cringe*).
|Playing quietly... what a great kid!|
Now I just need to figure out what she's going to be for Halloween. I've been toying with various ideas like Mr. T and Elvis (my mother is soooo disappointed!), but haven't decided on anything for certain yet. No matter what, though, I'm pretty sure she's going to cross-dress for her first Halloween...