I’d like to add an epilogue to yesterday’s post where I looked back with fondness at the easiness of my baby. My almost 14-month-old is a different story.
5:00 p.m.: You’re really tired. Put you down for a nap; screamed like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse got cancelled. Fed you dinner instead.
7:30: Bedtime. What an angel! Right to sleep! Looks like we won’t be having the kind of night we’ve had all week.
11:59: Wrong. Stirring. Put your pacifier back in your mouth. All quiet.
12:00 a.m.: More stirring. Put your pacifier back in your mouth. Again.
12:02: Repeat above.
12:03: All hell breaks loose. Did someone break in your room and try to murder Minnie Mouse in front of you? Cause that’s how your acting. Diaper change does nothing to help.
12:06: You shove the bottle Dada tries to give you away.
12:19: Dada and I stand over your crib, cursing you, and asking what we did to deserve this. “This” meaning YOU.
12:20: I figure out it’s karma for writing this. You have done this every night for four nights. I am sick for the hundredth time since your birth. I’m really, really tired. Cat #1 comes in the room and starts meowing at the top of his lungs, because it feels like the right thing to do.
12:26: Wait, do you want to come into our bed? And then, at 12:27 a.m. on November 29th, 2012, a line was crossed: She came into our bed and stared at the ceiling and twirled her hair like she did this every night. She really owned the space.
12:47: You snuggle up close to me, and I consider that between the pumpkin in my arms, the nice man across from me, and Cat #1 curled up inside the number 4-shape my legs are in, this might be the greatest moment of my life.
12:59: I put you back in bed, and you go to sleep. Peacefully. Dada and I embrace like it’s 1945 and the War is over.
1:06 a.m.: Cat #2, who sleeps locked in the office because otherwise she wails like she’s a patient at Briarcliff Asylum all night, begins hurling her entire body weight against the door. Over and over. The loud thud wakes you up, and WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
We start all over.