Variable Winds

Michigander’s joke about the weather in our fair state. “If you don’t like it,” we say, “just wait a minute and it will change.”

But I think Dallas takes the real prize for changeable weather. In the seven days we’ve been here, the temperatures have swung like a pendulum between 80 and 50 – sometimes on the same day.

Weather is the really the least of anyone’s concern right now. With a new baby in the house, life revolves around a tight little circle of feeding, sleeping, diaper changing, rocking. From the mother’s perspective, I’ve heard it referred to as being in a “hazy, milky coma.”

Connor's first Sunday dinner with the family

In the past couple of days, we’ve all been congratulating ourselves on keeping things on an even keel. The baby has been calm, we’ve all had our share of quality time, Mom has gotten a bit of much-needed rest. We even had a meal together last night.

But this morning two blurry eyed parents appeared, saying the Babe hadn’t slept all night. It’s Monday, and Dad has a phone meeting this morning, so he’s trying to get himself awake and alert.

Life with a baby is as changeable as the weather, even the weather in Dallas.

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7 thoughts on “Variable Winds

  1. Yep, that’s the life I know. 🙂 With my first, I had tons of help. After the first kid, the grandparent fanfare seemed to wane. We were left to fend for ourselves much sooner. But in both situations… the sleep deprivation just couldn’t be avoided. I wish they made an adrenaline pill for new moms (without the crash).

    • Sleep deprivation is part and parcel of parenthood. Just goes with the territory and there’s nothing to be done about it!

      You’re an “Old Pro” at this baby thing…but then again, girls are different, I’ve heard tell 🙂

  2. It’s not fun to be a blurry eyed parent! My girls slept in their car seat in the cradle for the first few weeks. That helped fulfill the secure/snug feeling they like. Try warming the blankets a bit. A diaper one size bigger than he usually wears may him sleep for longer stretches as he won’t feel the wetness. Of course, lots of skin to skin before the last feeding so he eats more and therefore sleeps longer! Grandma, grandpa, mom or dad can do skin to skin. Connor only has a diaper on, plop him on someone’s chest and cover him with 4 layers (2 receiving blankets folded in half work well). Hopefully one of these “tricks” will help to secure some much needed sleep! Good luck!

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