Jan 10, 2012

A Time of Change

I am tired.  I have a headache.  And I'm feeling whiny.

The couch is soft and cozy as I snuggle under my favorite down blanket.  The blue matches the blues in our furniture, hand-me-downs from my in-laws.  I am looking out the window at this beautiful, sunny day.  52 degrees January 10th in Minnesota.  A perfect spring day, in the middle of winter.

Paige is napping, Hope upstairs watching TV after some of her own quiet time in our bed.  I enjoy the quiet.  I need a nap too.

After over a year of Paige in the pack-n-play in our bedroom, and us sleeping in the guest room (it's a long story), Paige is finally sleeping in the crib in her sister's room.  It is now The Girls' room.  But she's not actually sleeping.  Not as well as she was in the quiet, dark, still of our bedroom.  And I miss that.  I miss the ease of bedtime with her.  I miss her immediate drift into sleep.  I miss her late mornings of waking up no earlier than eight.

Paige was our easy sleeper.  Hope is not.  And after a week with her sister, Paige is still struggling too.  And I am struggling.  Her change in sleeping habits is so very hard.

But I know we will adjust.  I know I will adjust.  Even if it means she stays an early riser.  Even if it means it takes her an hour to unwind each night.  Even if it means I have to adjust my own schedule to get the sleep I need.  We will make it through.

Because even though it would be nice to keep the easy nights, the uninterrupted sleep, the late mornings, I know she is growing.  And with that comes change.

I want her to grow and change.  And I just have to adjust with her.  Because that's what parents do.


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  1. We are having some sleep issues too, so I know how frustrating it can be. Hope you all get some rest real soon. By the way, your daughter is GORGEOUS!

  2. Thank you! Yes, sleep seems to always be a big issue in one way or another. Good luck with your sleep issues too, Dina!


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