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We're supposed to get 5-8 inches of snow today. I don't even know what that looks like. I looked out the window when I woke up and everything was already coated white. The sidewalk has disappeared. Snow is falling, thick as rain. It's supposed to keep snowing like this all day.

I realized while watching all that snow come down that I've never been through a real winter before. Yeah, I lived in Seattle for two years, but those winters were cold and rainy. It snowed occasionally and only stuck around for a day or two. Already we've had snow on the ground since last weekend. I tell people, I can deal with the cold and the snow, it's the darkness that gets me, but I guess we'll see, huh?

Lady Jr has turned a corner for us in the past few weeks and life has gotten significantly easier. I hope to all things holy I didn't just jinx it, but from what I've read, once the newborn phase is over, babies generally become easier, more predictable.

For one, she's smiling and making noises and looking at things. For another, she doesn't just cry while she's awake. Right now she's on the play mat next to the couch, turning her head this way and that as she looks at all the lights we have up and occasionally laughing for no discernible reason. But it's cute as fuck and I told Lady the other day that she can stay.

And now she's in the sling carrier on me, asleep. She looked around for a little and smiled while I put her in it, which is leaps and bounds beyond the screaming and fussing she used to do when I tried to get her in it.

Seriously. Having a baby that is content while awake until she needs something vs crying the entire time is a game changer. I see the light at the end of this tunnel, I see how people can do this and do other things.

Even more awesome, I have now slept in my own bed for three nights in a row instead of trying to sleep on the couch. I'd been out there half the night because Lady Jr woke so often and took so long to go back to sleep. But, again, in the past few weeks she went from needing 40min to fall back asleep to 20 to 10 to 5 to none. That coupled with only waking 2-3 times during my sleep window means I can finally move back to bed. I get to snuggle my wife again and sleep without the fear of cats jumping on me just when I'd fallen asleep.

Seriously. That was what finally did it, because I'd tried moving back into the bedroom right before Thanksgiving, but Lady Jr decided to sleep regress and we both had the week from sleep dep hell. But then she was sleeping better again and I was just hesitant she'd sleep regress if we tried, but the cats, oh the cats. I love them, but fuck 'em for keeping me from sleeping so many nights.

So yeah. Now we've had three nights in our bedroom with Lady Jr and omg. I didn't even take a nap yesterday. It's amazing. And Lady Jr slept 7(!!!) hours the other night, which gives me hope. Granted, she hasn't done that since (six and then 4 last night, so), but I didn't expect her to.

Basically, everything is butterflies and unicorn sparkles now that I'm getting more sleep. Hah.

She's still fussing a lot and full on, in pain, heart-renching screaming occasionally and we're trying to figure that out. I've cut out dairy and wheat for now because everything says dairy can be a problem and, well, I'm starting to react to wheat again so. I haven't had wheat since Friday and she hasn't had a screaming fit since then, so - fingers crossed.

Not baby-related, I have been making an effort to write and go outside every day. I have 29k words on a first draft and a plan to write 1k/day through December to finish it. I'm currently at the (first) point where everything is awful and why do I write and oh god, this is never going to be good, which means I need to keep going.

Going outside every day has been keeping SAD away - well, that plus a shit ton of supplemental vitamin D. But I take baby for a walk most days around the park nearby and have made an extra effort to go out when it's snowing/raining/freezing because, well, that's winter, isn't it? If I don't go out when it's 20 degrees, then I'll be stuck inside for weeks and I'll go crazy.

You made it this far, so have a baby pic:


Date: 2016-12-11 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadesymb.livejournal.com
YES. The newborn phase is so not fun and my least favorite part of child rearing (so far)

I highly recommend "The No Cry Sleep Solution" You can read it now and start laying the groundwork for sleeping through the night!!! It worked wonderfully for all my kids.


Date: 2016-12-12 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] touchofgr3y.livejournal.com
Beautiful baby :)

Good luck with the snow! We're on track for 3-5 overnight.

Date: 2016-12-12 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onelargecat.livejournal.com
Aaahh she's beautiful!!!

Date: 2016-12-12 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamsrundeep.livejournal.com
Yay for light at the end of the tunnel. And your baby is just beautiful!

To file away for later: My alumnae mama's group was talking about sleeping babies this week. A few of the Mamas have used online/virtual sleep consultants when things got hard. One of the mamas has a 15 month old that has never been a good sleeper. It seems like Lady Jr. is working things out, but just in case you ever need this in the future, I'll drop this here: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/11l27nm6/

I'd never heard of a sleep consultant and was kind of impressed they 1) Exist and 2) have higher education credentials in the issue. I would have used the HECK out of them at some points in my babies development :) So. They exist. Just in case you ever need them!

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