Yesterday Alayna was six weeks old... crazy! I wouldn't call her an easy baby, but she's not super hard either. She can get super fussy and have a hard time settling down when she wants to go to sleep. Once we actually put her to sleep and she's been sleeping a while, she's fine. She's usually happy when she wakes up and after she eats, and then gets difficult again once she's tired. She still does not like to be put down much. She cries after a few minutes. I can get her to be happy for short little times in the bouncy seat and the swing, depending on her mood. She still won't lay down on her own at night. I've tried... but as soon as I put her down she cries. Thankfully she has been sleeping great on me :) There was one night this week she (and I) slept for 5 hours. That felt wonderful!
She started smiling but I've yet to capture it on camera. I tried and tried yesterday but couldn't get one. She's also been "cooing" more... which is very sweet.
Here are some pictures I took of Alayna yesterday....
This past week has been pretty hard. Ethan is REALLY testing me right now and has been very difficult. It's like the past two weeks he's totally regressed and has just been so very hard. I feel like I could constantly be punishing him. It's hard when he is doing something naughty, or throwing a fit, and Alayna is also screaming because she wants to be held. I feel torn in two opposite directions. Who do I take care of? I've felt guilty lately because I just can't give Ethan the attention he seems to want, but at the same time I feel like it's good for him not to get ALL of my attention ALL day.
Today when I picked up Ethan from the nursery after Tmoms they told me he had been pushing a lot, and so he had to have a time out. After the time out he continued to push the other kids. To top it off he was crying when I picked him up. Then him and Alayna cried the entire way home. By the time we got home I was in tears myself. I felt like a looser mom because this is the second week in a row Ethan has been a bully in the nursery. Of course we don't let him get away with pushing, but I guess I haven't been super consistent lately in punishing him when he does, as I usually have my hands occupied with Alayna.
Do any of you moms have advise in how to deal with pushing/being mean to other kids? I feel like it's hard right now because there isn't a lot I can do other than spank or give time outs... both of which we do with Ethan.
All this to say that being a mom of two little ones is hard. I tell myself every day it will get easier. We DO have lots of great moments, it's not all difficult... but it has been pretty rough lately. Really the only reason I write all this is so that I can look back and remember... as I don't remember much lately being so sleep deprived. Plus, I don't want you to think my life is all rosy and perfect ;)