Posted July 09, 2012 by
It’s Monday morning and I’m sleep-deprived. Juliette was up ALL night long and the only thing that would satisfy her were endless nursing sessions. It was one of the most sleepless nights I’ve had with her yet, but although I grew frustrated and exhausted, it was nice to know that these stages don’t last forever. When I was going through this with Vera I remember feeling completely horror-stricken and fearful that this was just the way the rest of my life was going to go.
It’s funny but I keep telling myself, well at the worst it’ll only last three years. Ha…three years…but that’s what as far as my parenting knowledge extends and I DO know that by three years they’re definitely sleeping through the night.
I think the hardest thing about having this new baby is that I don’t have time for anything anymore. My email is backed up, I’m only managing to write here a couple of times a week, I have thank you notes to finish, laundry to sort, wedding anniversary plans to make, phone calls to return, and books to write. Yet every day seems to slip by without managing to get any of it done. I know you’re going to say that I shouldn’t be doing anything anyway, that I should just enjoy this time, and trust me — I have that voice in my very own head — yet I’m just one of those people that has to be constantly doing things. It literally makes my skin itch to not be accomplishing things every day.
I will say that we’ve been enjoying summer and spending time with our friends. As a little foursome we’ve been going to the beach, having picnics with friends in the park, accepting meals from our gracious friends, exploring the East side and generally enjoying summer in Los Angeles. Last Friday we spent an entire day running around Los Feliz, going up to the Griffith Observatory (here’s a little movie I took while there: Griffith Park), hiking the Hollywood reservoir and catching up with friends near Griffith Park. Jules and Vera were great through it all, Greg and I managed not to get too stressed out, and by the end of it we felt pretty good about our upcoming trip to Australia. What, you forgot that we’re headed to Australia in 6 weeks? More on that soon!
Anyway, please forgive my sporadic posting as we equalize as a family of four. I promise to begin writing more often soon! I’m still updating Twitter and Instagram daily if you’re aching to see endless photos of babies and beaches. Hope you’re all well out there!