This morning was one of those morning's that left me contemplating why I had not read the fine print on this motherhood gig before I took the job. Since we've moved house, my younger, sweet, adorable child has become a bit of a beast. It may well be the Terrible Twos are upon us at last, but I think it's largely that she doesn't sleep enough anymore. She has gone from being a 12-hour-per-night-plus-naptime sleeper to a sometimes-naps-sometimes-not, go-to-bed-at-9pm (leaving two exhausted and frazzled parents to try to unwind at a time they actually need to go to bed themselves)-and-up-by-5am-at-the-latest sadist. This child is subsisting on less sleep than I need, which of course means so am I. I understand that this is a phase, that it is normal after something so unsettling as a move, and really I should just count my lucky stars she hasn't given me much stress before now. I know the best thing to do is not react (and certainly not react in frustration), to patiently wait it out and help ease her (and all of us) through this period. But. Knowing me means knowing I do not tend to handle sleep deprivation with as much grace as would be desired. After a few weeks of this, both of us are having more tantrums than necessary, although she's 2 and has a much better excuse than I have. Sigh.
On days like these, it really helps to remember that not only am I human, but also I am just one of countless, well-educated-and-well-intentioned-but-often-relatively-clueless parents blundering my way through this wondrous, exhausting, joyful, challenging life with kids. Most of the time, I really don't do a half-bad job at it either. And although it may sound cliche to clarify, I really do love it all of the time. Even the sleep deprived, frustrating times (though if I could leave that out, I would!). With all this fresh in my mind, I particularly enjoyed today's post by Domesticali and the guest post she wrote here. We're beyond the baby phase in our house, but the theme holds true well beyond. Thanks, Ali, for the commiseration and the good laugh!