So..first day at my new job wasn’t smooth sailing. I didn’t have the honeymoon period that people usually have at their new jobs. Instead, my ears suffered quite terribly today.
Woke up to a smiley baby and I thought, “hey this is going to be an awesome first day!” But I guess babies know better.
Most days, I actually wake up later than my baby in the mornings. I’d hear him trying to get his hands out of the swaddle and his head turning here and there. I will peep at what he’s up to and snooze a bit more until I know he needs attention.
When I’m finally up and done nursing him for the morning feed, I will play with him for our mother-and-son bonding time. He’s usually in a pretty mood in the morning and we pray hard it’ll stay this way! Then I’ll clean him up a little before bringing him downstairs for breakfast. My folks and grandma will take turns to look after or carry him while I have my breakfast.
Today, I started on his nap training. All this time, Thaddeus has been taking his naps in our arms or in the sarong (baby hammock), or on his tummy IF we can put him down without him turning cranky. The last result only happens about 10% of the time. Not exactly my ideal way of a nap. I wanted him to learn how to nap on a proper bed, be it ours or his cot. We had tried this out the day before and with a stroke of luck, we succeeded TWICE without much crying!
But on my first day as SAHM, my son decides to make things a tad challenging for me. I did everything the same as the day before – I placed him on the bed and pretended to nap together with him while giving him pats on his buttocks. It didn’t work!! He cried and cried and cried. It’s not those fake cries but the real do with his huge teardrops, face turned red and looking like this ): .
I tried to filter out the cries but the duration went beyond my time limit. I had to carry him and place him in the sarong instead. I knew he was very tired and sleepy, but he was being stubborn by refusing to sleep. When he finally gave in to his fatigue (which got worse after the intensive crying), he took a nap for more than 2 hours! He even forgot to wake up for his milk. Sigh, I wonder why they want to make things so difficult..
We repeated the entire process for the nap after the next feed. Guess what..this time, I filtered out the noise so much so that I fell asleep while he was crying his head off. Ooops. When the dog’s barking woke me up about 15 minutes later, I found T napping away beside me.
The husb was back by this time and I got my smiley baby back after his bath!