To be honest this past week has been the toughest week I’ve had since Aurora was born, probably nearly as tough as those couple of months when I was so run down with all day first trimester nausea back in the beginning of the year. It started off with Luna waking up even more frequently at night (think every 20 minutes after I had finally nursed her to sleep), and then maybe getting a couple of hours tops in after I went to bed. We were both beginning to wonder when this awful sleep regression was going to pass (Google says that it can last up to 6 weeks), when I realised that she was also coming down with something. So sleep regression plus a cold equals a very, very unhappy toddler. And by unhappy toddler I mean screaming about everything toddler. We are lucky, the last time Luna was sick was exactly a year ago when she had Roseola. Since then no cold, no tummy issues, nothing! Hopefully some of my amazing immune system has rubbed off on her, because I can definitely deal with this only happening once a year! So anyway, Luna woke up in the foulest of moods on Wednesday and it hasn’t really let up since then.
I feel terrible for her. She’s obviously very uncomfortable, what with the whole not being able to breathe through the nose issue, but she refused to take any Tylenol for the fever (trust me, I tried everything) and wouldn’t let me do anything to relieve her sinus and nose symptoms. Poor kid spent most of the days (and nights) whining, wanting to nurse and screaming about not being in my arms. She has perfected the tantrum to an all-out act of flinging herself on the floor with dramatic arm gestures and that terrible eardrum-piercing scream (which she practiced quite remarkably well in the Laundromat). I can’t even imagine what this is going to be like when we hit the terrible twos, or threes. Actually I don’t even want to imagine because at that point Aurora will also be a toddler and there will be some major double trouble action going on there. Of course, on Friday, I woke up with a sore throat and Aurora woke up coughing. Although I’ve had a perma-headache since Wednesday, it hasn’t really got any worse, and while Aurora has a bit of a cough, other than a runny nose, she seems to be weathering this cold a lot better than Luna. I also feel slightly bad because our new neighbour moved in last week and when I saw him I said that the kids were usually pretty quiet. Ha!
I honestly don’t think that my patience has been tried so much in a long time, and it’s been a good learning experience about my own limits. I haven’t been able to hand a kid off to Cesar because he’s currently working doubles Wednesday to Friday and we barely see each other to say hello during that time, let alone be able to find the time for me to take a kid break. This schedule is tough, but at the same time allows us to have two uninterrupted days altogether (2.5 days this week with Thanksgiving), so it is worth it. I am just going to have to figure out fun activities to keep Luna occupied during the long winter months, because they are going to be long. We stayed inside for three days straight, but on Saturday I couldn’t deal with it any longer, wrapped the girls up as warm as I could and went out for a brisk walk. Luckily the stroller winter covers arrived today, so now that it’s getting cold out Luna won’t be affected by the freezing wind hitting her directly in the face. In any case, this cold is still in her system and is really affecting her sleep, and therefore my sleep. Sweet little Aurora seems to manage to sleep through most of the screaming incidents, but that may just be because her way of fighting the cold is to sleep and she wasn’t getting enough of it (my fault, I wasn’t making sure she was napping enough, although she practically sleeps through the night right now). In any case, I decided to stage mini photo shoots to lighten up the mood, and to get back into practice again. I miss taking photos and I miss taking photos and focusing on what my camera is doing. This past year I have just been shooting and fixing, and not fixing then shooting. Too many blurry, badly focused photos, too many grainy iPhone photos. A change is needed! And I must get that amazing Fuji Film out and start using it properly. So anyway, here are some outtakes from our trapped inside photo shoots. I don’t know how professional photographers manage to get toddlers to keep still… Because I surely couldn’t! The best part about taking these photos was seeing the girls interact with each other, because it constantly makes my heart melt.