Apologies in advance – this isn’t my normal “sunshine and rainbows” blog post.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks in the Elliott household.
Sleepless nights, teething, an extra demanding work schedule for my husband – and life in general has been challenging lately.
I never, ever imagined that something as simple as getting a baby to sleep for more than 3-hours straight would prove to be so incredibly challenging.
But, it is!
We’ve tried the cry it out method, sleep training, the “sleep wave,” co-sleeping – you name it we’ve tried it.
I’ve read the books and the blogs and bought the sleep sacks and turned her room into a black cave that smells of lavender.
In a moment of pure desperation, I even hired a sleep consultant.
And absolutely NONE of it has made a darn difference.
In her whole ten months of existence, I can count on one hand the number of nights my daughter has slept for more than 3 hours consecutively.
For a results-driven person like myself, this has been a totally mind-blowing experience.
Being a mom is every bit as amazing and terrifying and beautiful and all of the other descriptors that everyone says it is.
But here’s the one I don’t think we hear enough: Being a parent is really friggin’ hard work.
Life isn’t awesome all of the time – however hard we may attempt to make it appear that way.
However, I can make the conscious choice to focus on the positive, even in my sleep-deprived state of mind.
Here is my positive: Success is found in being willing to grow.
Look at how much I’ve learned as a mom over the past ten months!
Mainly, I’ve learned how little I really knew that I thought I already knew – but that’s beside the point.
And in a couple months when Liv turns 1, I probably still won’t know much of anything.
But here’s what I am doing right – I’m gathering wisdom (from much smarter, more experienced moms and dads).
I’m learning from my (numerous) mistakes. I’m increasingly humbled. I’m remaining flexible.
I’m just trying to love my sweet baby the best that I can.
Because I blinked and she’s ten and a half months old. I’ll blink again and she’ll be asking me for a car.
At the end of the day - no matter what else happens - if I can say that I showed up for my family to the best of my ability, that is a good day.
Honestly, isn’t that all that can be expected from any of us?
When your head hits the pillow at night (oh sweet sleep!), can you say with certainty that your family would be protected if something should happen to you?
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Unlike sleep training a baby.
Amanda “Mombie (AKA Mom Zombie)” Lynch Elliott
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