Yesterday was rough.
When Levi woke from his morning nap, we went on a lunch date to Whole Foods. Although he was being particularly noisy, he seemed to enjoy his macaroni and cheese and being out with mommy. Afterwards, we played at home until it was time for his afternoon nap. Because we had a cleaning lady working upstairs (our first time hiring a cleaning lady!) and I was afraid the vacuuming would wake up a sleeping baby, I moved Levi’s pack-n-play to the basement and tried to put him down in it.
He started shrieking as soon as I turned off the lights. A panicked, bloodcurdling scream-cry. I left him alone for a few minutes to try to work it out himself, but he wasn’t showing signs of calming down. So I went in to check on him and he stopped crying as soon as picked him up…and then started up again when I put him back down. This happened several times before I decided to bring him upstairs to his room. Screw the vacuum. I thought being in his own crib would alleviate whatever was causing him such angst.
We played the shrieking/pick-me-up game several more times before I just gave up. I couldn’t bear to listen to him scream any longer, and it was obvious that he didn’t want to nap. The ibuprofen I had given him to relieve his teething pain didn’t seem to be working, but it wasn’t medicine he wanted–it was me. As long as I was holding him, he was quiet.
Exhausted and feeling defeated, I cuddled Levi on my lap and turned on “Sesame Street.” Although I try to not be a “TV mom,” desperate times call for desperate measures. After 20 minutes of watching Elmo, Telly and some other blue monster turn themselves into shapes, Levi had calmed down enough that I could put him on the floor to play. He played bare-bottomed for a bit because he wouldn’t stay still for a diaper change, and I just couldn’t fight him any longer.
I handed Levi over to JB as soon as he walked through the door. Mama needed a break. The baby screamed and cried again when put him in his crib for night-night, but I was eventually able to rock him to sleep. And then it was my turn to cry.
It had been a long, long afternoon.
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