Sunday, November 22, 2015

Six Months with Sammy

On October 2, our Sammy turned six months old.  He had a checkup and shots on October 5.  He weighed in at 18 lbs. 5 oz., and was in the 90th percentile for weight and height.  
 Unfortunately, Sammy had a very mild cold that day, but the combination of shots and congestion made him super clingy and gave him trouble relaxing.  By dinner time, I was a hostage to a baby who could only relax if I was lying with him in a quiet room.  If I tried to extract myself when he seemed to be asleep, he would wake up immediately and start to scream.  Fortunately, Jordanne came home and got dinner on the table while I endured a forced snuggle.  I know all of you grandmothers may be thinking that I should just enjoy these precious snuggles, but this was a very stressful situation for me.  The other kids could have been doing ANYTHING, and I would have been powerless to stop it.  I can enjoy snuggles when all toddlers and preschoolers are appropriately supervised.
 It happened again the next day, and I thought I was going to be stuck there forever when he fell asleep on me like this:
I am grateful for the perspective I get from having older children who were also difficult sleepers when we have hard days like this, or the occasional night when Sammy wakes up every hour, or the regular nights when he wakes up every two to three hours.  I may be tired, but I know this won't last forever.  Besides, this little munchkin is worth it.
 I can squeeze these chubby little cheeks and be grateful that my challenging days of parenting sleepless babies are numbered.
I sure do love this slobbery little Sammy.  

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