Momsomnia

This post is 3 days in the making and this is the third time I sat down to write it. The first two times were some how deleted and lost all of my witty insight about momsomnia.

  • Day 1: I got this. Sleep deprivation can’t hold me back!
  • Day 2: Kinda tired, but can job about it. Extra coffee and ready to go…

I am now on day 3 of momsomnia and not feeling so cheeky.

What exactly is momsomnia, you ask? It’s a made up name for a very real condition that has developed during month 7 of parenthood. It’s a very specific case of insomnia. Symptoms include obsession about sleep, over dramatizing everything, sleep deprivation, giggles, sobbing, the grumpies, and zombie-like activities. Let me share with you this downward spiral (this outline is only insight from my own personal experinece, I don’t care that your baby started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old, liar):

  1. Baby is born. Life = bliss for a week while the baby sleeps. Then, parenting begins. The baby wakes – at all hours. Cries… alot. You don’t sleep for the next three months. When you do sleep, it’s sitting up, in the shower, at work on your lunch break…
  2. By months three and four baby begins sleeping better. Still waking but a system is down, you can generally expect when he will wake and work out a turn taking routine with your spouse. Sleep happens. Many tired mornings, lots of coffee, but generally longer stretches. The function of 5 (hours of sleep) rule is in play.
  3. Months five and six are spa like bliss! Baby wakes once a night, minus a few nights of regression. You and your partner work out a system to take turns sleeping through the night while baby wakes once and is back down.
  4. Month seven. Teething. Regression. Crawling. Baby has a rough week and mom regresses to step 1. Then, as quickly as baby regressed he reverts back to step 3. Great for baby – awful for mom. My body is now on full blast stage newborn. I can get the baby back to sleep quickly when we wakes, but now I am also wide awake. Sleep does not happen. Thus commences all symptoms mentioned above: obsession about sleep, over dramatizing everything, sleep deprivation, giggles, sobbing, the grumpies, and zombie-like activities

This blog post is dedicated to the worst of all momsomnia symptoms: obsession about sleep. And, maybe some over-dramatization. This post has no solutions or witty insight that my first two posts originally did. This is just a glimpse into momsomnia, my very real condition with a silly name.

The 7 Month Old Dinner Experience

In our house we appreciate all of the simple things (like a yummy dinner with the family) and fine moments (watching our lil guy explore new foods – the faces are priceless).

But, even appreciating all of those fine moments over the greater part of a year that little Owen has joined us, it’s hard to believe that he turned 7 months old yesterday! How is it that he already has favorite foods? Opinions on toys? He’s crawling around (oh, I now understand the fuss about baby proofing). It’s such a strange feeling dealing with the mixed emotions of extreme excitement to experience all these new activities and discoveries with him; but also a sense of sadness that some moments of newborn newness have already passed.

Since solid (well, kinda solid, mostly just super mashed and pureed) foods have been apart of our guy’s excitement lately, I gave him lots of time last night, and took tons of pictures, to just watch him explore, experience, be a little dramatic and giggle as he chowed down on some peas and bananas.

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It’s so easy as adults to forget that for an infant, even one that is crawling, babbling and has preferences, every experience is new. And, even the introduction of pureed peas is something to celebrate and experience.

Happy 7 months Owen – it was a fine moment!

What Came First, the Blanket or the Paint?

As my partner and I are navigating the jungle that I call the FHA Loan process (also, while living with my parents until we close) I can’t help but get excited for the upcoming move! We have rented until now, so it’s finally time to make a house OUR home, with all the furnishing and fixtures that speak to our style.

During this process we need to consider resale value, our budget, merging two design strong design aesthetics, and not getting too far ahead of ourselves and finishing one project at a time.

While we still have a few weeks of waiting, I am starting to get my feet a little wet and figuring out what we want to do with the master and baby boy bedrooms. I have my pinterest board full of ideas… but in reality I still need to narrow it down. It may be a bit difficult to fit a country-style, contemporary, spa like, feminine-masculine-gender neutral, blue-green-purple-yellow-neutral-bright-calming-loud design all in one space. Seriously, folks – It can’t be done.

I spent some time browsing the local do-it-yourself-er store and I got stuck in a huge dilemma… do I start with a paint color or a fabric? Most advice says paint… I am leaning fabric… or paint…

If I start with the paint, I need to find a blanket and fabrics that compliment the paint. The paint is a bit more permanent. Or, do I search around until I am inspired by a fabric.. and then find a paint that compliments the design??

Please send me your design tricks and ideas! I would love to feature some of our renovations and will give a shout out to any ideas you send my way. I plan to do this all on a tight budget – so, $$savvy works best for me.