Thursday, April 1st, 2010 • 2 Comments
Oh, the cuteness. It breaks my heart sometimes.
Patrick had his four month appointment today. (He’ll actually be four months old on Easter.) This picture was taken while we were waiting for the doctor—and before his vaccinations. (Which he handled remarkably well. I hope that never changes.) We were almost late to his appointment because I—believe it or not—overslept. Which is not an entirely accurate statement because I went to bed after midnight and was up at 1:30, 3, 5, 5:30 and 6:40. Technically, I got up way too early. But when I went back to sleep sometime after 6:40, I fully expected Patrick to wake me up with his baby calls somewhere between 7 and 7:30. I woke up on my own at 8:22 and he was still asleep. Which is also not entirely accurate, because I remember hearing him babbling to himself sometime after 5:30. (For the record, I woke up at 1:30 and 3 for no reason, 5 and 6:40 because of the elderly blind cat, and Henry needed to go out at 5:30.) Patrick is very good at putting himself back to sleep if he wakes up too early (translation: before I’m physically able to crawl out of bed). Of course, I was kind of counting on him waking me up this morning. Silly baby.
So, I jumped out of bed at 8:22, checked on him (still sleeping), brushed my teeth and hair, got dressed, put on some makeup, gently woke baby (opened his blinds, made some noise, touched his face), changed his diaper, took him downstairs, got him dressed, slapped a bib on him, warmed and fed him a bottle, called Jay on Skype, cleaned the litter box, let the dog out again, turned the television on for Lola (the bird who gets grumpy if the television isn’t on), packed the diaper bag, loaded Patrick up in his car seat and we were out of the house at 9:12 and at the doctor’s office at 9:27. Whew. (I wasn’t sure if his appointment was at 9:30 or 9:45 and never did find out.) I could have cut 8 minutes off my time if I hadn’t bothered to straighten my hair.
It’s nice to be so quick and efficient when I have to be. It wasn’t that long ago (almost four months!) that it took Jay and me over an hour to get ready, get Patrick ready and get out of the house for his first doctor’s appointment. And we were still late.
I have certainly adjusted to life with baby. Funny how that happens.
The irony, of course, is that Patrick sleeps through the night and I still don’t. Eight hours in bed last night and I got up five times. Five! People told me that taking care of a baby would be so exhausting that I’d probably sleep better at night. Of course, they forgot about the old blind cat who gets lost in my bedroom and the old deaf dog who is still recovering from his inner ear infection (and still needs help up and down the stairs). Not to mention my own crazy insomnia. But I’d rather Patrick sleep through the night than me. It most definitely works out better that way.
Except now I’m quite tired and it just dawned on me that I haven’t managed to take a shower yet today.