A good friend of mine and his partner recently adopted an adorable little boy. He’s only a few days younger than Aiman so my friend and I have been commiserating about the struggles difficulties stresses joys of parenting. After checking out this blog, I got the following email from him:
He looks SO peaceful! don’t you have any of him crying or screaming or spitting up!?!? C’mon … give us something to know everything isn’t so perfect at your house, eh?!?!
Oh man … this gave me a good laugh. Since writing this post about what a joy my little man is and how he sleeps a ton, my boy has taken to waking up every 1.5 hours at night to eat, because it is literally impossible to get him to do more than snack a bit during his nighttime feedings. In addition, my darling son has decided that 6:00 a.m. is the time that he wants to be awake … he usually goes back to sleep at about 9:00 a.m., but by that time the damage is done and its time for me to start my day. I usually try to get in an afternoon nap when he is taking his, but really I am getting about four hours of sleep a day and I am TIRED! But of course, it is totally perfect over here! The best part of the whole day though is when Aiman screams from about 9:00 p.m. to about 11:00 p.m. Why … I don’t know. He doesn’t want to eat, doesn’t care if he’s swaddled, doesn’t seem to be calmed by the shushing that usually gets him to quiet down. No … the only thing he wants is for me to be holding him perched on my left arm swinging/bouncing/rocking him up and down and side to side for hours (and hours and hours) and just when I think he is asleep, and I lie him down, he wakes back up and wants another hour or so of the swinging/bouncing/rocking. My left arm looks like it belongs to a professional wrestler on many steroids.
The reason there are no pictures of these activities is because I am usually too busy trying to get the little guy to stop crying to take any snapshots. But … in the interests of portraying a fair and accurate picture of life in my house, I made a mission of trying to capture Aiman at his screaming best tonight. I am probably not going to win any mom of the year awards for this, but I let the little guy wail for a few minutes this evening while I giggled uncontrollably and snapped these awesome pictures of the real Aiman!