We are quite close, really, to being in good shape. If it wasn't for the family cold, that is. But that will pass. The main reason things are a bit chaotic, is that Junior doesn't nap. Or, more accurately, he doesn't nap unless
- He is in the mood
- He is the pram AND
- The pram is moving quite fast, preferably on slightly bumpy ground OR
- He is on the boob, where the boob will remain in his mouth for the entire nap period. Removing the boob leads to waking up, screamy baby
Note that rocking the pram to and from while, say, standing in a queue to buy a cup of coffee, or talking to someone, or sitting down in any way, is not adequate. Pram must be m.o.v.i.n.g Mummy. Moving such as to go from point A to point B, where points A and B are at least 10 metres apart. That fake moving is simply unacceptable. If he does wake, he usually will not go down again, and then I have him screaming all the way home. Which makes both him and me feel terrible, not to mention the odd looks I get from passers by.
The whole napping scenario makes getting anything done rather difficult, since I'm either feeding, walking him around, or snatching a minute or two with Pob. Everything else isn't happening. To whit the mess our basement is in, and the fact that I started weighing out ingredients for biscuits for Pob's birthday party 2 days ago but haven't got beyond flour and oats. It's a little frustrating. The two hour slot Pob used to give me in the middle of the day when she was this age was fantastic. I'd bung her in her pram with her dummy and start walking, and within 5 minutes she'd be out. I could meet friends for lunch, run errands, sit and read a book, and she'd reliably stay asleep for the whole 2 hour slot. Happy days.
The upside of this non-napping is that he does crash out in the evenings. He usually falls asleep sometime during the 5pm feed, I wake him to get him ready for bed and feed him again around 7pm. He's usually asleep by 1930 or so, and I can swaddle him and put him down and he usually stays down until just after midnight, then feeds and goes down again til about 5am. Which again is not as good as Pob was doing at this stage, but is also not bad.
So I'm trying to count my blessings, but it's still frustrating not to be able to get stuff done during the day, and not to be able to spend more time with Pob. I think napping bootcamp may be in order.