Shoes in the Sock Drawer

As I was putting away the baby’s clothes today, I found a pair of my shoes in her sock drawer.

I am sure that my oldest daughter put them there, but I have no idea why. And I’m sure she has no idea either.

It is a big week here in the Parris house. We are planning two parties for the next few days, I have tons of errands to run, two cakes to bake and decorate, and on top of that, the baby is sick and needs to go to the doctor.

My plan was to come up with a very well thought out schedule for my week so that I wouldn’t get overwhelmed with all that I had to do. I have a weekly schedule that I devised a few days ago to help me get a grip on all that I have to do around here.

My schedule shows that I should be starting my day at 7:00 a.m.

Um, yeah. That hasn’t happened yet.

Because my almost 8 month old baby does not yet sleep through the night.


My first child slept through the night at 3 months old, so we expected the same from this one.

Not so, my friends. Not so.

Which brings me back to my self-imposed wake up time of 7 a.m. Now, I used to wake up each day at 5:30 when I taught in public school, so 7 shouldn’t seem that early to me. But it might as well be “rising with the chickens” when you haven’t slept longer than a 4 hour stretch in oh, let’s say, 8 months!

So, instead I spend my days trying to play catch up and wondering how late in the day I can drink one more cup of coffee and not have it keep me up until 3 a.m. tossing and turning.

We tried letting her cry it out a couple of nights, and like the doctor said, she slept through the next night.

Then, she got sick and it all fell apart again.
Then, she decided to sleep through for about a week, and we thought we were pass the sleeplessness. But, then…

…she started teething.

And then, she got sick AGAIN….

I have to tell you that I am tired….so tired.

All. The. Time.

So, what I am hoping and praying for is something unexpected. A little “ah-ha” kind of moment. Where we find something (i.e. sleep) where we least expect it…

Much like finding shoes in the sock drawer…