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A sharp morning

This morning my sweet little one decided to rise before the sun. Not being anything that even resembles a morning person, I glanced at the clock, saw that it was 4:49 a.m. and groaned. I gently (or perhaps not so gently) nudged my husband to see if he would volunteer to get up. No response. Definitely not ready to face the day, I had an idea – pretend to be asleep and she’ll go back to sleep. Brilliant, right?

It didn’t work out exactly as I had hoped. First little one poked my eyes. When that didn’t work, she leaned over and snuggled into the crock of my arm. I thought it had worked and she was about to fall asleep. Then I felt it — eight sharp little teeth on my bare arm. Ouch!! Apparently my shark baby has discovered that biting mommy is more effective than an alarm clock. This is not a lesson I had planned to teach her.

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Nine months ago my whole world changed. That sounds cliche doesn’t it? But it is oh so true. The focus of my world shifted from me to the loudest and most adorable little bald person I had ever met — my daughter. I left a successful and promising career in litigation, sold my beautiful but expensive house, moved my new little family in with my mother (temporarily I hope), tossed my suits, heels and briefcase into plastic bins, bought some new t-shirts and flats, and became a stay-at-home mom. I knew it would be hard, but it turns out that it is HARD. Wonderful, loving, and rewarding, but tough.

Everyday poses a new challenge. Some I see coming, some broadside me while I stumble around in a sleep-deprived daze. How do I get her to sleep? How do I get her to sleep alone? What do I feed her? What do I do with her when I shower? Am I already behind in potty training??

This blog is intended to be a place to vent and share my answers. We’ll see how it goes. One thing I have learned as a new mom is that despite research and the best intensions, I don’t know how many things will work out until I try them.