One of the things that helped me recover from Eleanor’s birth was a little innovation I’ve dubbed the Nap Picnic.
For a Nap Picnic, I set aside the whole day to be IN BED. Just me and the baby. I think all new mothers should give this a try. You nurse, you nap, you read, you nap, you run out to the kitchen just long enough to bring back a snack, you nap. No TV. No phone. No laundry. Just you and the bed. Repeat as needed (I went with one dose every 5-10 days.) Nap Picnics can work wonders.
I’ve discovered, however, this process is harder with the second child. Thanks to a loving husband that took Eleanor away for much of the morning and early afternoon, I managed to get a half-day Nap Picnic today.
It. Was. WONDERFUL.
See, I overdid things a bit yesterday, and didn’t manage my pain meds very well. By last night I was in agony. So, I took half of a hydrocodone, and this morning I was a droopy eyed moron. Saralyn, who is way fond of her sleep, was all for a day of lounging in bed. The bedroom was bright and sunny, which made for toasty warm snoozin’. By 1PM, I was much refreshed, and able to get up and going.
Why do I call it a Nap Picnic? Well, I guess I feel about actual picnics the same way I feel about these slumberfests: it’s nice to have a change of scenery where you nibble through a special day. Both events are best set on flat, blanketed surfaces, and both are best on warm, sunny days.
Saralyn is a wonderful sleeper. And for that, I am truly grateful. It’s just been such a shock for me to discover that the great struggle of having a second child is not the second child, it’s the tantrums of the first child who is ticked off at her parents for having a second child. Eleanor and I had a serious talk today about her behavior, and I thought I got through to her. Clearly, twenty minutes later, when she flung the whole bowl of applesauce onto her father and me, I was mistaken.
So, I’m looking for advice. Nap Picnics help me deal with kid #2, but how do I help Kid #1 deal with Kid #2??? Or, how do I get Eleanor to forgive her parents for giving her a sister?