I am so tired. You’d think RR was an infant, I am so tired. In fact, I think she might think she’s an infant for all the time she’s spending being a pain in the ass all. night. long.
Sorry. I fell asleep just then at the sound of my own pitiful whining. Also, because I am exhausted.
But! I am not here to (entirely) complain about sometimes four-times-a-night wake up calls (that’s putting it delicately) because we all have colds (thanks, RR) and it has been unreasonably cold in our house. It’s a brick box. It takes awhile to get hot or cold but when it does, hoo boy, prepare for endless shivering/sweating. Yes, we have a thermostat. Yes, it works beautifully in seasonable weather, which both it and I consider to be between 50-80 degrees all year long. 20s – I object to you.
So, our room is freezing and RR’s room is chilly so we’ve stepped up our parenting game and dressed her in warmer clothes. We have humidified her cold. We have anticipated her every need. We have followed the parenting strategy that got us this far: we do go in, we do find whatever is missing, and we do give her a hug if she wants it. She doesn’t take advantage and she’s not going to be small forever. I’ll take cuddling where I can get it. We lessened the number of things in her bed. We stopped humidifying, applying what we know of temperature and science. Still, we wonder, is her bed somehow made of icy spikes? And is her voice so much louder at night? It’s like the howling of a dozen…well, howlers. I’m too tired for metaphors.
The point! You knew it was coming! When do people (you, obviously, because no one else has time for blah blah blah it’ssocold) give kids a pillow, sheet, and/or blanket? Have we been cruelly making our child do penance with her old square swaddle for a blanket and nothing else? Why do we even use pillows anyway? Does every child you know have a cozy bed by two and a half? Do they use normal-sized pillows? Does she have to be out of the crib to get bedding? How have I missed this important parenting lesson? So tell me, worst parents ever?