A few weeks before Christmas, Rachel seemed to get an ear infection that would just not go away. It threw off her whole schedule and made sleeping through the night almost impossible. My husband and I felt like we had a newborn again with how often she would wake up crying, and then we realized, even as a newborn she wasn’t up that much! The poor babe had it bad. Plenty of doctor’s visits, antibiotics (and side effects to go with it!), sleepless nights (for her and us!), missed days from work and three Rocephin shots later, her ear infection was gone. We were thankful that it finally cleared up just in time for Rachel to celebrate and really enjoy this Christmas season. We were finally able to reestablish the nap time routine and nighttime routine without meeting much resistance from our sweet girl.
There was a part of me that wondered if she would want to be snuggled to sleep like she was when she was sick. Honestly, it’s not that I didn’t like rocking her to sleep. In fact, I thought it was kind of sweet that she would just want to snuggle her Mama when she wasn’t feeling so good. Rocking her to sleep was not the tough part at all, it warmed my heart! The hard part happened after she (finally!) fell asleep. Laying her down after she had woken up from me not so gracefully, but trying oh-so-hard to be as gentle and fluid as I possibly could, getting up from the chair and laying her in bed. She would wake up from the movement and start to scream. Then the cycle would start all over again. Needless to say, I was a bit worried that we were developing bad habits. However, she was quickly back to her old self within a few days of having the shots. It seems my girl lets me know exactly what she needs when she needs it. She is such a doll. We are thankful for the return of precious uninterrupted sleep…for us, and our girl!