I have been doing well managing depression with a toddler and a newborn. Much better than I ever imagined I would after having C. Don’t get me wrong I have had my down days and days of doubt but I have found having a newborn baby totally different this time around. Whether that is more to do with my mental health being better or the fact C is a much easier baby I’m not 100% sure.
I have noticed a pattern that I definitely find the day harder after a night of broken sleep. I’m no stranger to broken sleep, in fact, I think I would find full nights sleep more strange. However, when the children decide to tag team me on their wake ups it’s HARD. I think I saw every hour on the clock from 2 am the other night until J woke at 6. Individually they both sleep well. Well as well as an 11 week old and a 4yr old who still wakes occasionally. I struggled the day after but stuck to my plan of an early morning gymnastics play, I would have much rather stayed in bed but we all know that’s not possible with a 4yr old.
I am finding that having the routine of the nursery at the beginning of the week is much easier than the randomness of weekends. I know C will get a decent nap in the car travelling to and from school, compared to being at home when I feel like I’m constantly telling J to use his quiet voice. C use to sleep through anything but now she is getting nosey as has FOMO ( fear of missing out).