So I'm not currently in paid employment outside the home but gee... thank goodness it's Friday. It's been a long week but thankfully, things are looking up today. The erratic sleeping patterns (okay there has been no pattern and there has been precious little sleep) have run their course, the crying now seems to be occurring for valid reasons (wet nappies, parents having the audacity to watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta whilst feeding) for which there are solutions (parents now watch Clean House or ABC Breakfast instead).
I'm guilty of getting so caught up with finding definitive solutions to definitive 'problems' that I tend to forget that the glaringly obvious. That babies are small human beings. And that human beings are all individual. Sometimes, all that can be achieved with trying to impose sleep on another person is tears and tension all round. Which isn't the best use of those precious hours of wakefulness we share as a family.
Despite the frayed nerves, the week is ending with a sense of achievement. That advice was sought and obtained. That the advice given was considered and trialled. And perhaps most importantly, I had the confidence to step back and look at the bigger picture. In doing so, the complexity of the situation has been lost and miraculously, I'm sitting here refreshed from a night of 3 hour blocks of sleep that each started with minimal fuss. I don't know how long this will last but I do know that they're happening now because they were meant to.
The fascinating thing is seeing the change in Baby SSG after these unsettled times pass. He returns to his usual cheerful self but with new skills and even more smiles.
So, here's to the weekend and to the light at the end of tunnels!