long days

I get home from 14 hours of work (counting driving in and back) and it’s 8:30 or so, well past the time I usually put her to bed when I’m not working (7:30-8pm). Jo Jo is wide awake in her swing with her hair sticking straight up. My mom bathes her but saves the “putting to bed” for me. I talk to her a little, but she doesn’t smile. Apparently she had a fussy day. So I put her in her favorite position with her favorite “Avent” pacifier, and she falls asleep sucking contentedly on it, and goes right down in the bassinet. I cherish every moment and miss all the minutes with her I missed today. I’m sure “foster grandma” is happy I’m not working tomorrow!

She will be up at around 3-4:30, one hour more of sleep, up again, one hour more of sleep, up again to play for awhile, morning nap, afternoon nap, late afternoon nap, then bed again. She’s still so little… 12 weeks old! I expect she’ll nap less and less as time goes by. She now has a new nifty bouncer for “great-grandma’s” house. Did I mention on here that my mom and I care for my 80-something-year-old grandparents? My grandma has a hard time getting around (2 canes or a walker) and my grandpa has worsening Alzheimer’s. We prepare them lunch and dinner every day and take them to appointments, plus have two hired helpers that come twice a week each for food prep, cleaning, laundry, etc.

It’s a lot.

So Jo Jo is at great-grandma’s (next door) an awful lot, and she now has a pack n play bassinet, aquarium swing, bouncer, and floor baby gym that stay at grandma’s, along with diapers, bottle, and formula. She is not a fan of great-grandma feeding or holding her so much. In fact, she’s pretty fussy when we’re there. She is always happier at home. But I think she’s going to get used to it… she does like to watch grandpa’s dog wag his tail.

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