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  1. Jazz says:

    And that would be reason 584,682 I don’t have kids.

    I don’t do good with sleep deprivation. If I had gone through that, I wouldn’t have kids anymore and I would be in jail.

  2. Claire says:

    “rigor resisto” -LMAO!! That’s a good move followed up later on by ‘jelly skeleton’.
    Oh, I feel your pain, really, TestCase was like that too as a baby. He was a hyper child, rebellious teenager and now at almost 22 he is quite agreeable and nearly civilized.

  3. lime says:

    dear god, you just gave me the most horrible flashbacks to limelette #2s infancy. you’ll be hearing from my therapist about the reactivation of my PTSD. it was compounded by the fact that if i tried to hand her to anyone, including her father she went into the rigor resisto mode and at earsplitting decibels. oh, did i also forget to mention she was hypoglycemic at birth and the pediatrician told me to not only nurse on demand but to under no circumstances make her wait for longer than it took to whip out the tit if she gave any indication of wanting it……yeah, nursing every hour and a hlf and she was sorta lazy about it and it usually took between 30 and 45 minutes to complete a feeding. well, paint me with black spots, tie a bell around my neck and call me bessie but that was, pardon the pun, outrageously draining to endure between the intermittant screaming bouts for the first 6 weeks.

    ah, but now she is a teenager and in hormone hell. i should somehow feel relieved, right?

  4. Balou says:

    I’m going to sleep really good tonight in your honor. Great story Jocelyn.

  5. Jeannie says:

    Well, you made me feel better. I used to get upset because none of my kids slept through the night. Ever. But at least they would sleep for 3 hours at a time. The twins were easier than the first believe it or not. Now it’s the dog that gets me up.

  6. susan says:

    The stuff they never tell you about before you have kids. I was nodding right along with you the whole time. Well, except for the camping…although we went camping two weeks before she was born, does that count?

  7. Theresa says:

    Here I am at last, snorting my coffee through my nose as usual. I just couldn’t stop laughing with “getting peed on by a newborn boy with a wild and independent penis was merely cause for laughter and a quick mopping up…” The rest of the post just made me cringe; I remember our third (the other two slept pretty well) not sleeping for at least 6 months, but nothing compared to what you went through. The amazing thing is that so many babies survive to adulthood; lucky for humanity that the hormones somehow get us through it without killing someone.

  8. Vest says:

    Great read, I do understand the problems women go through. Bringing five sons into the world while I was away at sea is a compliment to my dear wife.

  9. Glamourpuss says:

    I’ve just booked a consultation for a hysterectomy. I never, ever want to go through that.

    You’re a trooper, Jocelyn.

    Puss

  10. That Chick Over There says:

    I’m feeling strong desire to use the phrase, “wild and independent penis”.

    I’ll see where I can fit it in.

    Man, that sounded dirty.

  11. Logophile says:

    DAMMIT, Joc!
    I was almost recovered now that my non-sleeper is 8.
    ALMOST!
    Now I am twitching and drooling again.
    I feel the need for a nap

  12. frannie says:

    oh good gracious! I thought I had it bad.

    it has been over a year and I still haven’t slept more than 4 hours at a time… and like you said: that is on a good night.

    but that is nothing compared to you. I wouldn’t have survived.

  13. furiousBall says:

    Although I value the sleep I get now, I miss Van and Viv padding down the hallway and curling up with me in the middle of the night. They got good at it, usually without waking me. I’d just wake up with short people all over me

  14. Mother of Invention says:

    I think I was getting colic just reading this! Now I know the real reason I didn’t have kids! I could never have handled that! You poor babe and Groom too.
    Well, they’ve (combined) probably earned all the points lost then, in cuteness now…and if they take care of you in your old age of course!

  15. My Reflecting Pool says:

    ouch. Not sure I would have survived that situation. Not really how you did. I love the picture of the uncomfortable looking baby on a matt next to the tent. As if to say: Here bear, don’t eat us, eat this sacrificial offering.

    I suppose you arent interested in hearing about my 6 hours a night when my baby girl was 2 weeks old eh?

  16. Stepping Over the Junk says:

    I am laughing so hard! My kids both slept 4-6 hours at a time by 4 weeks. Through the night at 8 weeks (as in, put them to bed at 7, pull them out at 10 to feed, I went to bed, they would wake around 3 for feeding and then sleep again until 7am). I was very very lucky.

    I also am chuckling at “Moondoggie!” I went to highschool with the son of the woman who Gidget was written about. (her father wrote it about her)

  17. Karen says:

    Ah the joys of parenthood. Renews my desire to remain childless. But they are a joy at times, aren’t they? I’m just glad to be an auntie and not a mommie.

    Ps: tag, you’re it.

  18. Diana says:

    Oh sweet sobbing sandmen. I can’t begin to imagine. How you bravely had a second child is a testament to your fortitude or your insanity. If I weren’t in fear of your abilities to puree my head in a quality food processor, I’d say that I’d been blessed with rather good sleepers.

    Fortunately, I’m not stupid like that and will only sit here and shake my head in horror and sisterly sympathy.

  19. Anonymous says:

    aahh…sleep stories. I always wondered if the more one liked sleep the less their child would sleep. A friend who adopted three boys at birth had great sleepers and she figured it had to do with her hormones and body dealing just fine after their birth.
    got my own screamer right now so gotta run!
    Julie

  20. Voyager says:

    I thought my kid was the only one who howled all night every night. I am amazed you were brave enough to have a second.
    V.

  21. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    You have written the story of my first child here, except that her father had better things to do than help in any way.

    She had to be held all the time. All.the.time. I was exhausted, of course, and only once managed to fool her by placing a slender book of poetry the approximate size of my hand on her little back. It never worked again, though.

    I drove her around all night every night so she would sleep, but she always woke up at red lights.

    Somehow we both survived, even me, and she has always liked poetry.

    When my son was born a year and a half later, I knew as he was placed next to my face that he was different. He slept and was generally considerate, which I thought an amazing novelty. My third child, too, was agreeable, which I especially appreciated because I had a basis for comparison.

  22. Infinitesimal says:

    tired, missed ya, just finishe summer of grad school….4.0 yeee haw!

    hey teach, want for me to tells ya a story?

  23. Diesel says:

    Our first child slept through the night at 11 days old.

    I will be waiting for a toothless, one-armed apparition to torment me in my dreams.

  24. Emma in Canada says:

    I can be the last comment…my oldest slept through the night (a solid 14 hours) at 6 days old. All of mine were good sleepers, for the most part. Which especially makes the last one very lucky, because had she not been a good sleeper, her and I would have parted ways many months ago.

  25. Wizened Wizard says:

    C’mon, Jocelyn, tell us the truth. We’ll still stand by you. You’re in a max. security center for the criminally insane, right? And those poor dead babes… Well, they deserved it, didn’t they? Oh? They aren’t dead? I see. Somebody had you certified when you got pregnant the second time. Well, sure, being locked away beats raising such squalling little ingrates.

    Just think: with any luck, some day they will have sleepless children of their own. There will be justice.

    Okay, kidding aside, I don’t know how you survived. Parenthood is a life sentence, and you must surely be fit for the assignment. Girl Child and Wee Niblet are made of strong stuff.

  26. Shari says:

    Ah, those infant years…sorry to tell you this, but I survived by turning off my hearing aids…(ow, don’t hit me!!)…all in all they weren’t too bad, though they had their moments (or rather, should I say, nights?) Now I got it worst-A teenager!! Accckkk! And a second-grader. Double acckkk!!

  27. Dan says:

    I don’t excel at patience when every single one of my bodily orifices is dripping.

    LOL!! Oh my God you have a way with words. I can’t say I blame you much. I wouldn’t have much patience in that state either! 🙂

  28. Dorky Dad says:

    So, what are you saying here. I don’t think you’re being clear enough with this post. I *think* you might be saying, possibly, that your kid didn’t sleep much at first. Is that right?

  29. Keshi says:

    wut a sweet romantic story!

    **And later that night, I got pregnant.

    ooh lala that was quick ha 😉

    Cute cute bubz! but if n when I become a mum, I’d die of sleep deprivation…i so know that! COs I love my sleep right now!

    Keshi.

  30. mcewen says:

    That’s why the experience of motherhood unites us all. Great post and best wishes

  31. CS says:

    Oh my God. I used to want to physically hurt people who would complain about their baby waking up twice during the night. There were so many, many nights when I nursed my baby all night long. Literally. I would just switch him from one side to the other, back and forth, in a sleep-deprived haze. And trying to get him to sleep in his own crib – Holy hell. With the second one, I didn’t bother – he slept on my chest for 8 months, happy as a clam.

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