Primo is having a REAL nap right now. He has only had a few of these over the last 6 weeks. These naps lasting more than half an hour make my day infinitely happier. Who knew I could feel happy about cleaning the kitchen, folding 3 loads of laundry and paying the bills, but happy I am.
The first week Primo was with us was beyond exhausting. It felt a bit like I was in shock. There was so many appointments, so many new things to learn, lack of sleep and the house felt like it was falling down around me.
As this is my first placement I am hoping the next ones may be easier. But I think that any time you take in a child there will be an adjustment period.
Routine was my best friend, and there was not a lot of routine with a month old baby. Luckily my kids and husband helped set up new routines. Mike took over the food shopping and cooking in the evenings. I napped every day.
Slowly we created a routine at night with me doing the feedings and Mike changing diapers.
I really could not get enough routine, and Primo could not be routine enough at his age.
Time helped. I was literally bleary eyed tired the first week, I couldn't drive or do anything with the exception of napping whenever Primo napped.
The second week was a little easier and it has been getting better ever since.