Screaming baby and wailing toddler at the same time - who do you go to first? Latch baby on quick, settle toddler with dum dum and blankie, put down for nap...
burp baby, put down in bouncy chair to sleep.
2 minutes later...toddler banging on cot bars and going "eeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeee!" baby jumps, stirs, scrunches up face....mother holds breath.....baby falls back asleep.
More "eeee eee eeee"-ing coming from toddler, now it turns into "waaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaa aaaa" baby wriggles, sniffles, starts to pant with stuffy nose....
and they're both screaming again.
Run upstairs, get dum dum from beneathe cot, stuff in toddler's mouth, put him down on his back again, ignore frustrated cries of "No! No! NO!" walk outside to hear toddler moaning and wailing again. Baby crying downstairs.
Run downstairs, rock bouncer a few times whilst biting lip so hard it bleeds.
Yawn - still exhausted from having little to no sleep last night (and the night before and the night before that...)
Baby falls back asleep but toddler is now throwing a tantrum in cot.
Something starts brewing inside, a tense, dark feeling of "I'm going to explode". Tears brimming eyes and lump forms in throat.
How do women cope? HOW CAN I COPE? Mother wonders desperately.
Is he asleep? Are they both asleep? Can I now sleep??
Tip toe to bed....
"eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeee !!!!" (Toddler)
"uh uh uh, waaaaaa" (Baby)
Heavenly Father give me strength...
It's so true - there's no rest for the wicked.