Here's the third of four batches for Round 2. Vote for the one you think is worse in each pair. Voting for this batch is open from Saturday at 9 am EDT through Monday at 9 am EDT.
And away we go!
Which is more grueling? No down time for you, or the xtreme crankiness as the napless day wears on?
You can never win with a 3.5-year-old. They seem to be able to test every boundary, even ones you didn't know you had. Even when you give in, they freak out because you gave in. And they never stop talking.
4-month sleep regression
The 4-month sleep regression made me feel genuine despair, and a lack of faith that I could actually make it through the parenting experience.
You'd almost just be ready to give up and say, "Fine! See if I care!" to a baby who won't nurse, if only you weren't so swollen and achy.
Business trip when your baby's under 6 months old
The pain of leaving (and prepping to leave) and missing the baby, combined with the guilt at feeling so happy to sleep through the night alone in a bed.
Baby sleeps through night but you have insomnia
It's probably a magnesium deficiency, not something seriously wrong with you or irreversible, but it's grueling and makes you feel like it's your own fault somehow.
Partner's business trip when your baby's under 6 months old
All alone, for days at a time, with a creature who doesn't sleep more than 3-4 hours at a time.
Mommy drive-by from your mommy
It either cuts to the core, or makes you realize how little you have in common with the woman who raised you.
Last batch of Round 2 voting opens Monday at 9 am EDT and closes Tuesday at 9 am EDT.