We're down to 32 contenders, so we have 16 match-ups. We'll be doing 4 each day for 4 days, one from each division. I'm switching the voting times to run from 9 am EDT to 9 am EDT so I can go to bed on time every night.
What surprised you? Post in the comments.
And now let's get started with today's voting:
Partner asks "What did you do all day?" vs. 9-month sleep regression
You know you woke up at 6, but everything between then and 6 pm is a massive blur. The baby seems to be fed, and there's spit-up on your shirt, and you desperately need a nap, but that's the only evidence you have that you were even alive.
9-month sleep regression
How many times, exactly, can this kid wake up in any given night???
Another mom in your mom's group writes a book during naptime
And fiction. She wrote a fiction book, with a complex plot, even.
Persistent diaper rash
You really, really hope the anti-fungal works. But how did your baby's butt get a fungus in the first place?
Your sister's baby sleeps 8 hours at 6 weeks old
You love your sister, and are happy for her that she's getting sleep, but after all those months and months of struggle with your own baby's sleep, now everyone's looking at you like you're the dumb one. You never thought sibling issues would come into play until your own child had a sibling.
Pet wakes baby from nap
The worst part of the pet waking the baby is how close you were to the pet before the baby came. That dog was your baby for so long, but now you're ready to banish it to the basement if it won't stop barking and waking your human baby.
Asked "When are you due?" when baby is a year old
The body issues are so confusing. First you have no control over your own body during pregnancy (even if you were able to get pregnant when you wanted to and didn't have another whole layer of body angst), then the whole delivery, then the weirdness of trying to nurse, and now your body just doesn't seem to be yours in the same way it was before. You honestly don't need well-intentioned strangers adding more weirdness to your body image.
Mommy drive-by from stranger
You know that before you had a child you THOUGHT stuff like that about random parents you saw, but would you ever have actually SAID anything out loud? No, because you're a civilized human being. Why do people say hurtful things?
Come back tomorrow for the next four match-ups in Round 2!