Monday, July 25, 2011

Surgical Jet Lag

The surgery reset Raphaela's internal clock, and since that stay overnight in the hospital, she now wakes up at 2:30 am, ready to go and greet the day.  Here I thought that her usual time of 5:30 am was godawful early.  I know that this week represents a different and confusing schedule, and hopefully once Rapaela returns to Gan, her sleep schedule will stabilize as well.

I have also noticed an amped level of aggression as another unanticipated side-effect of the surgery.  It is likely that some part of Raphaela is angry at me, after all, I was the person who brought her to the hospital and to the surgical theatre.  It is just as likely that Raphaela has more energy than she ever did before in order to fully express her "terrible twos."  In any case, there has been lots of testing of limits and pronounced Israeli shoulder shrugs, along with frustration at being stuck close to home this week, and eating a more limited diet than she would like.

Tonight it took four attempts before Raphaela would stay in bed, and she ended up going to sleep several hours past her bedtime.  Maybe she will sleep later tomorrow morning?  A Mommy can dream.

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