It All Falls Down by Denise Grover Swank : Rose Gardner Investigations #7 (Rose Gardner Investigatons) EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Denise Grover Swank
- Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery Romance
- Publish Date: 9 February 2021
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
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“Your turn,” I said, reaching out blindly for Joe in the darkness.
My hand connected with his elbow, and I gave him a shove as
the baby’s wails grew louder.
He tugged the sheet over his head, but I still heard his
muffled response. “I got up last time.”
Had he? I was so sleep deprived I couldn’t be sure, but baby Hope didn’t
appreciate our debate and cried even louder.
“I’m so tired I think I might be brain dead,” I groaned as I rolled out of
bed and stumbled across the hall to the nursery. Hope had worked herself up
to a decibel level that would have been fitting for a fire alarm. My dog,
Muffy, was giving me an anxious glare from her new bed next to the crib.
The day we brought Hope home from the hospital Muffy had appointed
herself my daughter’s guardian, and she rarely left her side.
“It’s okay. Momma’s here,” I said as I reached into the crib and scooped
Hope up. “What’s wrong? Are you missin’ us, sweet girl? You just ate.”
Her response was to cry louder. Muffy got out of her bed and gave me a
look that begged me to do something.
“Okay. Okay,” I said, soothing them both as I cuddled Hope close to my
chest. I sat in the rocking chair and lifted my pajama T-shirt so I could nurse
her. She latched on immediately and settled down, putting Muffy at ease. My
little dog went back to her bed and resumed her guard post.
Hope nursed for less than five minutes before she dozed off. I was so
tired, I leaned the back of my head against the high back of the rocking chair
as I fought to stay awake.
Between the two of us, Joe and I had been up at
least five times tonight—thank God she took bottled breast milk from Joe—
but this had become a pattern for the past several nights. Nurse for a few
minutes, then fall asleep and wake up soon afterward, wanting to nurse again.
We’d moved her from the bassinet next to our bed to her crib in the nursery
in the hopes it would help—Joe had to wake up at a specific time for work,
and it always roused her, plus he occasionally got work calls or alerts in the
middle of the night—but it hadn’t helped.
My head knew she needed to learn to put herself back to sleep, but my
heart couldn’t handle letting her cry. Thankfully—or not—Joe felt the same
way. There was no question about Muffy’s opinion on the matter.
I must have fallen asleep, because the next thing I knew, Joe was leaning
in front of me, his hand on my arm.
“Rose, come to bed,” he whispered.
Hope was in the crook of my arm, fast asleep.
“She’s just gonna wake up again,” I said, so tired I was close to tears.
“Maybe I should stay in here.”
“Bring her to bed with us.”
“Back in the bassinet, you mean?”
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