She scrubbed a hand over her eyes, letting out a frustrated sigh. She had been up longer than the sun, woken by the cries of her young son in the early hours of the morning. As she was still off from work on maternity leave, she had spent the entire day tending to the kid, and as a result she had had no peace. She knew that the leave hadn't been given to her so that she could have a relaxing vacation free of work, but this was just ridiculous. She was sure babies weren't supposed to cry this much. Having tried playing with, feeding and bathing him, she was at a loss as to what to do.
For the past week she had only ever been able to snatch a couple of hours of rest at a time, whenever her child settled enough to sleep. It hadn't been like this before, and the only reason she could think of for her son's restlessness was the absence of her husband. Though it sometimes seemed as if he felt uncomfortable when requ