1) First and foremost, I must thank all of you wonderful, more experienced and fabulously encouraging blog buddies for your prayers and words of advice and wisdom after last week's post. I've been keeping a lot of the advice in mind, if we're not already trying it for baby Joe. We do gripe water and gas drops and while I haven't tried out infant massage or an infant chiropractor yet, I just may be desperate enough to try them here soon. Do you know what I am not ever ever going to be desperate enough to try? Giving up coffee. If coffee is causing the gasiness, the gasiness shall continue.
Case in point.
2) The thing is that Joseph isn't actually "colicky" in the strictest sense, I have heard of cases where the baby screams and screams for hours every day and he doesn't do that. He just screams more than Lucy did and it is throwing my chi off. But at this moment Lucy is actually screaming bloody murder from her crib boycotting her nap (if you are less than 2 you have no say about whether or not you nap in this house, screaming or not) so she is making up fer her angelic babyhood now.
3) You know what I am THISCLOSE to giving up one for good? "Rest time". Believe me, please believe me, I hold so firmly to the ideal that everyone in the house NEEDS the down time. Not even just me and my teetering sanity, but the children need it to! I am the biggest nazi I know about it and yet, it is almost killing me to try to enforce it every day. Bernadette throws the traditional fit, complete with kicking and floor rolling and screaming, and Lucy has begun the above aforementioned crib wailing most days, Naomi constantly exits her "quiet space" asking for food and those 3 things combined with Josephs gassy screeches and I am really not sure if it makes the 20 minutes of quiet time I actually get worth it. I am worried that if I just drop it then I will shoot myself in the foot but I am not a fan of Ana's angry voice whilst trying to force the issue. Tips? Tricks? Mid Day Cocktail Recipes? I am all e-ears.
On to not crazy things...
4) This tea :
Have you tried it? You should. It is so, so good. If it had caffeine I would replace my daily coffee with it, but it doesn't so I won't. But what is does have is natural sweetness that makes it so that I don't need to add any honey or sugar and I still get a nice does of sweet with my tea. I love it so. (Thank you Sarah for the rec!)
5) Last weekend was a fun filled time and is going to leave this weekend trying to live up to it and failing in major ways. I got to visit with these lovely ladies and their babies:
And it was so, so fun. Lucky for me Katrina and Alexandra live super close and like the idea of making evening wine and cheese sans kids a frequent thing so I will certainly be the hostess with the mostest for that. Grace, on the other hand was a special treat to hang out with. She is a basically a celeb and is the most down to earth nice person and it was so great to get to hang out with her again almost one year to the day (so weird!) since we did it last. We'll make it annual and I will come to Florida, ok Grace? Ok.
6) Our favorite park ever was closed all summer, or at least all the places to park around it were closed and made it impossible to get to, but is it is all open again!! Bernadette declared it her "Second home" today and you can be sure that we will be heading there every day that it is not raining or snowing until the dreaded South Bend winter rears it ugly head in like, 3 weeks.
Guess what? Both Lucy and Bernadette fell asleep and Joseph is actually semi-content in his swing while I finish this. Maybe it is actually worth it...
7) Last but never least... our babysitter is back from summer break!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (silent screaching!!!). I had the most calm outing with just Joseph this morning and can look forward to more where that came from in the coming weeks. Praise be!