Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy New Year!

I went on a blogging fast the first week and a half of this year and it appears I am still fasting! I've actually been a faithful reader---just haven't taken the time to post. Things are going great over here with 3. Riley is such a good baby---until about 6pm-11pm.  I have always been skeptical of the "colicky" baby thing. God humbled me with my 3rd. I can count on one hand the number of nights she hasn't screamed and been fidgity since about her 3rd week of life. So for the past month (she's 7 weeks tomorrow!) every night we are bouncing, rocking, feeding, patting, bathing, ANYTHING trying to calm her down. It is so weird and SO exhausting. I know many of you have gone through the same thing with yours and can empathize. Hayley and Jack were both so calm and chilled out as newborns. So this is a whole new experience for me. Any ideas or suggestions to help calm the child down are MUCH appreciated and welcomed. Thankfully during the day she is an angel and very easy. She's still and angel at night---just a noisy one. : )  


I took all 3 to the mall by myself for the first time last week and it was so funny to watch
 people's mouths drop as they said, "You have 3!!"  I wanted to respond, "Great job! You can
 count!"  Hayley is turning into such a little lady and is so much fun to hang out with all day. She says and does the funniest things. One of my favorites lately is "Today is today, right mom?" To which I respond, "Yes--today is today." And she says, "Today is not tomorrow, right?"  And we go on for a little while and I'll throw out an occasional, "But tomorrow it will be today and today will be yesterday."  It totally shoots her wheels off---yours too, didn't it?? : )  She also likes to put Jack down for naps in her bed at the most random times. It's hysterical because Jack obeys her. Sometimes he just plays along for fun, but other times it hurts his feelings and he goes reluctantly into her room, lays down and sucks his thumb while crying his eyes out and STAYS in her bed until I come up and tell him he does not have to take a nap and he does not have to obey Hayley. It's sad, but it cracks me up to see him in there laying down by himself just crying. Poor buddy. I'm having a hard time believing he is turning 2 on Wednesday! Goodness---where does the time go??

 

9 comments:

daughteroftheking said...

She gets more beautiful everytime I see her! Jack and Haley are getting so big. I think Jack and Elijah will be in the same class when he turns two!

Shelly said...

Missy--
Will you email me at shelmacat@yahoo.com and send me your blog address? I always want to read it but can't get there just from clicking on your name (which I love, by the way). Thanks for the Riley compliment! Jack gets to go to the 2 year old class this weekend! Yay!! I'm glad he'll get to be with sweet Elijah! Hope to see you soon!

Kylie said...

Shelly, shelly, shelly! Manning SCREAMED for the first 4 months of his life. Funny that you said you are feeding her during her fussy time, that's the only thing that would settle him down, so I would feed him non-stop it seemed. He always seemed to have a tummy ache, we would get a towel and put it in the dryer to get warm and then wrap it around his tummy and the warmth would help. Good luck, this too shall pass!!!!!!

Lori said...

I'm with Kylie...Annalee screamed for about 97 days straight! We actually watched a video called the happiest baby on the block and some of his suggestions worked (don't get me wrong, it was hoaky, but we were desperate.) Her favorite was the swaddle and jiggle. I hope she calms down in a few weeks!!

Monica said...

Shelly I love the story of Haley putting Jack down for naps. Poor little guy. Wonder how long he will obey his sister so well?? : ) Your children are all precious. Good job on getting out to the mall. I am sure it feels great to just be "normal". No advice on a screaming baby. We walked the streets all hours of the night. My mom walked down our street in her rob at 2 or 4 in the morning. BUT it was August. Don't think you want to try that at this time of year. You might have another problem on your hands. Sure love keeping up with your family through the blog world. I will comment again in 6 months or so. : )

mindy said...

Sweet little ones! Remember when I told you that after 2, having 3 is just kind of natural? No matter what is going on, everytime I see you, you seem to have it together. I am praying for the "rough" hours..
Hugs!

Paige said...

I am so glad that your visit to the mall went well. I kept thinking about you after you left that comment hoping it went well. You give me hope! Parker puts Emaline in time out...and she goes! Amazing. I tell her to go, and she throws a fit!

Jen said...

Oh, Shelly, I feel for you! Ansley was a screamer about the same hours as miss Riley. Really tight swaddling helped a bit. I promise it will go away, but still hard in the midst of it all :)

TedTracie said...

I'm looking at these sweet pictures and I am remembering when you and Tra met!!!! Remember?? (that's a funny question... I am sure you do)... but we worked together and I remember us walking in my neighborhood and talking about you guys dating... AND NOW YOU HAVE 3 KIDS! Where did the time go!!!!