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Monday, September 27, 2004

We Haven't Slept but All Is Well 

It's been a while since my last post and apparently it's causing worry in some quarters (sorry, Anita) ... but all is well.

Last week was my first back to work, and I ran into a lot of stuff that had piled up while I was gone (much of it was a project that should have been finished while I was on paternity leave but, for a variety of reasons not the fault of anyone who was working on it while I was out, it wasn't).

Last week was also Evelin's mother's week visiting to help with Celeste. It went really well, except when I got home each night, I wanted to hold and snuggle and comfort the baby and I had to keep on guard to keep the grandmother from trying to take her away from me. This week, my mother is visiting, so I'm sure it will be much of the same ...

Sleep is a precious commodity. Celeste has no real pattern yet, but she is having some suprisingly long wake periods (as long as three hours even; sometimes during the day, but other times in the wee hours of the morning). We have no idea why and sometimes nothing we do is right. Sometimes she just wants to be held (or kangaroo care or to dance around); other times a bit of baby massage or singing will work; sometimes the diaper needs replacing; other times nothing is right in the world.

Outside of the house, things are looking a little better. After Evelin's mother left on Saturday morning, I managed to get the grass/ogräs cut in between visits from various cousins. The garden, however, is in total shambles. I found some okra that were so large the pods were pulling the plants down. Tomatoes and peppers that have gone to rot on the vines (unfortunately) and numerous other examples of what bad farmers we've been this year. The birds have gotten to enjoy the raspberries at least, and I did get two ripe tomatoes before the raccoons or squirrels found them (but neither Evelin nor I can remember what variety we planted ... I think I blogged it in the spring, so I need to look back to see; ah, they're Brandywines and they're yummy).

Okay, to work, and I'll try to get back into the habit of posting ...

Blogger Commenting:
Oh, don't worry about weird blog friends like me who want you to post. You have other more important things to take care of! Just a line or two once a week that all is well will keep me from obsessively checking for new blogs! :-)

And welcome to the club in trying to figure out what to do to get the bun to sleep or to stop the crying. Honestly, I think we should write down a list of things that have worked before or someone else told us worked and just start going down trying each option until one works or you start the list again. Seriously. That part doesn't get easier, although the sleep part will!

Yay for you all. (Our garden sucks, too)
 
Thanks, Anita! No, I need a kick to blog some days. I've been wanting to (I have a whole bunch of pacifier angst that I need to get out), but I've been work-swamped, baby-high, or in the no man's land between sleep and wake and thus never manage to blog ....
 
Oh, don't worry about weird blog friends like me who want you to post. You have other more important things to take care of! Just a line or two once a week that all is well will keep me from obsessively checking for new blogs! :-)

And welcome to the club in trying to figure out what to do to get the bun to sleep or to stop the crying. Honestly, I think we should write down a list of things that have worked before or someone else told us worked and just start going down trying each option until one works or you start the list again. Seriously. That part doesn't get easier, although the sleep part will!

Yay for you all. (Our garden sucks, too)
 
Hey! You already said that! Don't try to confuse the sleep deprived!
 
Whoops!! i WAS WORRIED i DID THAT!! problems with refresh on my browser... typing w/ 1 hand...baby in lap!
 
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