Thursday, February 28, 2013

12/year: February

(Linking up with Barbara to recap the month in photos.  And to put up something other than that riDICulously long birth story saga I have going on.  I know, I know, time to wrap it up.)

As I write this there is less than an hour left to the month of February.  I won't lie, I'm not entirely sad to see it go.

Things have been rough here lately. It seems like the only news that ever comes is the hard kind, and each day brings a new prayer request for family and friends who are enduring terrible times.

My daily life has been grueling.  Septimus battles the most severe colic of any of my children, and he does not sleep much.  It is hard to coax a smile out of him, and if he were my first child I might have packed my bags and hit the dusty trail.

Luckily, he is not my first child.  I know that he will grow out of it.  I know that it will pass.  I know that his demeanor now is not what he will be like when he is 2 or 5 or 10.   I know the years are short, but I also know that the days are long.  Very, very long.

Lent is very Lentish this year, no?  (Although considering how terribly awful I've been with my Lenten promises, I am hoping that the Lentishness of my life in general will weigh in the balance.)

While watching the pope emeritus leave the Vatican today, I just felt sad.  And kind of wrung out. And longing to turn the page.

Welcome, March.  I've been waiting for you.

This guy turned 5 on the first day of February.
He shares his birthday with my dad, so they had cake and ice cream together.
Not a bad way to start the month.

Bun wanted a "Snap Circuits" design cake, but I am a terrible artist.
I baked a big chocolate sheet cake, and I let Rob do the circuit design.

My sixth little valentine.
Complete with another stolen pacifier.

These two are such great buddies.  I took them out to eat one night,
just the 3 of us, and they melted me.  

Forget casual Friday, Mopsy goes formal for dinner.
A particularly nasty upper respiratory infection has taken out all the kids
at the end of February.
These 3 medicines are my go-to arsenal.  If they don't work, then the ship is
going down.

Another good remedy for illness is watching
lots of princess movies (this selection: Cinderella)
while sitting in your baby brother's bouncy seat.
He hates it, so someone might as well use it.

Is this the saddest little sick chick or what?

Nope, THIS is the saddest little sick chick.
Poor wee miserable lamb.

Can't miss the requisite baby photo montage.
Especially when your baby has colic.  I need photographic proof
that he does not, in fact, scream 24 hours a day.
It just seems that way.

This situation is serious, Mother.

Ehhh, maybe not THAT serious.

Okay, it's downright hilarious.

And with that,  I end the month on a smile.


  1. Sleepless nights with a colicky 7th baby is definitely Lenten enough! You poor momma! Honestly, besides natural labor, having another colicky baby (we had two) is what is keeping me not pregnant. It is so difficult to not be able to make a baby stop crying. One of our colicky ones got much better at 4 months, so I'm hoping the timeframe is similar for you. Have you tried the whole no dairy from your diet yet?

  2. Great post. I love that you took the guys out to dinner. Too fun!

    I have heard of many herbal remedies for colic but don't know any off the top of my head. Is your pediatrician full of suggestions (usually not because he/she does not actually have to deal with your baby!)?

    Hot water bottle? Vibrating seat? Swaddling? I wish I could run over every day and spell you for an hour! Send that boy to grandma's!

  3. Your kids are ridiculously cute. I so wish I was your neighbor and could come help or commiserate or take you out for wine or all of the above. Sending warm and healthy thoughts from Texas.

  4. Your kids are so darn cute! Even the sick and colicy ones!

    Hang in there! Praying that March will bring good things for you and your family!

  5. Hi Aimee,
    I am visiting all of Barbara's 12/year moms!
    I am sorry to hear that your kids are all sick.
    I don't believe it for a minute that that cute, roly-poly baby has colic. No really, I am sorry to hear that. I had one of those - oh it was so challenging.
    I love the idea for a snap circuits cake. How did it turn out? My son is an electronics geek - that would make a great theme cake for him.
    Have a great March!
    Angela in Oregon

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Angela! I don't usually relpy here in the comments and I don't know if you come back to read the replies in the comments, but I hope you do!
      The snap circuits cake turned out really well, and according to my husband, it was very easy to copy a circuit from the directions on to the cake. I happily abdicate that job to him. :)


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