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Just Venting, no cause for alarm...

It's three days before the convention I am chairing is to begin.
The Hotel is having issues due to the cold. (The Water Park is frozen shut so to speak.)
I have a boatload of laundry, packing and pick-up-and-put-away to do.
I have to contact all the dealers with special cold weather load-in instructions.
I have shopping I need to do and I will not take the baby out in this cold.
I have to write opening ceremonies.

And today Katie has decided that she should exercise her lungs.
She has spent the morning either eating or screaming.
She is clean and dry. She has had a bottle and has refused more.
She is not running a fever. She is bundled in a blanket and does not seem to be cold.

I don't know what to do. So I am having a cup of tea, doing my computer work and bouncing the bouncy seat with my foot.
It will be a wonderful convention.
I have a (mostly) wonderful committee.
Things will get done.

But when the baby is crying and I don't know why so I can't fix it, it makes me cry, too.


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Feb. 5th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Since Alex was born... this has become one of my strongest arguments against Intelligent Design. Clearly if there was any intelligence involved in the "design" of humans... the ability to communicate clearly and effectively would exist at birth. Not 1.5-2 years down the line.
Feb. 5th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Does she quiet down when you're holding her?

In the meantime, if you need to go shopping, wait until I get home and you can run out.
Feb. 6th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
That was my first thought, too. Our younger daughter, especially, liked to be picked up and carried around. She liked car rides, too. The older was more passive, and would sit in her bounce chair for hours. The car put her to sleep.
Feb. 5th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds so...fun. Yeah. *hug* I hope Katie gets happier soon! (A happy baby makes a happy mama. Or at least a *happier* one. *grin*)
Feb. 5th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
I expect every parent has one of those stories. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. frustrating? You bet. Hang in there, she'll stop sometime. Sometimes I think that babies just get frustrated or overwhelmed and all they can do is cry.

Have a great con!
Feb. 5th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Actually, she may be picking up on my stress.
She was comparably fussy for a couple of days after Roper fell. I think she was picking up on his pain and mood.

Feb. 5th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
You know I'd quite forgotten that aspect of some babies. What ever the cause I hope she feels better enough to stop crying.
Feb. 5th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
But when the baby is crying and I don't know why so I can't fix it, it makes me cry, too. Oh man, I remember that feeling.

Recite the mantra "this too shall pass, this too shall pass" a lot.

And - if you haven't heard it you must hear Rosalie Sorrel's "Hostile Babyrocking medley" well you must. It would appear to be well and truly (and expensively) out of print so if you all think it's ok I could email you an mp3 of that track. It's really funny if you are a parent! :-)

Feb. 5th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
If you at any point feel like you're going to lose it, here's the advice my mom gave me that her doctor gave her after I was born.

Put the baby in the crib.
Go into the bathroom and shut the door.
Turn on the sink.
Turn on the bathtub.
Flush the toilet.
Stand there for 3-5 minutes listening to the sound of the running water and take some deep breaths to help relax you.

It won't hurt Katie to cry for 5 minutes and it will give you a little more sanity to move on. Honest, it works :)
Feb. 6th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that I don't have a real clue as to what my aunt and grandmother meant by a "colicky baby," but it sounds a lot like Katie today.

I know about colic in horses, but that's a whole different ballgame.
Feb. 6th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
1) Do you have a swing? If not we need to get you one - I will have a car for part of Thursday, and if you tell me you don't have one, I will fix that while you are busy doing con stuff. If you do, please use it. Tatum was all about the swing. And if you DON'T have one, we will get one that swings back and forth OR side to side.

2) I have 2 onsies for you that I saw the other day and could not pass up. One applies to your current situation. It says "Instructions not included".

The other says "Worth the Wait".

Feb. 6th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Sorry - that was me...
Feb. 6th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)

I'm sorry Katie is being so difficult. It must be very frustrating to not be able to figure out what is wrong.

Will it help if I told you I got so inspired about my Capricon concert(s) I've written (wait, let me count) five new songs since GaFilk? And furthermore if you don't have time to come to my concerts I will seek you out to sing them to you, because I like to sing to you?
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