What a Day… and Homemade Gripe Water!
Well the night shift last night wasn’t too bad. The kids woke up around 1 am and then around 4am to feed. They still got up a little early this morning, 6:30am, but at least it wasn’t their common 5am insanity they have been doing. So when they woke up at 6:30am this morning, Michael and I went in, changed diapers, and got them dressed for the day.
No one was hungry, they just wanted to play, so we brought them into the play room/ office area. We got out the tiger and lion hand puppets, put on some music, then sang and danced for them. This is their favorite morning time entertainment. They get so excited kicking, cooing, and laughing, it just cracks me up. After about an hour of this (about 8am) they were ready to eat. They had breakfast and then took their first nap of the day. Yay! Mommy and Daddy time… Well it should have been but I was so exhausted I fell asleep. When I woke up Criton was fussing. It wasn’t time to eat and it wasn’t even his hungry cry. Michael just looked at me and said “What is wrong with him?” Now I have come to a realization in the past two days, that one of the reasons they are getting fussier is because they are getting bored. They are at the point where they want to sit up fully and look around a lot. They want full attention talking and interaction with us. They want to get on their play mats more. The only thing they don’t want is “Tummy Time”… I’ll have to explain that one later. So I told him Criton wanted to play. That simple phrase started a whole 2 hour heated discussion. You might be wondering how that simple response would lead us down an evil path… Well first these are Michael’s first kids and has never really been around a lot of infants. Secondly we are still exhausted and sleep deprived which leads to irritability and being irrational at times. Then thirdly because the babies take up all my/ our time, what time we do spend alone together is usually sleeping or just completely vegged out. People don’t always say what they mean or words are taken in a wrong way. Just simple misunderstandings. He was in the middle of a project when I said Criton wanted to be played with. So instead of hearing my response, in his head he heard “Stop what your doing and go play with Criton.” So not what I said, but I see his side too. I was pretty blunt about it. I have to understand that he doesn’t spend as much time with them as I do (he works) so he doesn’t know all their little cues. So I need to be more patient. That can take a toll on any marriage even one as good as ours. It’s funny looking back because when I was pregnant I could never understand why people were having so many marriage issues right after having higher order multiples. Not that I think we would ever get that bad, but the above mentioned items can make for some bumps in the road. Now onto the rest of the day… One of the errands I ran today was to get the herbs to make our own Gripe Water. For those of you who do not know what Gripe Water is… It is like a special herb tea, invented by some British nannies, to settle colicky babies. The herbs settle the stomach and relax the babies. I was against trying it at first just because I am tired of trying all these ideas that don’t work, or only work for a day or two. Everyone was swearing by it though, so I gave in and got a bottle of it. At first it was awesome. Caitlin was calmer and smiling more but, like with so many thing, after a few days it started to lessen. You could still tell it helped but it wasn’t by any means the miracle cure so many made it out to be. She has really bad reflux, which makes for a very upset and very fussy baby. We have made it our mission to find whatever will help her, because we can’t stand to hear her cry. Well as any good mom would do, I went on the internet to learn more about Gripe Water. That is where I started to find all these recipes on how to make it yourself. I read all these posts from British moms and how they make it and what they use. So I ran out today, got the herbs, and brewed up this little concoxtion: 3 cups of water 1/2 teaspoon crushed Fennel seeds 1/2 teaspoon of Dill 1/2 teaspoon peppermint 1/2 teaspoon chamomile 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Balm While you wait for the water to boil, put all your ingredients inside a tin tea ball (you can also use a Muslim ball or strain it in cheese cloth). Once the water is boiling drop in the ball and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then cool to room temperature. Bottle it up and it is good for 24 hours. Give 10ml when needed but I wouldn’t exceed 6 times a day. After it was ready to go Caitlin started fussing so we gave her a dose. She got very quite and happy. Then she started letting out all these little burps. Finally, she fell dead asleep. I’ll admit I was scared at first because she was out to the world. I couldn’t even wake her fully by jumping and yelling next to her. Then Criton woke up and started crying and, as usual, Caitlin joined in. I never though I would be happy to hear that sound. About that time it was ready to start the bedtime ritual. Normally bedtime take about an hour after feedings to get everyone down and asleep. We gave the new Gripe Water to everyone before their bottle (except Caitlin since she just had a dose) and they were all sleep before they were even finished eating. Note to self: This is either a mid bottle or end of bottle thing. Anyway, I was floored. They didn’t wake up when I swaddled them. They didn’t wake up when I layed them in their beds. They didn’t even wake up when I had a coughing fit before getting out of the nursery. I could not believe how incredible this stuff is. Only issue is that I might have to use a lower dose or come up with another variation for day time use… I don’t want them sleeping all the time. So now the babies are blissfully sleeping, hubby is back to normal, and Miche has been happily cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Yes, life is really good tonight. I am thankful everyday for the family that I have. It is never perfect and some days can send me over the edge, but, at the end of everyday, I look at what we have (each other) and know I could never want for more. My family is my life and I love my life.