>> Friday, June 19, 2009
well, we've had three nights of NO witching hour!!!!!! my next door neighbour, A., came over on Tuesday evening to visit. she and i had talked about her kids' witching hour before, so she knows her stuff! she took the mini-muffin, who had just woken up from a post-feed dozing session and was starting to whimper, turned her over onto her forearm, and started swinging her. a lot harder than i had been doing - but i've been handling the baby quite delicately! (who wants to be the first person to break a baby??? not me!) after some time - with the mini looking at me with a "WTF????" expression on her face and about 5 minutes of full fledged wailing - the baby started to settle down. A. kept swinging her, and the mini stopped crying. she handed the baby back to me, and i cradled her in my arms and started swinging. i started humming the song that her mobile plays, but eventually i got bored of that and put in a CD and sang along. thank goodness the baby doesn't know that her mama has a HORRIBLE singing voice!
so, after about 10 minutes, i realized the baby was dozing in my arms. i kept going, right through her usual "witchy" time, and then fed her. and wouldn't you know it, i was able to pop her right into her crib for the night! yes, my arms felt like they were going to fall off, and my biceps were BURNING, but it was all worth it! no shrieking, no yelling, no using mommy as a pacifier!
the next night, i wasn't sure if it was going to work, but right on schedule, she started to fuss right around 8pm. so, on went the CD and we started swinging and singing. and like a charm, she started to doze. and then right into the crib! it's a miracle!!!!!! who knew that the baby would like the newest tunes by Pink, the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga? (who knew that i would like those tunes? i'm almost ashamed to admit it, LOL!) i even put the husband to sleep during my performance... how lovely is that?
of course i just may jinx myself by telling this story and tonight it won't work!
on an additional happy note, my new refurbished Dell laptop arrived yesterday! i even figured out how to set up our wireless router - even though i'm sure i did something wrong because the connection keeps dropping out periodically. but i'm blogging from the couch with the baby napping beside me! it feels too decadent for words!!!!!