Happy Advent! I have found several neat tidbits I was hoping to share, but computer time has been pretty hard to come by lately. Things have been challenging as I struggle to calm my little guy who has been colicky. Despite gas drops, rocking, and swaddling, this is our "fussy Gussy" much of the day:
I felt like I was a pretty resilient parent by now, but colic is a whole new ball of wax. It's heartbreaking when you have tried everything but still can't calm your crying baby. My feeble attempts just aren't cutting it, and I feel so helpless to know how to console him and relieve his discomfort. We have received many wonderful suggestions and I hope to write a post about some of them soon, the advice has been much appreciated.
That being said, I've had to come to terms with my limitations. Our home remains in frat house condition, my laundry room is a wreck, and any sort of Christmas "to-do" list has gone out the window in terms of dates and deadlines. I am okay with that though. The family is my priority, and one thing I have learned as a parent is "this to, shall pass."
So, in the mode of keeping life simple, check out these time-saving (and fun) websites! 101 Days of Christmas. Great gift ideas and ways to make the holiday season quaint and creative. Lots of good inspiration!
I also picked up a copy of the Taste of Home "Gifts in a Jar" issue.
60 recipes with pull-out gift tags. It's $5 and on newsstands until December 13th. You can also find some cute ideas here too.
Finally, I have to thank my wonderful mother-in-law for sending along this ingenious website. Garrett received a personalized message from Santa on Thanksgiving Day and I don't think he'll ever forget it. It not only wowed him...but Jim and me too! Garrett (who is 5) was the perfect age for this, and I wish I would've had a video camera to record his reaction. It was PRICELESS. I have to admit, I got a lump in my throat when I watched his innocent face and wide eyes after Santa said his name. Portable North Pole is a great example of how technology can be magical, beautiful and good.