It’s my favorite time of year; fall! There’s nothing quite like cool nights, changing leaves, apple picking, and pumpkins. 🍎🍁 I love it!
Earlier this week, my husband and I took the kiddos apple picking – our three children, and my two nephews. It was a challenge to say the least. It can be difficult to manage five children under six, but we did it. One kid was running this way, the other that way, one in a tree, one stomping apples… boy, they are a task! But seeing them all try to reach the apple way high and the tree was such a joy. There’re so sweet and innocent.
Naturally, when we got home, we made some apple pie! We love apple pie! And not to toot my own horn, but I can make a pretty great pie. 💞
As of this morning, there’s only a sliver left. The mix of apples, crumb top, and crust is simply heavenly.
Thank heavens for apples! 🍎
My little one hasn’t been the best sleeper at night. He’d fall asleep then jostle himself awake five minutes later. Occasionally, he’d let me sleep for an hour. 🎉
Until last night.
Let me say, I’ve tried everything to soothe his colic nature. I tried store bought gas drops, I tried changing my diet, I tried using formula, I tried taking him for car rides. Nothing would help him settle.
So, I found a website that suggested using catnip and fennel seed. Naturally, I thought “I’m not giving my kid catnip!” But further research changed my mind. Catnip you give to cats and catnip herb are used in two totally different ways. Did you know catnip has been praised for its soothing properties for centuries? Neither did I. But the benefits of catnip have been long known and used by many. A mild tea made from catnip is said to improve digestion, help insomnia, and calm nerves.
I made a tea for my son last night to see if it would help him. I used two teaspoons catnip and one teaspoon fennel seed. I added it to one cup of boiling water, and let it steep about twenty minutes. Once cooled, I gave my son a small dropper full. I’d love to say the results were immediate, but they weren’t. He was still rather fussy. I took him for a short walk outside and finally fell asleep. He slept for five hours. Let me say that again FIVE HOURS! This little boy who never sleeps more than an hour finally slept!
I’m praising the Lord and catnip tea for a good nights sleep! 💞
My husband doesn’t seem to understand what that means. He’ll say “didn’t you sleep?’
No, I didn’t. You see, right when I got the baby to sleep, the oldest woke up. He had to use the restroom and insisted on letting me know. Once I got him back to bed, the middle child woke up crying. She needed mommy to hold her for a bit. Once she was settled, the baby woke up again. He then proceeded to be up for 3 hours. As soon as he fell asleep, the cat started meowing. And then I needed to use the restroom. And then I realized I hadn’t eaten dinner, so I made a snack. Guess what happened once my snack was done? The baby woke up.
Not every night is like this, but most are. My youngest is only a month old, so I can’t really complain. I love my children, and I’m thankful to have them.
But, I’m tired.
For real. It’s so tough being pregnant this long. My little guy is due tomorrow and he’s showing no signs of arriving. Everything hurts, everything is hard. Pray for me! Thank you!
I won a $100 gift card from TravelZoo on a twitter party! I’m so excited that my husband and I can take a much needed trip before the new baby arrives. Now that just leaves the question, where should we go?
Whew, this season has been a busy one! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and is having a wonderful New Year!
Praying for a season of abundance and joy to all!