This past week didn’t go quite as planned.
- J sprained his ankle last Saturday night, so we spent Sunday at the ER waiting to learn that it wasn’t broken and he didn’t need a cast (phew—that would have seriously screwed up our vacation plans). So he’s on leave till next Wednesday and has been sitting around the house not changing diapers because he can’t hold the baby and walk at the same time.
- We have in fact all been home all day the past two days because Littlest got hand, foot, and mouth disease, also known as coxsackie virus, a really common virus among babies and small children. He woke up with spots on Thursday morning but I still took him to the nanny’s. She texted two hours later that he had a fever so I went to get him and take him to the doctor. Coxsackie is really contagious and Littlest’s fever made him miserable that afternoon so he needed to be home with us. He still has all the gross spots but his fever’s gone. So he missed his last two days at the nanny’s before summer vacation. 😦
- Our recycling bin was stolen from our sidewalk. I am not kidding. This happened over two weeks ago and it took us two days to realize it, because both of us just thought the other had put the bin away. But no, it was stolen, and I e-mailed the mairie and got no response. J called a few days later and they told him we had to go press charges at the police station in order for them to do anything about it. This was pretty irritating because our recycling was piling up and given that J can’t drive, getting to the police station seemed a long way off. However in true French fashion, without any further explanation, a brand new bin appeared in our yard yesterday evening (with our address on it).
- My mama arrived today! She’ll be spending the week with us till my dad arrives on Friday and they go to stay at a B&B.
In French news, Simone veil died yesterday, so I spent the day reading up on her:
VIDEO. Simone Veil, une vie de combats (Francetvinfo)
Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’s Abortion Law, Dies at 89 (New York Times)
And a couple other things:
I found this baby sleep site, and especially this article: A Letter to Your Family about Sleep, which I felt justified and confirmed a lot of the attitudes I’ve had about Littlest’s sleep ever since things started working for us at 8 weeks. It has been an interesting read and has helped encourage me in the 3 to 2 nap transition, but I do worry that it puts unnecessary pressure on parents to think that if their baby has sleep problems, it must be something they are doing wrong.
Finally, 8 MALE AUTHORS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (McSweeney’s)