Flinger Flight 666

Jul 14, 2007

Welcome aboard Flinger Flight 666. Next destination: Hell.
We’re proud to serve you goldfish and fruitsnacks for your inflight meal. Your movie will be “Elmo’s Potty Time” on a loop. You’re aboard a special flight filled with a scientific experiment where your children have been sleep deprived and starved and are needing your attention.
In case of an emergency, there are no exists.
Thank you for choosing Flinger Airlines.

We were going along just splendidly, or rather as splendidly as one with a new baby could possibly be going along, when BLAMO! The ‘flux hit the house. LB had the flux. We weren’t aware that’s what was going on until well in to my “I hate being a mom OHMYHELL what did we do?!” phase. Once she got on Zantac, life became bearable. A few months later, she started sleeping and a few months after that I uttered the words “Number Two.” And now, here we are. History has a way of repeating itself.

We went to the doctor for Baby O today because this time around we know all the signs. The violent spit-up that comes out his nose. The screaching when he eats. The painful look he gives as he’s eating and pulls away from the food distressed and still starving. And of course, the not sleeping. The Not Sleeping. That’s the symptom we call the doctor for.

Three days ago I wrote a letter to some friends gushing about how much I loved having two kids. “Sure life is hectic and crazy, but I love it! I love that I have children.” When my BFF saw me the next day she said, “So, what were you on when you wrote that?” Then she laughed uncontrollably while repeating my mushy mom sentiments. Apparently, I haven’t gushed much.

Now I remember why the baby stage was so difficult for us. Flux makes you a little wacky. Scratch that.. flux indirectly makes you a little wacky. The not sleeping?  A type of torture used by the military. But still, in the midsts of all that is hell, the last four nights of utter screeching and arguing, amidst the daily tantrums and not napping, amidst all of this, for one tiny moment, a picture was taken.  .....  And this reminds me that in the end, I’m their Mom. And I love it.



  1. I hope that things improve quickly for baby O. It is so hard to see them in pain, especially when it is associated with something that is supposed to be soothing, something as fundamental as eating.

    We dealt with some reflux and milk protein intolerance for the first few months and once they were under control our lives improved dramatically. And so did his : )

    The picture is so cute, you would never know you haven’t slept in months.

    By andrea on 2007 07 14

  2. My daughter had colic as an infant. After 48 hours of non-stop crying and no sleeping I had to call the doctor to ask them if they had a new model I could maybe exchange her for. After some formula switcheroo [a couple times] we finally got it under control. And I’m happy to report that I decided to keep her. wink

    Good luck on the flux! I hope he gets better soon.

    I love the picture! You look fabulous. Baby O looks so peaceful. And LB is just too cute with her little tongue out. Precious!

    By Christine on 2007 07 14

  3. Despite the not sleeping and the hellish time you’re having (I’m so sorry!) you look amazing. Glowing. Beautiful. I hope things improve very soon.

    By Colleen on 2007 07 14

  4. Every post you write helps me realize that we may, in fact, be the same person.  Except for the witty/eloquent part which clearly you have more of…

    Shel never sleeps.  She does love her some Prevacid, tho.

    By Jennifer on 2007 07 14

  5. Oh please, I was not laughing uncontrollably! It was more of a chuckle.  It was when you mentioned child #3 that I laughed uncontrollably.  wink

    But seriously, I’m sorry your little man has the flux. I hope the medicine kicks in soon. Then you can go back to being all gushy and crazy and stuff.

    By Paige on 2007 07 14

  6. I love the babywearing pic.  I also started babywearing with my second.  I just did a review for a pouch sling.

    By Domestic Diva on 2007 07 14

  7. That is a very nice pic!  I hope the reflux gets better, so you get some sleep.  Hang on to the good moments!

    By Holly on 2007 07 14

  8. Ah, yes the torture that is sleep deprivation.  Remember, the CIA should seriously consider employing MY children. 

    It will pass.  It will pass. It will pass.  Say it with my Les, It will pass, it will pass, itwillpassitwillpassitwillpass.

    By sleeping mommy on 2007 07 14

  9. Awesome.

    By Sallyacious on 2007 07 14

  10. Oh the joys of parenthood, looks like your wee girl is a handful!!!  Hope the flux settles down quickly, sleep deprivation is the pits for sure!  We didn’t get a full nights sleep with Griffin till he was 2 and a half years old, and that was only with the help of a strong sedative for him!  It was that or kill him!

    By Chris H on 2007 07 14

  11. I am so sorry you are going through this!  The Flux is no joke.  Breathe deep and keep looking for those tender moments to get you through the rough stuff.

    If one could only sleep with the moby on you would be set!

    By Kirsten on 2007 07 14

  12. I’ve seen chiropractic do wonders for babies with the flux.  Hope he’s doing better soon, yo!

    And yeah, even when it sucks you still have two beautiful kids who will one day conspire against you. 

    Seriously, they’ll plot things and you’ll be afraid. 

    You have less than 2 years. 

    But at least it makes great blog fodder!

    By Elaine on 2007 07 14

  13. You guys are so darned cute!  I hope the reflux goes away (well, or the meds take care of it) soon.  Sleep is definitely a good thing.

    By Lanna on 2007 07 15

  14. Beautiful picture of you.

    I hope O is better soon.

    By mdvelazquez on 2007 07 16

  15. what a beautiful picture of you Les! And I totally know that kinda resigned smile myself. Still, you look great.

    By texasbelle on 2007 07 16

  16. That picture just says it all, doesn’t it?  Hope the flux gets better soon… and you get some sleep…

    By sarahgrace on 2007 07 16

  17. An adorable picture. I agree fully that being a mom is the greatest. My two men can be a handful but I love them unconditionally.

    By Stephanie on 2007 07 16