but I'm holding a sleeping baby who shrieked for at least 30 minutes before falling asleep so I don't dare put her down or risk starting that cycle over again! So I sit here holding my 11 month old and I tell myself, she's the last baby, enjoy it while you can because the oldest are busy and full of projects involving play and intense arguments that seem to require constant arbitration - except when I lock myself in a room with baby, then they can't reach me. Notice how it becomes us and them as they get older but as they are babies they cling to us like little baboons - both in sleep and awake. Yes there are more down moments, she's in full crawling/house surfing mode but even that requires a certain amount of oversight. My husband tried to do the laundry earlier but kept hearing non-existent screaming. It gets in your head and you feel almost certain someone is in constant peril when you can't get to them in 30 seconds.
So we sit, either husband or I, with our tiny one, day in and day out, until she's old enough to join the fray. Then my friends, we'll be in that basement cleaning and organizing it like it's our job!