Two things of dire importance that must be addressed immediately:
1. We found the secret to getting Silas to sleep: put him on his belly. He sleeps like, I don't know what, but someone who is sleeping REALLY WELL on his belly. That's why he sleeps so well on me, apparently. But he likes no equipment. None. No swing, sling, bouncy, swaddler, carseat, or bassinet has any soothing effect whatsoever. This is why he's waking up every freaking hour at night. He's not hungry so much as he can't get comfortable on his back. All I can think about is the Back to Sleep campaign, and this blog that disturbed me so much Georgia's Mom and Brian both told me I needed to stop reading it. I'll put him on his belly during the day, when he's on the couch (with nothing around his face) so that I can make sure he LIVES through his nap, for pete's sake. But what am I supposed to do at night? Seriously, I'm asking. Please tell me. It appears Silas' sleep and mine have an inverse relationship. That really has to change. Soon. Because -
2. I have decided screaming will be the hill that I will die on in parenting. There will be no more screaming in my house. I don't care if I do nothing else in life, Asher is going to learn how to stop screaming. If he was playing, I could teach a different (more appropriate) behavior. But he screams specifically because he knows it bothers me. Ooohh no. This morning we were half an hour late for play group, and he spent a solid chunk of his time there in time-out. If you scream, you do not get to play. The end and amen. This is the first time I've ever had to watch my temper with Asher. Other things were difficult to handle, but they didn't make me M-A-D like screaming does. Sleep deprivation is no doubt a contributing factor. So, seriously, Silas needs to sleep (at least during the times when he should be asleep - I'm not saying he has to drop a feeding, I'm just asking him to stay asleep in between them. And I'm asking YOU how to get him to do that), and Asher needs to stop screaming. Or their mama might lose her mind.
Bill Cosby says God made babies cute so you don't kill 'em.