This week has been really challenging, Henrik has been going through a whole lot of changes and sleep is just not happening. I think for the most part it was the perfect storm of a developmental regression at 4 months, combined with him wanting to sleep on his side and causing us to ditch the swaddle. He’s now used to me nursing him when he’s tired and needing me to fall asleep, plus his exciting new hands that do a lot of new things. Oh and I’m pretty sure he’s also changing his nap and night time schedule too and needing sleep at different times than before. So all that to basically say that I’m exhausted. When you have kids, especially more than one, you can’t just shut the older kids off to nap when baby naps. Its basically go-go-go until late into the evening and then you’re so tired that you can’t move off the bed to even grab a bite to eat.
So anyways, I gave up on naps yesterday. I decided I didn’t care anymore and Henrik could nap in the stroller or car seat or in a wrap or whatever because all four of us needed fresh air and a change of scenery. We needed a “reset” of sorts. I actually contemplated seeing if I could book a night away somewhere just me and the boys, since Michael is back in the office, but then I came to my senses and just took them to a farm instead.
We drove about an hour out of Toronto to Andrews’ Scenic Acres. Its my favourite farm because its not full of gimmicky kid stuff like pony rides and games during the week. Its actually really quiet and beautiful with large fields full of everything you could ever want. Its an actual working farm and you can pick almost anything you can imagine. Usually we go here in the fall for pumpkins and pumpkin pie. But I think I have to make late summer a new tradition because it was gorgeous.
The farm had blueberries and raspberries in season along with gorgeous giant fields of Dahlias and Sunflowers. We didn’t really intend on picking anything, I just needed to get us some fresh country air, but picking we did. Magnus actually ate raspberries! FRUIT! he shovelled more into his mouth than he brought home but whatever, because he ate something other than an apple or bread or cheese. They weren’t nearly as excited for the flowers as I was, but that’s ok. They picked and I marvelled at the bees and the flowers, and then helped them pick fruit too.
And while I don’t think our outing helped Henrik’s naps or sleep, it did make the day more fun. So this week I’m saying to heck with schedules. Seriously. Whatever will be will be and bring on the coffee and fresh air.