Daniel's mom very generously offered to come back to help us for a week. She left to fly back home on Friday, and I already miss her. More than anything, I think it was having someone else in the household to watch Declan if Daniel and I needed to run a quick errand, or catch a nap or even do a bit of housework, like laundry, or dishes. That's about the only housework that's still getting done around here, and only because we don't have an infinite supply of clothes or dishes, even if we use paper plates.
She was always ready to change a diaper or give a bottle or just soothe him, and I think the last was the most important. We're still trying to figure out what all his little cries mean and how to soothe him when he's upset.
Thanks, Joan. We'll miss you and look forward to you visiting again.