Alice is a fussy baby.  She’s not colicky… just fussy.  She likes to eat and doesn’t like to not eat.  She will not take a binkie (the first of my kids who won’t take one) and isn’t too thrilled with her swing (though she can be convinced on occasion).

Fortunately I have a house full of willing and helpful arms.

Emma especially loves to help out.  Now that she is nine she is old enough to be trusted to care for her baby sister in a growing number of instances.  Her favorite job is putting Alice to sleep.  After giving her a clean diaper, a very full belly, and a good swaddle, I will hand Alice off to her big sister.  I can then move on to other things (like making dinner or going to the bathroom) while Emma walks around in circles, singing songs to her sister.