|A little messy but so delicious!|
But even easy babies go through tough stages. Because they're, well, babies. And this has been a pretty tough stage. When you're just three months old, it's pretty hard to find some coping skills for having nail-sharp teeth punching through your gums. Most of the time, the only thing that seems to make my little bundle (of joy?) feel better is being held. All.day.long. And even then, he's grouchy. So I've been trying to wash a load of towels all week and it only just got done yesterday. I must be slightly exaggerating but not much when I say that virtually every time I set this little one down to do some essential task, he starts crying. And try as I might, I.can't.make.it.better.
(On the plus side, I'm pretty sure I've found a way to stop the terrorists: stick them in a room with a crying baby. They'll hand over those essential facts pretty quick. Wait a minute, I don't believe in torture. But still...).
So one awful week of awful hurty mouth later, I happened to be watching Nigella Bites on the Cooking Channel and she was making comfort food. It was therapeutic just to watch someone peacefully and happily mixing starches and desserts. And, oh, the fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing! I looked up the recipe and had all the ingredients. And suddenly, I needed chocolate cake in the worst way. There is a bone-tiredness, an emotional exhaustion that cries out for the one thing that will make it better: chocolate. (A good nap helps too.)
We are still not out of the woods. Mr. Bean is still battling those teeth. I know he will be doing so for a couple of years, but I am desperately hoping--for his sake and mine--that this acute phase will be over soon. Until then, I have half a chocolate cake in the fridge to finish. And I now know how to make more.