8 Weeks: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

20 Jul


The thing about kids is, try as hard as you like, you can’t force them to conform to cool music. As much as I play E the Jesus Lizard and Big Black, he’s not going for it.He wrinkles his nose and does his best frowny face (he has quite a few) and cries. E is much happier with Joni Mitchell and REO Speedwagon, even though I’ve got bored of listening to both of these through overplay now, so already we’re starting to differ in our taste. The one constant record we have agreed on over these last two months is First Aid Kit’s The Lion’s Roar, released last year and filled with woozy folky harmonies that make E’s eyes go big and round like saucers and his mouth drop open. I’ve been hammering this album since last year but the lyrics are so brilliant that even when the tunes get well worn I can still get plenty out of the poetry. Is it bad that I think these girls are too young to have written their own lyrics? The writer sounds like they’ve lived several lifetimes, passed through loss and bitterness back to a philosophical, detached state of self-reflection. All very beautiful anyway, and gets the baby to sleep when he’s bleating.

Ah sleep. Sadly still a long departed friend… we’re averaging 2 hour blocks at night which is showing no signs of improving in the stifling heat. But in spite of my general zombified grumpiness, it’s starting to feel a little bit more manageable. The reflux has settled, we’re only dealing with an hour and a half of colicky crying in the evenings, and to be honest the great big cheek-busting smiles E has been rewarding us with have made even the hardest days rose-tinted.

We achieve things, nearly every day now. We leave the house in the week. When strangers offer unwanted advice on why my baby is crying/not crying/whether he is or isn’t wearing too many or too few layers of clothing, I can let it roll off me and smile instead of wanting to stab.  We started going to a baby group. Got all the NCT babies (five boys!) together and laid them on a rug in a line and marvelled at them. Coped with endless family visits and smiled and actually meant it sometimes. Knocked over painstakingly expressed milk and cried and got over it. Left the house alone to go and do normal things for up to three entire hours. Forgotten to pull my top back over my bra and then left the house approximately twice. Been pooed on and weed on by E nearly as many times as I’ve dropped biscuit crumbs on his head, so we’re pretty much even.

We are getting there.



3 Responses to “8 Weeks: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar”

  1. arike July 21, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Awesomeness P 🙂 🙂 🙂

    maybe E will like Warpaint, Mazzy Star, Anna von Hauswolff, The Horn The Hunt too? x

    • tokaipenny July 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Ooh and a new Mazzy Star album due out soon too!

  2. thatdadblog July 22, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Little feet!

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