What’s New: Goodbye Nap, Hello Caterpillar
Today, our favorite baby boy is three months old and he gets more and more delicious with each passing day. He’s still a big sleeper, and I’m starting to think he may always be, but when he’s awake he is so very active. He’s not big on hanging out on his back under his lovely (and expensive) toy hanger, but this week I took out the few, simple baby toys we have. I noticed that he seemed to be reaching toward things deliberately sometimes, so when we’re lounging around during his alert time, I’ve started holding a little black and white rattle within his reach and between gurgles, coos, and giant smiles, he bats at it and seems satisfied to hear its ring. One day soon, I suspect he’ll reach for it and take it in his hand in his first step toward conquering the world.
He remains quite particular about where he is and what he’s doing when awake and, just yesterday, began making a noise that I can only describe as a deafening squawk when someone dare hold him in a position he doesn’t like. I’m disappointed to say that he doesn’t seem to enjoy being “worn” unless he’s a) nursing, b) asleep, or c) being put to sleep. Of course these three activities take up most of his day, so he logs many an hour in the ergo, a ring sling, or a wrap, but it’s sort of a bummer for me to see that when we’re adventuring and he’s awake, he’d actually prefer being in the stroller to being snuggled up to me. Bummer, dude. I guess it’s a good thing we bought a stroller this time around.
He has been super easy to EC, as he doesn’t tolerate being wet either, so if we have a “miss,” he lets us know right away and he’s pretty obvious in his cues most of the time, too. He’s just getting big enough that I can hold him on the Little Potty sometimes instead of over the
sink baby urinal, too.
Annabelle has been tons of fun this week. She’s still way into sounds. Either the daddy or I always takes her on a late night trip to the restroom before we go to sleep and often she mumbles, but she always remains in the space between waking and sleeping. One night this week, she sat on the toilet, eyes mostly closed, and said, “duck starts with d and elephant starts with e…” She loves them so much she dreams about them, I guess. It definitely seems that she’s in a sensitive period for language.
The naptime era seems suddenly to be coming to an end, so we’ve all been adjusting to that. In order to guarantee myself a bit of down time each day, I’ve started a new routine. We go upstairs after lunch as we always have and I still dim the lights and turn on relaxing music, but I also offer Annabelle a basket of books and an animal companion to keep her company. I picked up a 30 minute hourglass, which I turn over as I leave the room so that Annabelle can have “quiet time.” When the sand has all fallen to the bottom of the glass, Annabelle comes downstairs to get going with her afternoon, but I’m hoping that if she’s ever particularly tired she’ll fall asleep. 30 minutes is not the same as the 1.5-3 hours I used to get, and the content on this blog is one thing that has suffered as a result, but that’s okay. I’m working on squeezing writing time in elsewhere and enjoying the opportunity to spend more time with my girl in the afternoons.
As much as life is still a bit crazy, I think we’ve fully settled into a new normal that involves getting out and enjoying some of the great things our community has to offer as well as hanging out at home making messes in the kitchen. It feels surprisingly balanced, which is something that seemed impossible several weeks ago. I no longer feel like I’m constantly doggie paddling to keep my head above water, and I’ve even started to make some serious forward motion with a project I’m really excited about (and I think you will be, too!). The daddy’s dad was here for a visit this week, and my sister(!!!!) arrives tomorrow along with my favorite niece, but starting next week we’ll be on our own for the foreseeable future. I’m looking forward to enjoying that settled feeling until things change yet again, as they always do.
How’s life in your house? I really would love to hear the latest either in a quick comment or a post of your own. Linky is after the rest of the week’s photos!