The past three nights have been glorious, glorious, glorious. When I type glorious it does not do justice to how it sounds in my head… in my head it is like angels are singing and you can hear trumpets (not too loud though so that they don’t wake the baby!). She has gone down with under 30 minutes of protesting and has stayed asleep until 4:30 am, after which she eats and goes back to sleep until 8:00 am. I can’t ask for much more right now to be honest. Sure that 4:30 am feeding is a small jab in the bum, but as long as I get to bed at a decent time it’s really not that bad at all to be honest. Like my friend Kim said, I only have so many nights left that she is going to want to hang out with me 😉 She is napping great as well, I am just so freaking proud of her right now. We are on day 27.
I have been trying to recall for a few days if anyone has ever told me how tricky it is to feed a baby. Maybe it’s just my baby though, or is it babies in general? She is SO handsy, lol. I know she is curious and wants to participate, but when her spoon gets slippery with food it’s a very slip and slidey tug of war that happens between the two of us. I try to pull the spoon out of her hands, but she has baby hulk strength. She also loves to put her fingers into her mouth and get food on them and rub it all over her face and hair and ears- today she almost had it in her eyes. When it’s her last feeding of the day I don’t really mind as she is going right into the tub and it’s a sensory experience, but in the middle of the day, when we are out, feeding can be tricky business. I have found it helps to have a buddy system- one person feeding and one person entertaining. I remind her that her hands stay down and that we don’t scratch our eyes out when our fingers have food on them, but she doesn’t listen to me, so I guess she will just have to learn for herself- it’s so messy, but so fun to watch 🙂
She is a rolling and pivoting machine right now. If you put her onto her back she immediately flips over onto her front so that she can get moving! For a brief moment in time today she was up on all fours, didn’t last long, but it happened. She has managed to move herself forward a few cm’s a few time, but only a few cm’s- moving your body is hard when you weigh 17 1/2 pounds and don’t have much muscle, lol. It’s so interesting to watch her plan her movements; she will look and think and look and think for a bit and then make her move. If she is successful the look and think gets shorter and shorter each time she tries the movement again- you can see the motor planning happening right before your very eyes. If she has challenges she tries and tries and then gets VERY angry if she is not able to do what she thinks she should be able to do, that’s usually when I pick her up and give her a snuggle 🙂
Her dad let’s her wriggle a little bit longer than me and it is probably because of this that she ever makes any gains in her gross motor development at all. He says that I am too quick to rescue her, and he is probably right and it’s probably why he has seen most of her gross motor firsts before me- he pushes her a little bit harder. I think it’s good to have a balance between the two. I get so proud of her when she does something new, it feels awesome, but I think it feels even better to see the look on his face, it’s the way my dad looked at me when I got my BA and when I got married and when I introduced him to Everly. Daddies think that the sun rises and sets on their little girls and we little girls wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂