This baby, I tell you what. She has got us all wrapped around her little finger! Even Kiddo1 is pretty enamored with this precious girl. She’s the kind of baby that makes you want to have so, so many more babies because this age of babyhood is amazing. She sits, she rolls, she discovers something new AND AWESOME every day. It’s pretty sweet to watch her learn new skills and take in new observations. There’s nothing like watching a baby grow!
She’s still rolling everywhere. She started really pushing up and getting her belly off the floor a bit just a couple weeks ago. She will also scoot forward a little by pushing her feet on the floor. So once she gets enough arm strength to get her belly completely off the floor… watch out.
She’s getting her fine motor skills down so well. She’s pinching objects with her thumb and forefinger in order to pick up small things, like bits of food. When she has something in her hand, like a spoon or her hairbrush, she twists her wrist around to make the object rotate. She passes things back in forth between her hands in order to study them completely. She’s so inquisitive, so smart. Can I please brag some more about my genius baby?!?
Okay, I will! She babbles constantly now – she’s really discovering her voice! She can get so loud just with her babble that we can’t hear each other talk! She tends to say “dadadada” sounds when she’s playing, or super happy, or she sees her wonderful daddy. Interestingly enough, when she’s a little upset or hungry it’s “mamamama” or more of a “nananana” sound. That’s a funny joke, kid.
I suppose her life is not all sweet milk and roses, though. She’s sleeping okay. Naps are getting a lot better. She takes 2-3 naps a day. I’m only home three days a week (I work from home on Fridays now!) but on those days she seems to take one good morning nap about 1.5-2 hours after she gets up, another nap around mid-day, then maybe one mid- to late-afternoon. Some naps are 90 minutes, some get to even 2+ hours, a few here-and-there are only 45 minutes. Those shorts ones are when you know she just couldn’t get in her nap groove for one reason or another so her sleep cycle like totally sucked and she’s over it quickly.
Nighttime sleep is better than last month. She goes down around 7 and usually gets up once around 10, then she’s out until maybe 3, but sometimes 5. She wakes at 5 consistently, regardless. And she’d be up for the day at that point if I’d let her. But if she eats while she’s still a little groggy, she’ll usually nap for an hour or two.
Honestly, at this point I’m fine with her waking up at night. For one, I’m paranoid about supply problems so 7 hours without feeding her is long enough. I haven’t had any reduction in supply and I’m still donating, but maybe that’s because I’m still feeding her at night. I guess I won’t know until it changes! It only bothers me on the nights that she has an extra wake-up at 2 or 3, which is fairly rare but always seems to happen on the nights that I really need that full night’s sleep.
Anyway, when she does go down to sleep she gets to use her pacifier. She has gotten really good at getting it in her mouth all by herself. It’s really quite adorable when she grabs the paci (such joy in her face when she gets a hold of it), twists and turns it around and moves it to her mouth just so.
She has been eating solids for a couple months. She’s had avocado, sweet potato, banana, carrots, kiwi and egg. She doesn’t eat much, but solids are really all for practice now anyway. Sometimes we puree the food, sometimes just mash it, sometimes just give it to her, like scrambled eggs or a chunk of banana to nom-nom on. She explores her food, taking it in with touch, sight and smell as much as taste.
So I said before that Kiddo1 is “enamored” with her. Well oh my goodness, lately there has really been a shift with him and he has been smiling at his sister, talking to her and playing with her and she just smiles and smiles at him. Last month he would pick her toys up off the floor, but now he makes faces at her to make her laugh when they’re sitting at the table together (she’s been sitting in her chair at the table for a couple months now – it’s one of those that just pulls up to the table which has been awesome). It took us seven months to get here, but things are finally feeling like they should be between our two children. I’m sure it won’t always be smiles and fun faces, but I’ll take every bit of it that I can get!