Thursday, January 31, 2013

Four Months

Baby 2.0 is now FOUR MONTH OLD!  On the one hand, it seems like yesterday that we were at the hospital, but on the other I can't really remember what it was like not to have her.  Did I say that already?  It's quite possible I posted the exact same thing when she was one month or three months, and I really wouldn't remember.  Sleep is still a bit of a challenge as she's been waking at night more than she used to.  However, I really cannot complain on the sleep front since she goes down for naps and now nighttime without hardly any complaining.  Seriously, you lay her down where you would like her to sleep, and there is often no crying at all before she conks out.  Amazing if you ask me.

Add to all that a happy, easy personality, and you have a very lovely baby in my humble opinion.  She pretty much just goes along with us and does all the things we do.  We tackled the grocery store the other day with just the three of us (I had mostly been waiting until M or Grandma was around) and it went really well. The Ergo is really becoming our friend.  She's happy riding around on my front, and it gives me use of both hands.  I put the Big Girl in the cart, and we were off!  We also use the Ergo when the weather is on the dry side, and it allows us to get out for walks in our neighborhood.  When we had thirteen days in a row without rain, I think we managed to get out on about ten of them.  At this point, exercise is at least as good for the head as it is for the body.

Over all I would say we are doing a pretty good job of fighting off the winter-with-a-tiny-baby blahs.  It takes serious work to get out of the house and go, but it definitely pays off in the sanity department.  Afternoons are still long (Is 4pm until Dad gets home a killer for all moms?  I suspect so.) but a combination of art projects and puzzles usually gets us through without too many struggles.  When the going gets really hairy (as it occasionally will with a baby and toddler) we break out the pile of books.  It turns out that you can nurse and read at the same time, and peace can be had.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Forth Trimester Ends

There is nothing quite like watching your tiny noodle of a newborn (oh how I love that peanut shape they curl into at that stage) suddenly "wake up" as they turn that three month mark.  That whole argument about the forth trimester of development really rings true at point.  With our Little Bird we notice this most with her vision.  For her first several months she had that vague, unfocused look unless you were about six or eight inches from her face.  Now it seems obvious that she can really see for much greater distances.  We know this because she's started making eyes at us from much farther away.  For instance, when I put her on her play mat and stand above her, she tracks my face, and smiles when she sees me.  (The smiles and giggles just get better and better, and now she is making many more "comments" about life as well.)  She can also sit in her exersaucer on the floor and watch me cook dinner which is really a fabulous development in my book.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Toddler Quotes #3

I have taken D's half empty box of raisins, dropped in a handful of nuts, and handed it back to her. She says "Nuts in the raisin box!?  That's the craziest thing I've ever seen!"

D, watching me change her sister for the umpteenth time "Well this is a poopy morning."

From the backseat of the car "Zed zed zed!  Zee zee zee! Zed zee zed zeee!"