|Bye A, have fun!|
Her involuntary movements are slowing and she's more in control of her arms and legs. She's just starting to reach for things, but doesn't quite have control, she's mostly batting at them. She's on the verge of being able to giggle but hasn't just yet. She's sleeping through the night and has been ever since Nathan left for Oregon two days ahead of me. It was my first night alone with her, and she fell asleep at 9pm. I waited up to feed her, but when she didn't wake, I moved her from her cradle in the living room to her co-sleeper in our bedroom. I figured she would wake me up soon after I fell asleep, but woke up at 5am in a panic. I checked on her and was relieved to see the rise and fall of her chest. I fell back to sleep, and she woke me up after 6am. Turns out, Nate's nighttime "baby duty" had consisted of him rousing her for one feeding a night for quite some time.
Some things about this age that I never want to forget:
- When we wake up in the morning around 7:30 and she falls back asleep on my chest after a feeding for a few more hours.
- The sounds she makes when she's drinking out of her bottle.
- That she loves looking at trees on our walks, and the moon.
- Just how big her smile is.
- How she furrows her brow.
- Feeling her fall asleep on me while I'm in the recliner/rocker.
- Her cooing - lots of oohs and ahhs, and how she moves her mouth.
- When she gets sleepy, she sucks her thumb, and plays with her hair with her other hand.
- How happy and content she is, and how she delights in small things.
- Singing. I sing You are my Sunshine to her multiple times a day, but we save Amazing Grace for bedtime (I'm still learning the words).
- Play. Morning play time under her gym.
- Outside. I spread a blanket or put her in her snug-a-puppy bouncer and she watches me water our newly-planted garden (a little late, I know), planes or birds.
- Talking. I talk to her all the time, even when changing her diaper.
- Baths. Every three days so her skin doesn't dry out. She seems to enjoy them and has just started "touching" the water.
- Reading. I just joined a book club and read her my books, for now.
- Prayers. I grew up with: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. I'm changing the second verse to the more common May angels watch me through the night and wake me with the morning light.
- Crafting. She's not much help just yet, but I think she likes watching or being close to me while I hold her in her Ergo 360.
- Walks. We walk 3 miles every night and she has never once fussed.