Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Thing About Babies

Not only are they constantly changing, but each change, each piece of the developmental puzzle makes things easier. And yet at the same time, each developmental milestone makes things harder too. Just when you get used to something, it all falls apart and you have to make another transition, set another schedule, and start over. It's a constant guessing game full of a million missteps.

Amelia pulled herself into a sitting position this week. She was crawling one minute and I looked back at her and she was sitting. "How did you do that?" I asked. She never responds. This happened twice over several days. Then Justin found her in her crib in the morning, sitting up and talking to herself. She spent that whole day doing her latest trick, completely impressing and amusing herself.

Most parents would celebrate this kind of major development. Good parents, anyway. When Justin told me he saw her sitting in her crib, all I could say was, "oh shit." SHIT!

Guess who hasn't napped one iota since learning a new skill? Seems it's a bit of a distraction for the girl who already sucked at putting herself to sleep. She went all day yesterday with maybe an hour of sleep during the day--from 7 am to 7pm. And that hour did not occur in her crib, so it hardly counts. I've caught her with her arms and legs sticking through the rails and on her knees, gnawing on the top of the crib. Needless to say, the bumper came out and the mattress went down--again. It's so low now I can't even put her in the damn thing without semi dropping her! One way I have NOT caught her is asleep.

It's amazing I have any hair on my head at all.

Amelia, in the midst of afternoon nap battle.

Do you think it's too late to start swaddling again? A full-sized sheet should do the trick. . .


And because the pleaser in me will not allow two completely downer posts in a row . . .

See Amelia's new hat?

It has a bill.

It can be made in any color (even for boys!).

It gets compliments everywhere we go.

Do you want one?

Stay tuned!


Marie said...

Do the hats come in big girl sizes?

Amelia said...

YES!! They do come in big girl sizes. So you should stay tuned too. :-)