Evelyn went to sleep at a little after 11:00 last night and slept until 7:00 this morning (I think). I’m a little fuzzy on the details actually – is it possible to pick a child up, and nurse the child all in your sleep? So I think she did a full 8 hours last night. Unfortunately Avery fell out of bed at 1:30 this morning and it took me 45 minutes or so to get her back to sleep. So I didn’t get a whole 8 hours, but I’m excited anyway. It’s exciting just that she went to sleep before 1:00 actually. We’re working really hard on this sleep training thing. It’s pretty rough stuff.
Archive for June, 2010
I wrote this whole long entry and what I really wanted to say was this: It took having a second baby to realize just how difficult my first colicky baby really was. Colicky babies are kind of traumatic and if you ever know anyone raising one please, please, please don’t ever tell them that the best thing they can do for their baby is to pick him or her up as soon as they start crying. I felt plenty stressed out and guilty for not being able to keep my baby happy. I didn’t need that expectation running through the back of my head making me feel even worse every time I had to listen to Avery cry because I hadn’t eaten anything yet that day. Thank you to my parents and the hospital staff who told me it was okay and I wasn’t a bad person if my baby cried for 5 or 10 minutes because I needed a break or needed to finally take a shower.
To people who have babies with colic – It gets waaayy better. It really does, and you can make it. Just do the best you can.
Evelyn is a fabulous sleeper. She’s already to where she only gets up about once a night on most nights. Unfortunately we’re still working on getting her to go to bed before midnight. She’s done it twice this week, but typically it’s 1:00 before she’s out for the count. She does pretty well with naps, too, and sometimes she’ll put herself to sleep at night, which is just amazing to me.
I put her on the floor last night to let her have some exercise time on her tummy and she was trying really hard to roll over. She kicked her little legs up, but didn’t quite make it. She’s a pro at holding her head up, though and she grins all the time now. She’s started cooing a little too, and I just love her little noises. Her Grandpa is the best at getting her to grin and talk.
She’s still a little fussy, but she has 15 minutes here and there throughout the day when she just sits there and looks at the world. We think she’s pretty cute and boy, is she growing fast!
We’re a little late, but Avery turned 2 June 1st! She LOVED her Birthday. We had a joint party for her and my sister. Avery’s Birthday is the 1st and my sister’s is the 2nd. We had the party May 31st. Go figure. We actually did it so that my Dad could be there.
We had a cake with 12 candles on one side and 2 on the other. Avery liked blowing out the candles so much, we had to light a candle and let her blow it out about 8 more times. She actually blew out all her candles, too. I was pretty proud of her. We managed to distract her from blowing out candles by giving her a piece of cake. My mom made a jello cake and she got pretty excited about the cool whip on top.
Then we opened presents. She was hilarious. She would get one open and immediately say “a o one?” (other one). At one point she unwrapped a ball and actually threw it over the side of her high chair in her hurry to get the next present.
Sometime in the middle of the unwrapping frenzy my brother started cheering her on. Nathan started yelling “tear! rip! bite!” as she opened the presents and sure enough, this is what she did:
It was pretty hilarious. She had a blast, and now anytime anyone mentions a Birthday her eyes light up. Luckily she gets almost as much of a kick out of other people’s Birthdays as her own. She had a pretty good time at Aunt Clair’s party and Uncle Nathan’s Birthday celebration was yesterday and she was so excited she even wanted to get out of the pool!