|"Hi, Mom! I see you've got that camera out again."|
|"I am sorry, this dinosaur is way more interesting than you."|
|"Wait. What's going on back here?"|
Last weekend, Clare was playing in her floor activity gym while I prepared bottles for daycare. Suddenly, I heard WAILING coming from the living room (which is really the same room as the kitchen – it is all one big room). I went running over, and found she had managed to roll herself at least three feet away from the gym, and was underneath the coffee table. I don’t think she was hurt, just scared, but apparently the days of setting her on the floor to do chores are over. She is not staying put. She has also been rolling herself onto her stomach at night, which of course has me running in there every so often to turn her over – because you know, BACK IS BEST and if she sleeps on her stomach I fail at motherhood.
We gave her solid food for the first time last weekend – organic pureed butternut squash. She didn’t love it.
She did, however, love the spoon.
Her sleep schedule has been screwed up for the past 5 days or so – she seems extra gassy and fussy, and I don’t know if it is the squash, or something I ate (Taco dip? Lasagna? Steak?), or if it is yet another tooth…..yeah, it can be a tad overwhelming figuring out what is bothering baby.
Clare is finally sleeping in her own room, a transition that was a lot harder for me than it was for her. In fact, aside from the past few days, I admit she is sleeping better in her crib than she did in the bassinet. She has plenty of room to roll around and turn over. The first few nights she was in there, I had a lot of trouble falling asleep. I am used to it now, although I still check on her right before I go to bed to make sure she is okay.
She discovered the cat last month, and now she just lights up every time she sees her. She loves petting her. I think I’ve made my feelings on the cat known, but it is cute to watch Clare get excited about her.
Back to this solid food thing - I am really stressed out about it for some reason. How do you know what to give her? How much to give her? What if she is allergic to something? (Given my food allergies, this is not an unreasonable concern.) I know I’ll figure it out like I’ve figured out everything else, but right now I am obsessing.
But enough worrying, it is Christmas time! Clare is loving all the Christmas decorations, especially anything with lights – and I am looking forward to all the fun holiday events coming up this month. Mom and Dad are even going to two holiday parties (thanks to my parents and lovely friend Christina.) Now, if only I can get Clare to sleep a little better, I will be ready to enjoy the season. Which will likely include eating a lot more taco dip.