And I’m finally really feeling like that time has passed (instead of asking “where in the world did it go?”) It seems… right… that we have an almost three month old.
This was a BIG week for K, as it was the week that I went back to work and she started at daycare. We are lucky to have a prior relationship with our daycare provider and to trust her as much as you can trust someone else watching your child, so we were off to a great start. K seems to be doing well on her daycare days (only three days a week) and our evenings following daycare have been SUPER pleasant, which is a happy surprise for us as we are used to grumpier evenings. Seems the stimulation of the daycare environment is working out for her! We are also happy because she gets to spend time with our friend’s child and said child has been working hard at her “big cousin” role and is already quite protective of K, apparently insistently telling our provider (her grandmother) to take care of the baby whenever the baby cries.
K is meeting more and more milestones each day. We have had more laughs – including the laugh we are calling her first “real laugh” as it went beyond the heh-heh sounds she’s been making for weeks. She is also “talking” to us quite a bit and I absolutely delight in the moments when she seems to make one long continuous babbling sound, complete with changes in pitch. She shows more recognition of both of us. She has also really gotten into grabbing and holding her toys on her playmat and attempts to bring them to her mouth; sadly, their position above her head mean that she pulls until they fly out of her hand and she ends up with her fist in her mouth, which seems to be an acceptable consolation prize nine out of ten times. Her favorite song right now is “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” particularly the part where we do “all three.” She has pretty good neck control, is capable of lifting her head off the ground for many many seconds, and at times can sit with less support, though of course she still needs a lot of it! She is a master at scooting herself around on her back and has managed to get herself off of her playmat more than once (one time getting off the playmat, next to it, and in the opposite direction from her original direction – impressive!)
I am amazed at how much more capable she is of self-soothing and how much easier it is to get things done around the house, even with less time at home. She is content to be by herself for longer and longer stretches, provided she has some form of entertainment, which can be as simple as watching us move around the house. She is also calmer in the car these days (we went through a period where she would fuss and yes, scream, within minutes of the ride beginning) and is more consistently quite enjoyable to be around.
Sleep is still going well, though K is waking up once in the morning (before 7 am) since I’ve been back to work. I generally enjoy that “middle of the night” time with her, though I am grateful that we’ve limited it to one wake up session thus far. Swaddling continues to be our most effective sleep aid, though K does not immediately wake up when she becomes unswaddled and in the middle of the night I can put her back down even if her arms are free. Nursing is also going well and pumping is going fairly well though my child is eating like it’s her job at daycare and I am working on increasing pumping sessions to meet her demand. More on that later this week, I think.
Outside of daycare, fun adventures this week included going to the nursery, going to the pumpkin farm, and hosting a party, in addition to going to a beautiful state park today to soak up some gorgeous fall weather. K loves being outside and especially loves looking up at trees. She is not a fan of the sun in her face or too much wind. I hope to get outside a lot more in the coming weeks before it gets too miserably cold for any of us… we can all use that time!
So we come to the end of K’s fourth trimester and look ahead to a wonderful future with her. I am grateful for all of the time we’ve been able to spend together and for our little family and I must say, despite my concerns about bonding early on, I am quite
content enamored with this little being. She’s pretty wonderful and is definitely making our lives a better place to be!