So I don't blog much anymore, I'd like to do it more often, but I guess that's just how things are for me at the moment. I keep hearing about babies who sleep through the night, who play happily on the floor on their own, who amuse themselves, who don't roll or tummy crawl, who don't try and lever themselves out of their bouncers. Who don't need to be standing up to be content, who don't suck on their Mummy's face (leaving her looking like a victim of domestic violence), I've even heard that some babies have reasonably long naps in the daytime, and that when you take them to visit with people, they just kind of hang out and go with the flow. And I used to read this blog called While She Naps, which led me to believe that I would have a little time to sew pretty things and get housework done when the baby arrived.
But I don't.
I have a firecracker of a baby, and at 5 months she's still waking up 3 times a night, she seemed to be improving before we moved house, but as nice as the new place is, it's new, with new sounds and sights, and noisy kids who jump on our roof (they live upstairs) well into the night, and things go bump, and babies wake up, and it's taken me a bit of time to get used to the new temperature here and to bundle her up a little more as winter progresses, and so on and so forth.
And there was a time there where I was feeling pretty darn strung out. I was watching other people's chilled out babies, and listening to all these 'sleeping through' stories, and reading and re-reading books about how to make it happen. And I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't be forever thankful to the universe if she just calmed down, chilled out and started to enjoy sleep a bit more, but it occurred to me one day a little while ago, that I don't really have a lot else to do besides look after her. And this time is going quickly- like really quickly- and rather than wish it away for the sake of convenience and getting stuff done, I could just be the one to calm down and go with the flow... and I think I have, and life has gotten so much better.
So she's high maintenance, you definitely know when she's in the room, and sometimes I worry that friends and strangers think I'm mean to her because she really lets fly when she's unhappy or tired, but she laughs and smiles all the time. And right now I'm the person who can make most things better for her, and who knows how long that will last, so I'm just going to try and soak it up while I can.
And yes, her shrug is on upside down, but I assure you she moves very quickly!