Saturday, October 9, 2010

16 weeks...

So much has happened in the past 16 weeks, more than I could have ever imagined, but some things that I had been expecting haven't happened either. Here's a synopsis:
-Isla June loves to smile and laugh. Like full belly laughs. It is absolutely wonderful. It makes me laugh right along with her, and I kind of tear up too because it's the most amazing sound.
- We've stopped fighting the naps, which is a great relief for me. I didn't want Jeje to have to walk baby around for an hour every 3 hours in the day. Once you get her swaddled up, turn the music on and get the paci in, her eyes start rolling in the back of her head and she's good to go. You can lay her in her crib and she'll do the rest. It's quite wonderful. She even puts herself back to sleep if she's awake after a feed in the middle of the night.
- as you've all seen, her eye-hand coordination is amazing. She grabs for items on her activity mat and reaches out to grab my hair, mimi's nose, etc. I've looked into it, and this is an advanced skill for her. She's really not supposed to be doing this until 5 months or so.
-But on that same note, she's yet to roll over. We really thought that this would come early on (even the doc predicted that), but it hasn't happened yet. I'm not sure if it's her giant head, her lack of interest in rolling over (remember, she loves to grab things in front of her), her kind of slick activity mat (it's hard to get traction), or my being a bad mommy because I don't do enough tummy time with her. But, instead of worrying (ok, trying not to...) I'm just accepting that, as most children do, she will gain and grow skills at her own pace. She's advanced in fine motor skills, but maybe not so much with gross motor-although she's been holding her head up since she was like 3 weeks old. Who knows. Babies do what babies do. That's what I've come to learn.
- and as like I said, I was hoping we would have 12 hours of sleep under our belt by now. But, that is something else I am trying to be flexible about. I know some parents and docs say that babies can and should be able to go longer at night after reaching 11 lbs and four months, but I can't have her scream at night because she is hungry, it would just break my heart. So, I still nurse her to sleep at night. We're really good at nursing laying down, so at least I can snooze a little while she is eating. She's such an angel and I miss her so much when I'm at work. Plus, she's just so darn cute, so I can't be mad at her. Even when I am exhausted in the middle of the night, when I go to her crib she smiles so big when she sees me. Makes my heart melt. Plus, I know that there will be one day when she is too big to lay with me, so I'm just enjoying this time, as much as possible when I'm sooooo tired.

And for those of you who check the blog just to see pics of this angel, here you go.

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