It kind of stinks having a baby at the beginning of the summer because come August when everyone else is talking about how they are so ready for boots and sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, you’re all: Wait, what? Where did the whole summer go? I thought it had just started!
But I can’t really complain. Spending a summer inside snuggling with a newborn has its advantages. We love our happy Rhea-baby.
Milestones: Rhea coos and babbles up a storm. She will take any excuse to flash you a toothless grin and start “talking” to you. She is sleeping for longer stretches at night, mostly between 9 pm and 2 am. After that, it is pretty much a crap shoot as to how much she is going to wake up to nurse or not. Some nights, she only wakes up once. Some nights, it seems like she is waking up every hour. She holds her head up really well, and I am able to hold her on my hip in the typical baby hold. I remember it took Wren forever to have that much back strength. She hates tummy time and will not hold her head up while she is doing that, however. Stubborn baby. She isn’t rolling over yet, but all of my girls have been late doing that. (Must be something I am doing wrong.)
Likes: Nursing, being held by anybody really, talking and smiling, she is finally ok with her car seat THANK GOD, her swing (although she is starting to get pretty big for it), her rock n play, and pacis (although she can shoot it across the room the second you take your eyes off her).
Dislikes: being hungry (shocker), when Wren yanks her arms or legs or tries to lay on her (another shocker).
Blurry, but shows off the incredible CHUB this girl has. I think she has outstripped even Rose and Wren (who was chubby before she started crawling). The size 2 diapers are starting to get really tight and she is starting to blow out of them a lot. The 6 month clothing is already almost too small and the 9 month size works better, but I just changed her entire wardrobe over to 6 month size a few weeks ago and refuse to do that all over again so soon. Mommy denial.
She is just a really easy, happy baby (unless you want to get any sleeping done between the hours of 2 am and 7 am.) She loves being worn, and I do that as often as I can, but how do you babywearing ladies get anything done? Every household chore I need to do seems to involve leaning over or having hot things or wet things directly in front of me. (Unloading/loading the dishwasher, unloading/loading the dryer, cooking on the stove, putting away laundry in drawers, changing diapers, etc.) She will fall asleep in the carrier, but then wake up and get mad every time her head falls backward whenever I’m leaning over everywhere.
I can’t believe the newborn stage is over already! She is a full fledged baby now. Thankfully, the top of her head still smells like heaven. I could breathe it in all day. I have been able to slow down and appreciate the little things this time around.
I like to think my camera work is improving over the years. In other news, Rose hasn’t had an accident all week! Going from 3 in diapers to 2 in diapers is so wonderful. Can I get an Amen?!