Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Today is your 4 month birthday. You have spent the day alternating between complaints and worries and giggling. With periods of nursing, napping, and diaper changing thrown in just to keep things on an even keel.
You have so many new skills and talents. You can turn your head and focus your eyes anywhere you want to now. You frequently apply this skill toward following the antics of your big brother and your Papa. They are the best show on earth as far as you're concerned. Today, for example, you were just cracking up every time Eden tried to do the Harry Potter levitation spell on you. Over and over again. At first we thought it was the wand, but then he did the spell without the wand and you cracked up just the same. And later, when Ba came in from outside, you belly-laughed! He didn't even have to do anything other than show up. (In spite of the fact that just moments before you'd been complaining in my lap telling me that life was just not up to par as far as you were concerned.)
You are a highly skilled finger and thumb sucker. So far you haven't picked a special finger or thumb that you like the most, but instead opt for shoving the whole hand in the vicinity of your mouth and chomping down on whichever digit comes closest. You like to keep your options open.
We finally cleared up that horrible rash you had developed in your skin folds and you are feeling much better. If your friends ask, it was Anti-Monkey-Butt Cream that finally did the trick. We tried lots of other remedies and you were very patient with all of them, but you were clearly relieved when we figured out something that worked.
I need to have a little talk with you about sleep. You've got this idea that sleep must be preceded by crying and complaining. I'm here to tell you that there really is no need. It is possible, and in fact very pleasurable, to just sink into sleep without crying first. Adults, children, and babies do it all the time. I recommend you give it a go. I think you'll find it's a lot less trouble and energy, less painful, and probably more restful. On a related note, I wouldn't mind if you experimented again with that newborn habit you had of sleeping for 4-6 hours at a time on occasion. If you do, you might get the bonus of a better rested mom!