I'm actually really glad I waited a day to write this, because now I have new stuff to write about!
In the last week we've noticed Baby Boy being markedly more interested in being upright and just generally being less of a blob. He can sit with something in his hands (so he's leaning forward) for about 5 seconds sometimes and he seems to love that little bit of independence. He can also roll onto his sides if he wants. And just this week he's started really getting his head up high when he's on his tummy. He's pushing up with his hands some, but it's still mostly from arching his back.
The biggest thing is that today he rolled from tummy to back three times. It only happened when I left his right arm sort of under him so he didn't have to figure out what to do with it when he rolled, but it was pretty cool. It also really startled him and he sort of bonked his head on the floor (he was on his play mat on the rug, so it wasn't like it hurt him), but I cheered him and I think he understood that it was a good thing.
This week Baby Boy has really ramped up the drool. Baby Girl never needed to wear a bib all day, but we may be moving in that direction with Baby Boy. It just runs out of his mouth all over everything and everyone. We even have moments of wondering if he's teething because he's cramming so much into his mouth and sometimes even getting fussy. We know logically that he isn't, but it's worse than we ever remember Baby Girl being.
I've also been working on getting Baby Boy to nap in his crib. We've had moments where he has done it, but it didn't last more than a half hour or so and we hadn't been consistent about it. Yesterday he took two (or three?) naps in his crib for 45 minutes apiece. I also put him down for his first nap this morning in there. When he woke up he was obviously still tired, but wouldn't go back to sleep. I let him nap on me for his later morning nap, but when time for his afternoon nap, I thought I'd put him in his crib. I had to fight him to get him to sleep because he was overtired from having shorter naps this morning. I swayed with him on his side with the binky in his mouth. When he was obviously drowsy, I laid him down, then had to shh/pat him for about 5 minutes, again on his side with the binky in his mouth. I also gave him a lovey--an elephant that is silky on one side and soft on the other. Since he usually wakes at 45 minutes, I went upstairs after about 40 minutes, prepared to get him back to sleep. He stirred a couple of times and I patted him a teeny bit. I'm not sure if he would've gotten himself back to sleep or not, but I'm glad I was up there. I came back down after he'd been asleep for a little over an hour (I didn't have a clock up there or I would've come down earlier) and he's still sleeping and has been for 1 hour 40 minutes. This is all in an effort to get him to nap well for the sitter in a crib.
I will make a separate post about my impending return to work full time next Monday. To say I'm dreading it is an understatement. I held him earlier today and just sobbed at him--I'm really going to miss him.
Get thee to an independent bookstore.
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