Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Momentum

Sam and Rachel are definitely picking up momentum in their development. Rachel now officially sits on her own. (Sam still topples over backwards pretty quickly.) Rachel also whistles....okay not deliberately but she has a habit of pursing her lips really tightly, which she's done since birth. When you add in breathing quickly due to excitement of some kind or another, you occasionally get a true whistle. I love it!
Sam is up on his knees rocking back and forth and is so close to crawling we hold our breath each time he does it. It's funny that he can't sit but he sure can get around on his belly.
Both babes are now sleeping on their tummies. Both are eating solid foods....some days better than others. Both are resisting diaper changes..... specifically, they resist getting the new one put on. grrrrr Both are going longer stretches at night without food.
Both can wriggle out of the bumbo seats and don't react when they hit the floor. That's what I need - good fallers! :)
Both now resist falling asleep if they are interested in what is going on around them. On Monday we went to a BBQ for Infertility Awareness and they were wide awake and well behaved for the whole thing in spite of being  1.5 and 2 hours overdue for naps.
Both are practising their volume control. Sometimes they really startle each other when one of them lets out a sudden yell or shreek.
Being at the BBQ was great. We had a great chance to show off Sam and Rachel and also thank all the nurses and Dr Hudson for all they did for us. We are thrilled to be where we are today.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Seven Month Joy

This past month has been so full of joy and I can barely believe a full month has gone by. I wish time would slow down. Sam and Rachel are changing so fast. It seems like every few days they are showing us something new. Here are some highlights:
Rachel can now manipulate her soother so she finds the right side to put in her mouth. It's adorable to watch her do this at night when her eyes are closed and she's mostly asleep.
Sam has a new funny face/noise. He scrunches up his nose, squints his eyes and purses his lips, then breathes quickly through his nose. It's hilarious to watch and the more we laugh, the more he does it.
Both can nearly sit unaided.
Sam is now doing bbbb sounds.
Rachel's sounds are more and more like singing all the time and they are getting higher in pitch all the time.
Both can roll around and can pull their knees underneath them but so far there is only backward movement by Sam and rocking movement by Rachel.
Rachel loves to splash in her bath and she's soaking the bathroom and Daddy with water every night.
Sam is sleeping through the night!! He's done this twice now, 9 full hours! Whooohooo!
Both are loving seeing the world upside down and often lean back to do so when you're sitting with them.
Both love the cat and can often get distracted from their other needs or activities when she's in the room.
Both love food some days and hate it the next. Sigh!
Sam likes to grab my head and give great big sloppy kisses.
Rachel is nearly holding her bottle herself.
They are babbling with each other more and more, noticing and laughing at each other, wanting to hold hands and pull at the other whenever they are within reach.
I love this! I love them! More and more all the time.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Relocations

It was time. Past time.
He was ready. We were ready.
Ready to transition Sam from swing to crib.

For 2 months Sam has slept in the swing. For naps I put him in, gave him his puppy blanket, started the music and the swing and left him there, swinging, till he woke up. Sometimes this involved him crying for a while before falling asleep but never for long.
Bedtime was a little different. We did a bath, put him in his sleepsack, then we nursed. If he fell asleep nursing, I transferred him to the swing, started the white noise, gave him his puppy and left. If he woke up or didn't fall asleep, I would do the same but start the music and the swing and leave him swinging until he fell sleep. Sometimes this involved him crying for quite a while before falling asleep. If he was really unhappy and just not falling asleep Daddy would go in and sit with him until he calmed and then he'd fall asleep.

So after 2 months of this, we were pretty sure he had some coping skills and we were ready to transition him to the crib. This meant some big changes though because we knew he'd seriously disturb Rachel if they were in the same room.

SO, the big shift occurred on Sunday. Rachel's crib moved to the spare room, where she will sleep, and the swing moved into the nursery. Sunday night we did the usual bedtime routine, everything was the same, except for the swinging. He still had his sleepsack, his puppy, his swing music, his white noise and his Daddy comforting him.

And he cried and cried and cried. He cried for an hour. And then he slept.

He woke up 5 times that night and each time I went in and comforted him or nursed him. Each time I put him back in the crib to sleep. Twice he cried himself to sleep when I left him but it was never more than 10 minutes.

We have continued this all week and it's going better and better. Now he wakes up twice a night (as per usual) and that is totally fine with me.

I consider this a wild success!  It's hard when he cries but I know, and he knows, he's just fine.

I LOVE that they are getting older. :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Morning Baby

It's miraculous to me how Sam can be so so so happy in the mornings. So happy that he's nearly jumping out of his skin.His legs are pumping the air. His arms are flailing around. His torso is wriggling. He has a smile that practically wraps around his head. His eyes are dancing and he cannot contain or control the sounds that he makes, shrieks and giggles and outright belly laughs.
What makes this miraculous is what triggers it. Surely it must be a beautiful sight, it must be.
But one glance in the mirror confirms the miracle.
He's responding this way to a baggy eyed, crazy haired, pasty skinned, smelly, lop-sided-half-smiling Momma.
That's love, people, that is love!