As Lu gets older, those moments where both of the girls are sleeping are fewer and farther between, but now is one of those lucky times, so I just knocked out the last of my homework for nutrition and now on to a much overdue post!
I had intended to write thirty posts of thanks in homage to this thankful season, and while initially, I had thought that I might be able to check off thirty in the month of November, that proved to be a bit too ambitious. Nevertheless, the season for thanks is still upon us, so I’m not completely ducking out of the resolution.
This past week was wonderful. My dad, Mandy, Hannah, and Eamon made the drive down to Denver, and we spent four solid days together, including multiple runs, a few walks, Thanksgiving dinner, shabbat, the Art Museum and even a spontaneous nose piercing excursion! In fact, I ran so much that I’m up to 37 miles for the week! I can’t remember the last time that happened, and what’s more, I hardly noticed the additional challenge of that increase, because I had such great company.
It’s always good to catch up. Hannah is about to begin her last semester of her undergraduate, Eamon is a sophomore and excelling in Cross Country, and dad and Mandy are active in the synagogue, running, working long hours, and overseeing a long overdue kitchen renovation. Rather than getting easier with experience, saying goodbye seems to get harder. Just think what Lu will look like in two months time! What will Lily be saying or doing next? I’m just so grateful that the girls love these guys as much as I do, and watching Lily’s special relationship with Eamon in particular is a treat.
Thankfully, Joshua also had the past week off, and after many long hour s of working on our back two rooms and Sarah’s house, it was a relief to have a bit of time off.
Lu turned five months yesterday! And it’s true. Time absolutely flies into hyperdrive with the second baby. She’s loving her little excersaucer, rolling onto her front and her back, sitting up unassisted for a few seconds at a time, and even responding more her name and our voices.
For a while there at the beginning of her fourth month, Lu’s wakefulness presented a new set of challenges, and Lily definitely noticed the reduction in the amount of time devoted to her. It felt like Lu never slept during the day and I could hardly put her down. Thankfully, that stage has begun to ease a bit, and in the past few days I’ve been able to set Lu down for a few naps.
Despite that challenge, Lu is really an easy, happy baby. She hardly ever cries, endures the knocks and longer periods of independent play required of a second child with grace, and smiles with all the warmth in her little body. I’m also so thankful that another stage seems to be passing: she’s taking the bottle from Joshua better than ever, and they’ve seemed to have worked out a special bounce to ease my absence. Evenings are still a little tricky when I’m in class or otherwise engaged, but they seem to be getting easier. As much as I enjoy being able to soothe Lu and getting her smiles, I am relieved when I see her relax without me, and I know Joshua can’t wait for their relationship to take on more and more importance.
*Likes: Rorsie Lion, the crinkle book. Her play mat and the dangling toys. Her exersaucer! The Bjorn and facing out more and more over all the other carriers. Snuggling with mommy. Giggling at sister’s antics. Car rides (hooray!).
*She’ll pass: on anything other than a quick nurse in the middle of the night, waking up early (she sleeps in until at least 730 most mornings), a pacifier, and startling noises. Me being gone in the evenings.
Oof! The beginning of November was challenging with this little girl! We had temper tantrums, tears, and heartache all around. It really made me sad to see her struggle, and I felt terrible. You know. ‘Cos I’m supposed to be able to prevent that from happening ;)
I really do think this past month has been the hardest thus far in terms of adjusting to life with a little sibling. Lu demanded more attention than ever before, and Lily definitely noticed. There was some moments of naughty behavior including poking and biting (!), but I’m so happy to report that Lily’s attitude towards Lu has really shifted in the past couple of weeks. I credit the exersaucer! All of a sudden, Lu seems like more of an independent little person to Lily, and Lily will play next to the saucer, singing, dancing, and making Lu laugh. Nothing makes me happier than watching the two of them lock eyes and communicate.
I’ve also had a chance to see more toddlers in action over the past month, and it really makes me appreciate Lily’s individual personality. Yes, she has moments of naughtiness when it comes to her sister, but she’s actually showing remarkable poise when it comes to sharing and being gentle. She listens to me very well, and she’s a great and adventurous eater. She definitely has pretty intense emotions, but as she learns to communicate more and more, those extremes do seem to lessen.
I’m so thankful for this time with Lily. Our first conversations are pretty thrilling, and I love hearing what she has to say. Watching her make believe is a new frontier too, and watching her imitate us makes me feel a new surge of responsibility.
*Likes: the Children’s Museum, Church (“can we do it again?”) and more specifically, the nursery at church and the other kids there, pushing her stuffed toys in strollers, walks, her “big slippy jacket and boots,” the train, going to the park, and dates with mommy and daddy. And hot chocolate, of course. Three books and three songs before bed. The ABCs. Practicing with scissors.
*She’ll pass: on my outfit choices, hats, having her hair brushed, using the big girl potty (:(), fried collard greens, and waking up from nap.
Well, that’s all for now. Lu just woke up, but it’s good to catch up! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and gave lots of thanks!