Sleep: AWFUL. I felt like we were doing so well with minimal middle-of-the-night wakeups, but ever since Sam was born, we’ve had maybe ONE night where he slept all the way through in his own crib. Most of the time, he wakes up between midnight and 2am and screams his head off until we bring him to bed with us. At first, the hubs slept in our bed, which is next to D’s nursery so he could go in and grab him when he woke up. Meanwhile, I’ve been staying in the downstairs guestroom with the pack ‘n play. But then, D fell out of our bed early one morning and that put an end to him sleeping in our bed with just one parent. Pillows as a barrier apparently doesn’t work. So! We’re trying to figure out how to get him to sleep in his own crib ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE NIGHT without a ton of crying-it-out, since I do not have the patience for an hour of crying right now.
As for naps, those are pretty consistently 1-3 hours each afternoon, but I sense a change coming soon.
Foods: Super picky. Loves fruit, bread, and sweets. But typical toddler favorites like mac & cheese? Hates it. Occasionally we can get him to eat chicken nuggets, and he seems to enjoy pizza and pizza rolls, but man, feeding a toddler is complicated business.
Developments: Nothing ground-breakingly new, which is a little odd because I felt like we were seeing huge changes month after month. But lately, he seems to be stuck on the same small group of words. He loves to dance and run around the kitchen and read books. He’s getting better at working certain apps on the iPad.
Likes: We had one nice day this month (ONE) so we took him to the park for the first time since, oh, October. And man, he loved it. Cried so hard when we made him get off the swing. We’ve been able to take him to the park a couple of times since (and my parents took him one day when they were in town to see the new baby) and being outdoors is clearly this kid’s favorite thing in the world.
Favorite Songs: Still Pharell’s Come On Get Happy and oddly enough, Summertime in the LBC by Warren G.
Favorite Toys: Much to my dismay, he’s obsessed with this green, John Deere tractor with eyes. It’s very Cars-like, and when you push down on its top, the wheels propel it forward. The problem is, he’s not strong enough to push down the button so he requests, no, DEMANDS, that we do it for him – over and over again. This is only annoying when I’m trying to do something, like nurse the baby, which is what I’m doing about 60% of the time. He’s nearly conked his brother in the head several times every day.
Dislikes: Typical toddler stuff. Being told no or not doing whatever it is he wants to do.
What I’m Thankful For: Finally being on maternity leave and getting to soak up the cuteness of my two little dudes, all day every day. (And in the middle of the night.) It’s exhausting, but it’s also wonderful.
What I’m Looking Forward To: BOTH of my boys, sleeping through the night, in their own beds. Have a feeling it’s going to be awhile.
How Mommy’s Doing: Recovering. My c-section recovery was a little worse this time around, so I’m just now able to pick D up out of his crib and high chair. I can’t carry him for prolonged periods yet, but we’re surviving. I really hated not being able to hold him these last few weeks. Also, I’m very thankful that I haven’t experienced any PPD. I didn’t with D either, but I know every pregnancy, birth, and recovery is different so I didn’t want to assume I was in the clear. I’ve had my emotional moments, but they’ve mostly been the super sappy “I can’t believe how much I love these two little people” kind of moments. Can’t complain about that.