Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hannah is 5 months!

Time continues to fly by.  I really try to soak in the time I have with her while celebrating all of the little milestones.  One night last week she fell asleep on my chest and I literally wanted time to stop.  I thought my heart was going to explode with joy.  I have had a couple of parents this week tell me it gets better and better so I'm trying to not wish her to be a baby forever, even though I know that's not possible in any case!

Hannah decided to celebrate her 5-month birthday one day early by rolling over from tummy to back after practicing with her Abuelita.  We were not home, of course, and she refused to repeat her trick today.  But, it's a milestone we have been waiting for!

She has also gotten pretty good at holding her toys, and bringing them to her mouth.  She sometimes leans forward from a supported seated position to reach for something.  She is super smiley and chatty, especially in the morning.  Her cooing is so adorable.  Sleep is still going well, most nights she goes to bed around 9 and wakes once to eat, and is up for the day around 7, although that varies.  One day last week she slept until 9:15!  I missed seeing her in the morning but that is some good sleeping.  If we throw her off her schedule by taking her out somewhere she adjusts by taking extra naps the next day or sleeping in.  I can't complain.

Friday night we got our niece's jumperoo (thank you!) and decided to try it out Saturday afternoon.  I figured it would be a bit big but we put Hannah in it anyway.  It was a pretty funny sight:

She looked so little suspended off the floor!  We put a box underneath so her feet can reach but her torso isn't really that stable, either.  We figured we should just try again in a couple of weeks when she is 4 months adjusted age, since these are meant for 4 months and up.  She won't be tall enough for a while, though!
Three more days and my family from Sweden comes to visit!  We are all very excited.  Hannah has been keeping up with everyone via Skype but it will be so much better to see each other in person.  Our nanny has the week off so I will be home with Hannah Tuesday and Wednesday and they arrive Wednesday afternoon.  My mom is watching Hannah Thursday and Friday and I bet they will have a great time!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My little girl knows what she wants!

One of the things I have been worrying about lately is transitioning Hannah out of her swing.  She started sleeping part of the night in it pretty early on (she was too small for it at first) and for the past 5 or so weeks since I went back to work she has slept most of the night in it, in our room.  I have been fretting about getting her used to sleeping on her back on a non-moving surface, when the swing is so cozy and relaxing.  (This would be in the co-sleeper, never mind the crib in her room, which I am very much not ready for.)  Honestly, I didn't want to go through the rough nights while she adjusts to the co-sleeper so I have been putting it off.

Well, last night I put Hannah to bed in the swing at 9:20 like every night.  By 9:50 she was crying.  She never does this.  Most nights she sleeps straight through 5:30 if not 6 or even 7.  Once or twice she has been up as early as 12 or 1 but it is very rare.  I walked her around, she snuggled into my neck (God I love when she does that!) and I put her back in the swing.  She cried.  I took her out and nursed her again.  Put her back and she cried.  By now it's after 11 and I need to get to bed myself.  I call Steve upstairs, and ask him to work his magic walking-around powers on her while I get ready for bed.  I'm thinking this is going to be a long night.  A few minutes later he comes downstairs, and announces that she is asleep - in the co-sleeper.  Again, I'm thinking it's going to be a long night.  There is no way she is going to last in there.

I finally go to sleep around 11:30 and when my alarm goes off at 6 I'm amazed to see Hannah snoozing away right next to me.  She eats and goes right back to sleep until after I leave at 7:30.  Nanny reports that she is refusing the swing for naps today, and sleeping in the crib.  I guess that's that!  Her mind is made up and she's not changing it.  Much like her parents, I'm afraid.