First Alice found her hands and then she found her tongue. Out of no where her little pointy tongue would stick out and she’d make all kinds of happy sounds while wiggling it around. Already now, this faze is almost over. It’s comical how much she used to do it – she sure loved showing off that little tongue!
Alice turned 20 weeks old on Monday and we’re finally starting to get her schedule into a groove that I can be happy with. For ten weeks now I’ve been working on getting her to the point where she can take naps independently. Where we can put her down sleepy, yet awake, and she’ll drift off to sleep without a bunch of intervention.
Her schedule is starting to smooth itself out with a nap routine starting around 10:15 and 1:30 daily. The evening is up in the air still. Right now it’s 4:30 and she’s sleeping, but other days she doesn’t have a nap before the rest of the house is eating dinner.
But, I’ll take it. Two months ago I was frustrated wanting to get her to a point where she could nap and I could have time to get back to chores or taking care of the boys. I’m glad the light at the end of the tunnel is turning out to be real and not some kind of mirage that keeps moving farther away.
Our next major sleeping hurdle will be breaking the 45 minute intruder and extending her day time naps. But any time I get frustrated over that I remind myself that it wasn’t long ago that she wouldn’t sleep unless you were holding her. We’ve come a long way baby!
Now that the holidays are over we’re getting back into the groove of being a family left to our own devices (here’s the crew enjoying a meal one sleepy weekend when it was raining outside).
I love having all the help we can get from friends and family, it helps bring peace and sanity to our house, but I do (mostly) enjoy the time we get as a family of five.
Alice is already benefiting from being the last baby, younger sibling, only girl in the house. She goes on more shopping trips with me than the boys did at her age. She gets to stay up later, be exposed to more tv and has more play things than her brothers ever did.
I’m not particularly proud of the tv thing but everything else I try to take in stride. I try to let go of the control reigns just a little bit and enjoy things as best as I can. Knowing this is the LAST baby we’ll get makes many of these moment hold a bit more weight.
Alice loves laughing, especially at her brothers. She watches them like a hawk when she’s sitting on my lap and they’re playing on the living room floor. I can already see many complaints in our future “Moooooom! Alice took my toy. Alice won’t leave me alone.” She’s going to be a little trouble maker. I can already tell.
At 20 weeks she’s grabbing things and getting them to her mouth, rolling like a champ and chomping on anything she can get in her mouth.
I really hope teething isn’t a huge headache with her. She stop taking a pacifier almost overnight and I’ve tried three different styles of pacifiers with her to try to get her back on with no success. So odd. Both Graham and Miles used a pacifier for a while (Miles until after age 2). Graham didn’t use a pacifier for long but even once he was “done” with pacifiers he’d still suck on one if we put it in his mouth. Not Alice, she won’t even suck on them. She’ll turn her head, stick out her tongue and if she’s already crying she’ll start screaming until you get the hint. I get stuck when things that were winners for one or both boys are complete misses with her.
What am I supposed to do with this little creature?
She now takes her naps in a pack and play and sleeps in a mini crib in our room at night. She’s sleeping in 4-6 hour spurts at night depending on whether she’s having a growth spurt or if she had a fussy day. There’s been a handful of nights where I feed her at 11pm and then she doesn’t start stirring until 7am.
Our snuggly naps have faded to nearly zero. While I used to get a good solid nap on the couch with her a couple times a day (when the boys were at school or someone was at the house to play with them) now it’s a rare thing that we sit for a nap together.
Knowing that the naps together will disappear all together soon enough helps me slow down and enjoy them when I do get to have one now.
The boys are doing well and seem to be relaxing into their roles as big brothers. They go to preschool three days a week and enjoy it. They continue to fight with each other but that is fading slowly away. Now they just have good days and bad days. Some days it’s all “my brother is my best bud” and other days it’s “keep that monster away from me”. I look forward to the days when they will play together and learn to give each other space when one (or both of them) need it.
Graham is still loving his letters and numbers and is getting pretty good at writing out his alphabet. In this picture I wrote it across the page in blue and he started writing his letters out with the orange marker.
Miles cracks me up often over the littlest things. Like how I caught him watching Octonauts the other day…
Miles is still allllll vehicles, cars, trucks, boats, planes, trains, anything that GOES so he’s into. Although luckily I’ve weaned him off five times a day viewings of Mighty Machines and now we’re down to a couple episodes of Octonauts or the latest craze Doc McStuffins.
I look forward to the days where Alice will be able to play with her brothers more but I have a feeling it will be less of them all playing together and more of the boys complaining that Alice is getting in their way. Hopefully we’ll get the baby gates in place before we get close to that era though!