I can’t believe maternity leave is half over. I’m sad thinking about returning to work and only having a few short hours a day with Melody. What would it take to win the lottery so I could take more time off?
Yesterday was officially the two month mark. I can’t believe how big she is already! As I mentioned the other day, when she nurses her butt lines up with my breast instead of her feet. It’s astounding. We’re dressing her in 3 month clothes much of the time now to have enough length. The clothes are always too wide on her, since she’s not growing out, just long. I hope that slows down at some point.
Her ability to be ahead of the curve continues to show in a few ways. She’s having mouth pain, which I didn’t think should happen until she cuts teeth. Our best guess is there are teeth moving but not ready to come through yet. This contributes somewhat to her fussiness, but she’s also fighting sleep. From what I’ve read that typically happens between 3 and 5 months, but she’s been doing it a few weeks now. She’s trying to take everything in every day. The only way we typically get her to sleep is to give her a bath in the evening, then rock her to sleep in a dark room. This still takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes. She’s so strong willed! Once out she tends to be down for a good 12 hours, with a few short times where she wakes up beyond the two or three times she’ll eat. We’re working on getting her up earlier, then have her take a nap a few hours after waking so she’ll be a happier baby. Today that resulted in a 2 hour nap. We’ll have to keep working on it though, for all of us. I’m useless before noon and that screws up the day.
One area she’s behind in is her motor skills. We hadn’t tried playing with toys because she didn’t seem that interested. But that means she doesn’t reach for things. It’s like the thought doesn’t occur to her. We have been putting her down on the floor to look at the toys above her, but the first one we tried was out of reach so she didn’t have any reason to reach. We have another toy where the mirror is visible to her and the toys are very low so she’s learning to try to hit them. We’re also putting toys in front of her to work on this skill. She’s starting to improve already, but it will take her some time I’m sure.
This child is clearly a mix of my wife and I. She has my stubbornness, where she does what she does which shows itself in the battle for good positioning and latch while nursing. But she also has my wife’s patience, thankfully. Her energetic color is closest to my wife’s grandmother Diane, a gifted prophet while she was alive, and a light/bright purple. We think she might have memories from that energetic line because she had a strong reaction to the song Danny Boy. My wife’s great grandma was always saddened by that song because she always denied being Irish. Melody also had a strong reaction to Sarah McLachlan’s Angel a few weeks back. I had my wife hold her implant band (an Access Bar point behind the ear) and she was able to release whatever was linked to that song. Now she smiles when it comes on.
We’re exposing her to more music now. In the past few days she’s loved Jennifer Nettles, Pink, and Garth Brooks. We’re showing her video, not just the audio. What this does is helps her see that she can see things but not touch them. She sees their color/energy, and wants to touch them, but can’t. Plus, all the energy they put out can be intense so it helps her cope with that type of energy in the comfort of her own home. It’s rather fun to watch her focus so hard on these videos.
Well I better get ready for bed. She’ll likely want food soon as well. Plus my wife needs a quick break before bed. Maybe I’ll remember the other things to talk about and blog more often going forward. 🙂