Last month I didn’t really cover all the things Loris was doing because she’s been doing alllll the things at once.
Okay so up until this point Loris has accomplished — rolling from front to back, back to front, sitting up on her own, pulling herself up into a standing position, and then hanging onto whatever she can for dear life while also trying to lick whatever she is holding onto, she gets into the crawl position only to launch her body forward like a torpedo, she has 3 teeth, waves sporadically, can sign milk, and has started to say the very beginning of real words.
I am convinced she is saying “dada” but Andrew hears “mama” and Wallis of course hears, “Wallis” ha! It really does sound more like, “yeah yeah yeah” and “hello” but we’ll see. Wallis did say mama first – but most babies say dada first, so if that does happen, I would just like to say…it means nothing, ha! Okay okay sorry, but when Wallis said mama first no one batted an eye, but I know when Loris says “dada” it’ll be, “ooooh she loves her dada, she’s a dada’s girl…” blah blah blah 😉
A funny story that I want to remember, is the other day Loris had just finished a bottle of milk (her dad had been feeding her) and when I walked up from downstairs she was sitting there so chill and I said, “what have you been up to?” And she looked at me, raised her arm calmly and started signing milk, ha! It was hilarious, Andrew said, “she understood the question??!!” Ha! Who knows, but the timing was brilliant and I haven’t stop chuckling at that little fist all week.
We are in the 3rd month of solids so far, and it has gone great because she likes everything, but feeding her is a nightmare. She is obsessed with feeding herself and then holds on to the spoon in her mouth with the grip of 10 men, she also likes to drop some food on the high chair table and then put her face into it and blow bubbles….basically she’s wearing two bibs, one of which is a smock just to try to keep the stains down. She still spits up quite a bit, so I am already dealing with all those stains, and NOW solid food stains! I am not even sure why she owns a single piece of clothing.
Wallis didn’t even like to get her hands messy. I was constantly having to wipe her hands. Loris loves to see the food squish between her fingers and talk to it. I wouldn’t mind any of this if it didn’t mean a Pollock painting by the end….and I have to do it THREE times a day, so anyways I let it be because I am not the kind of parent to squash a kids joy, but inside, inside I’m crying.
Like Wallis, Loris is a terrible sleeper. Her naps are sporadic in the sense we never know if they will be 30 minutes or an hour, typically 30. She wakes up all throughout the night and has to be resettled, and then one full awake feeding which means 2 hours before she gets back to sleep….so basically we are up all night. This happens for a while and then she’ll have a day where she sleeps incredibly and Andrew and I will hope that whatever she was going through has finally passed….but then we’re back to where we started.
The first year of Wallis’ life was manic like that too. It isn’t as though we don’t have a routine, we very much do, but both girls just seem to have so much going on at once both physically and mentally, that their sleep does suffer, and so does ours. Wallis started improving once she turned 1 and by 2, she was sleeping well enough. She is still an early riser but we also put her to bed early…so that works out for now.
The biggest issue for me when it comes to the sleep is that Andrew is better at keeping Loris asleep (he was with Wallis too). If I come in the room, Loris starts kicking her feet, talking, and laughing. She cries to stay with me…but if Andrew goes in there, she just goes right back to sleep. He tells me, I am not cold enough, that he acts nearly dead like, ha! I really do try though, to show zero engagement, but Loris just doesn’t buy it.
I think for most parents, sleep is a constant stress until the kids are older. I imagine Andrew and I won’t know decent sleep again until Loris is 5 and Wallis is 9. Typing that was painful.
I really am trying hard to get Loris to crawl before she walks, but she is obsessed with walking, just like Wallis was. So who knows…she loves to jump too, which cracks me up. She looks like a baby chimpanzee, but if she’s standing up she’ll start jumping, she does it in her walker too as if trying to get somewhere faster…mercy, she’s going to be my undoing, isn’t she? When I type this stuff out, it starts to hit me…oh happy 8 months Loris, you really keep us laughing!