For the first month of her life, Amaliya existed. Slept, pooped, ate, cried, expressed the occasional preference for a motion or position, but there was not much of a personality there. During the second month, though, she really started to BE. These last few weeks have been truly amazing in terms of watching her grow, seeing her begin to recognize people and things, and become very vocal about what she wants and needs. Sometimes I watch her looking intently at something, and I can picture all the cells in her brain multiplying and making new connections.
Amaliya dislikes: outfit changes, being away from mama, too many hands passing her around, overstimulation, napping in her crib (or anywhere besides strapped to my chest), waiting for bottles to warm up or diaper changes when she's hAngry.
She takes so much interest in the world around her now. She stares at the bookshelves, pictures on the wall, herself in the mirror (and there's nothing cuter than watching her lock eyes with herself and break out in a giant smile); she follows objects with her eyes, and will grab at toys if you hold them at just the right angle; She looks me in the eye, smiles, and "talks" to me; her head and neck control are getting better every day.
This new sensitivity to the world around her is too much for her to handle sometimes. She gets overwhelmed easily, especially by people - it doesn't take long for a few new faces and pairs of hands holding her to max out her social abilities. That's the only time she really cries inconsolably, and it's only solved by mom's arms and voice (and if that doesn't work, a quick nursing session never fails to mellow her out).
The sleep situation deserves a post of it's own, but in short, she is an AWESOME night sleeper and I couldn't be more grateful. (I hate to post specifics because I might jinx it... but...) for the last few nights she has clocked almost 8 straight hours of sleep. I put her down about 8:00pm, and don't hear a peep out of her until 3:45am. I pick her up, fix her swaddle, feed her for about 5-10 minutes on each side, and she's asleep again before I lay her back down. She'll generally rest for another 2-2.5 hours before she's up for the day.
Naps are challenging, but she'll sleep for 1.5-2.5 hours at a time on my chest if I put her in the carrier. Crib naps are variable - sometimes she'll spring up (figuratively) after 10 minutes, sometimes she'll go down for 45 or so - either way, she gets more sleep when I wear her. Not ideal for the long term, but for now it enables her to rest well and me to get things done. When she gets closer to 3 months, I'll work on transitioning her to full time crib naps if it doesn't happen naturally before then.
|The best part of her naps in the Baby Hawk: getting to look down at this face all day!|
I never thought I would love being a mom so much <3