You may have noticed that Natalie’s weekly photo from last week is a bit different from all the previous ones, because she’s sitting up rather than lying down on the fabric. I’m grudgingly coming to accept the fact that these photoshoots are now a two-person job. Either she a) cries hysterically the moment I lay her down, or b) she rolls away so quickly that I have to choose between taking the shot or catching her before she falls off the edge of the mattress. Thus far I’ve chosen to catch her, but I really need Will’s help so it’s not such a terrible dilemma. His assistance, however, doesn’t change the fact that she loses her flipping mind as soon as she lies down, so she might be sitting up from here on out.
I recently re-opened my pet photography business (that’s what the new “Work with me” tab up top is) and was pleasantly surprised when I got a call to photograph two super sweet cats last week. They were absolute dolls and I had so much fun! Natalie hung out with our babysitter, and I am not ashamed to admit that she didn’t even cross my mind once during the shoot. It was refreshing to be doing creative work for people who didn’t even know I had a daughter. I love her to pieces but every so often it’s nice to be known as something other than “Natalie’s mom.” I’m not going to post any of the photos from the shoot here, but you can see a sneak peek of you like my Facebook business page.
We took Natalie to a playground this weekend and she got to experience swings for the first time. It was hugely anticlimactic. She loves it and cackles like a crazy person when we hold her and run around or swoop her back and forth or pretend to drop her, but we didn’t get anything more expressive than a coy smile on the swing. She was pretty tired, though, so I think next time will be more exciting for her.
I’ve never met a bandwagon I didn’t want to jump on, which is why I’ve joined the Click It Up a Notch #clickaday challenge for the month of June. It’s pretty straightforward – take a picture every day in June and post it using the #clickaday hashtag. You can use whatever camera you want to, even your iPhone, but I’m going to push myself to use my DSLR every day. More details on the challenge here and you can follow along with me on Instagram here.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here or not, but Natalie has actually slept through the night twice.
Hold on, let me try that again. SHE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT TWICE!!! CAPS LOCK.
I don’t mean the official definition of sleeping through the night (which is 5 hours, did you know that? I call total bull. I think it’s only defined that way so smug parents can say their 2-day old slept through the night), I mean she was in her crib the whole entire night, sleeping quite peacefully and without requiring anything from either Will or me. Last night was the second time (the first was several weeks ago) and it was amaaaaazing. Seven p.m. until 5:45 a.m. That’s a tad early for me, but I feel more rested than I do when she stays in her crib until 7 a.m., but I get up to feed her around 4 or 5.
six which is really a continuation of five
I’ve made no secret of the fact that while we sleep-trained Natalie back in January at bedtime, we haven’t been strict about it overnight and I’ve been feeding her when she wakes up. In February that meant three times a night and I was losing my mind from sleep deprivation, but then she dropped one feeding, and then another, and now we’re teetering on the edge of letting go of the final one. This past week I’ve been letting her wiggle around for 10 minutes if she wakes up in the early morning (typically this has been around 3 or 4) instead of getting up right away to feed her. And except for one night when she didn’t really settle back down, she’s been out cold again within eight minutes.
(I know, I know, this is Baby 101: make sure the baby is actually awake before you rush in there to feed her or whatever. This has been a kind of backwards laziness on my part: I wanted to get back to sleep more quickly and it seemed like I could make that happen by just getting the nursing over with so I could go back to bed.)
Anyway, it’s been quite clear the past two weeks that she’s not really hungry. She nurses distractedly, barely gets anything, and then falls asleep immediately, arms hanging limply at her sides while I transfer her back to the crib.
So, the “let her wiggle” routine is definitely working, because she’s putting herself back to sleep quickly and with with very little fuss. I would very much like for this to continue.
seven which isn’t about sleep at all
This is a blatant brag, but it’s my blog and I’m proud of myself, so that’s the price you pay for all these cute baby pictures. My mom + baby fitness class held a mileage challenge in May (walking, running, biking – whatever you felt like doing) and I logged 62 miles. Mostly walking, but the point (for me) is that I managed to get out there almost every day. I’m also up to a distance of five miles for my long run. Pre-pregnancy I would’ve scoffed at that number, but gaining thirty pounds and then putting your body through the wringer that is childbirth really makes you start back at square one.
Photo time! The family that runs together gets lots of bug bites together.