I tell you it’s like a whole new life. Naomi is out of the”wah-wah phase” and into the smiles and almost giggles phase. She is starting to go to bed earlier (8pm–6am on Sunday night. Can we please make this a habit?) and will usually take a nap after she eats in the morning so I can sleep a little longer too. She is more aware of her surroundings and loves to watch TV and is now starting to notice toys.
(around 10 weeks)
Hooray for self-soothing!
I had started to write an update on Naomi last week, but I feel like she has changed so much since then that it no longer applies. She seems to be right on par with the developmental milestones, and I’m just grateful and feel more and more blessed every time she flashes a smile.
You can't see it, but he folded his collar and tied up his tie in a bow to look more authentic like this:
And while I'm on book recommendations, the other book my sister gave me to read was Dr. Harvey Karp's, "The Happiest Baby on the Block." I read this when I was pregnant and thought his methods made sense.
Now, after having put the 5 S's into practice, I have definitely found swaddling to be absolutely critical, along with sucking, shushing (or white noise), and swinging. The "side or stomach" position I haven't found particularly helpful or unhelpful with soothing, but tummy time sure has improved her spinal flexibility and neck/back strength!
I tell you, it was only a few months ago that I had no idea what people were talking about when they said "tummy time." You sure do learn a lot in a short amount of time. And some days, you feel like a pro, but a lot of days you may feel like you know nothing, or at least that's how I've felt.
So mommies, have there been particular baby phases that you've loved more than others? Because for now, I am loving being out of that newborn phase (or, the 4th trimester as Dr. Karp calls it)! I'm also loving feeling a little more normal, though, if I'm being honest, I don't think I'm totally healed from pregnancy and delivery, but it's sooo much better than it was and I feel much more capable of dealing with it.