My first time at the plate in the raising-a-baby game was so much different. So much of it was a blur and I blame that on the fact that I had two babies in two years so between being pregnant, delivering, and nurturing newborns I was in the thick of it for 3 straight years. I don't remember it being difficult but then again, I don't remember being able to revel in every little moment.
I am sure you can imagine how much fun I am having focusing on one baby at a time with Cici. She is doing so well since we've been home. Every day, and I mean every single day, we see a new side of her. We see her open up and become more comfortable with her new family and her surroundings. From day one she was a fantastic sleeper but during the day when she was not napping, she really wanted to be held ALL.THE.TIME. Oh and part of the requirements of being held were that you were moving. Forget about sitting down. Not allowed. Once we got home, we started off the first few days with those rules. We also had to add in the handicap of jet lag, a massive hurricane, and older kids starting school. so that was wicked fun. But after about 7-8 days that particular version of fun was over and we really started to feel like she was finding her groove here.
She no longer screams at us when we use a 3 or a 5 point harness. I swear she was tossing out obscenities in very high decibels that first week when we put her in the highchair, stroller or car seat. We can now put her down on the floor to happily play with her new toys or to crawl like mad around the house. She never even flinched at the dog. She will push him out of the way when she needs to and is never phased when he is looming over her with great curiosity. She is also eating pretty well considering when she came to us it was clear she had never been given anything but liquids. Anything solid was completely rejected. It seemed to be a textural thing- you could just tell the food was uncomfortable in her mouth. But now we are exploring new things with some success. She loves her cheerios and is finding some love for noodles. She DOES NOT like forks though so we've been using chop sticks. It is very cute!
Every day we are having more and more fun together. I can't get enough of her. And as much as I would love to be showing you pictures of how cute her smile is or how long her hair is getting. I am either spending too much time playing to pick up the camera or she's moving too fast and all I can capture is this...