You're going to have to forgive Mommy, little one, for not taking careful notes over the past couple of months. I blame it on the morning sickness, to be honest. Know that, although there are few details here, these were most joyful days spent with you.
- You are beginning to regularly say please ("knee") and "tank-you". It makes me so happy each and every time you say those things.
- Food has become less interesting to you, especially at meal times. We snack a fair amount during the day (again, a result of my pregnancy) but meals just seem to bore you. It's tricky to know what foods are appealing to you from one day to the next. You seem perfectly healthy and hardly nutritionally-deprived...you just eat when you're in the mood, and rarely as much as it seems you'd need or want to.
- You are quite easy to understand these days and it's such fun conversing together.
- When someone knows what you're trying to say and repeats it back to you, you often say "Yeah. Riiiiight." As in, "thanks for figuring it out. That's exactly what I was talking about!"
- "Oh, yeah!" is your frequent response if we've suggested doing something or eating something that sounds appealing to you.
- We've started cuddling in the chair and Mommy sings a lullaby to you after you nurse and before you go to bed. It's my absolute favorite time of the day.
- We finally have a clear nap schedule. After an 11:30 a.m.-noon-ish lunch, we watch a bit of Daniel Tiger and then around 12:30 p.m., we take a nap. You lay in your crib, and Mommy lays on the floor, often rubbing your back as you fall asleep. It's not ideal, but Mommy has really benefited during the first trimester of pregnancy from having a daily nap...and if napping on the floor next to you buys that time, it's worth it. You've been regularly napping between 2 and 3 hours each afternoon.
- Our nighttime sleep, however, hasn't been so pleasant. It seems you're going through another period of separation anxiety and you want Mommy close-by. I sleep on the floor a fair amount at nighttime, too. The nap time habit probably hasn't helped matters, but again, these days we're doing what we have to do to function. This too shall pass.
- You have foam letters in the bathtub that you love to play with. Daddy talks about the letters with you during bath time and you have picked up on them so very fast. You know at least 20 of the 26 capital letters. Amazing.
- After your bath, we put on your hooded bath towel...your "cape". Then, you want Daddy to "rock you like a baby", and he does. Then, each night, he walks down the hall with you in his arms, takes you to look at the living room clock at which point you say that you are "late". Daddy then sings "we're late, we're late, for a very important date!" as you come back to your room for pajamas. It's just one of those random routines that somehow came into play, but you love it and it's what we do!
Your smile, your laugh, your happy spirit...all bring such joy.
Thank you for being you, Emerson. I love you!