Tuesday, May 22, 2012

nom nom

I apologize for the lack of updates. Sleep has been scarce around here lately, and mama is spending her free time dozing in between rounds of ABC’s and let’s see how many cups we can stack.

I’m amazed at how little sleep a baby can get by on. They’re making so many developmental leaps at this age, I can’t understand how she’s not sleeping 22 hours a day! But alas, teething has hit the house full force, and I think we’re averaging about 8 hours a night right now (or should I say, she is, I’m getting more like 6). On days that I’m very, very lucky she’ll have about 2.5 hours worth of naps, but most days it’s 2-3 20 minute naps and she’s up and raring to go again! Much sooner than I’m ready anyways!

But, it’s worth it. She’s learning so many new things right now, that I think her brain is just too busy to go to sleep! She wakes up crying in the middle of the night, and I go in and find her rocking back and forth on her hands and knees, willing herself to go forward. Sometimes she does, but it’s usually the propulsion of her head into the bars of her crib. Ouch!

Aside from getting up to hands and knees, and working on her two bottom teeth, Tenley has also starting experimenting with food. We’re focusing on Baby-Led Solids with her, which is a fancy way of saying we’re skipping purees and going straight to ‘real’ food. We watch for signs of readiness, and she’s slowly starting to gnaw on foods that she can’t swallow (big fan of carrots, apples and rhubarb), and also some smaller pieces on her tray that she can pick up and eat (pancake, egg yolks and potato). She’s still at the stage where sucking on the big pieces, and attempting to get the small ones into her mouth are occupying her, and she’s not so impressed when one does manage to slip past her lips and tries to go down her throat. But- it’s all a learning experience. And allowing her to feed herself and put only the pieces that she’s able to get to her mouth, into her mouth, decreases the chances of choking, as she’s the one in control.