As I was laying there in the dark I was reflecting on how much Pip is growing. She is fourteen months now and she is changing so much. I was thinking about my experience with all my babies, and how she is probably my quirkiest one yet!
Everyone wants to have an easy baby, one that eats and sleeps well -nothing wrong with that. I desperately wanted that. My oldest was quite an education on what babies could be - and it wasn't on the "easy" spectrum, at all!
|Well generally not outside... ;0)|
She of course had her whiny and very intense teething months
(she cut eleven teeth in the two months after Freindly was born- I think I've blocked that time out), but in general? She was just the sweetest easiest "go with the flow" toddler.
|2.5 yo first night in big girl bed|
|passed out after her fussy stretch- 10 weeks old|
She breastfed like a champion and loved to space out her feeds - she wasn't a "snacker", at all. It wasn't until she started solids that her sleep fell apart and remained HORRIBLE until she was nearly three years old. Once we addressed her issues with gluten and dairy she started sleeping through the night peacefully. Whoa!
I won't go into her toddler years, "beyond intense" doesn't really sum it up. To quote my children, Food allergies "are a BAD WORD."
|Friendly 26mos- there was a lot of sweetness too!|
And then Pip, she arrived 29months after her big sister...
She was the quirkiest little thing...
Her hatred of being worn her first six months- HATED it. I have 2 pictures of her being worn, and she woke up SCREAMING to get out a few minutes after I snapped the picture...
Oh she also LOVED to be held in the cradle hold. LOVED it. It was her go-to "all is right with the world" position. Especially if it was kind of like this:
I was curled up in bed with her this morning reflecting on the past few months, it dawned on me- she has been my biggest challenge when it comes to babyhood. She even outshines her oldest sister who - at the time- I thought was the worst sleeper the world had ever seen. The past few months Pip has been waking three to four times in an hour from midnight until six in the morning. It has been a nightmare. Her behavior at night reminded me a ton of how Friendly acted after eating dairy or gluten. But I was already DF and GF- what more did I need to do?!
While she never slept like Friendly with long stretches, she was a snuggler, and we'd snuggled our ways through the nights. We barely woke for night feedings- it was fantastic! Then The Super Super Bad Sleep started around 8months old (right around when she started solids). We were having night after night of just -very little sleep. A lot of middle of the night screaming and crying and restlessness.
Yes, Pip didn't go through a colicky stage as a newborn, but she was our little night owl. Every night from the day she was born we were up with our little third wheel until 11 or 12 most nights of the week. No matter how I adjusted her naps I couldn't get her to go to bed earlier. Hubby and I set our teeth, committed the time to parenting her through this, and pushed through. We were very tired.
She was a happy little third wheel!! Motoring all around, getting into all things. Until she hit a wall, fussed for a few minutes with Daddy, and I was FINALLY able to nurse her down, day in and day out.
I noticed in November she started getting terrible diaper rashes whenever she had corn. I eliminated corn from her diet and carefully gaurded her from getting any.
Her sleep improved a tiiiny bit. She was no longer staying up until midnight or later- only until 11ish. We muscled through the winter, but she still had nasty exzema and I figured it was time to do some thing about it. So about a month ago, I bit the bullet and cut out corn from my diet.
I have been having a total "facepalm" experience here, she is sleeping! She is going to bed before 9 (usually around 7:45-8p.m.!!!!!!) and sleeping with just a couple of wake ups for some milk or a a hug and going back to sleep! My sweet baby is sleeping! Over the weekend she had a few five hour stretches. Yes, I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
The past two weeks Hubby and I have been enjoying child-free time (that we didn't snitch in the middle of the night after getting Pip down) for the first time in fourteen months. It was a very long year. And while I wish I had known there was a sort of "magic bullet" I don't regret the special time we got with our youngest. I don't regret the hours we spent passing her back and forth when she got cranky... The hours snuggling and enjoying and investing in her. It was worth it.
Yes, food allergies are a BAD WORD. But with out them we wouldn't have gotten this past year... A year of hours of one on one time with our intense, bright, and seriously smart little baby.
Yesterday we were having to steal our hours of snuggling our Pip during the DAY...She still loves to snuggle and snuggle...
|Scuse my "I have a cold" face...|