I cannot believe that Baby M is already 8 weeks old! I feel like these two months have really zoomed by, but that may be a bit of the Groundhog Day effect. Each day seems like it may never end, but when you add them all together, boom! There go two months!
In this time, we have tried to get to know our baby. I'm sure any parents out there know, in these first months this is a futile endeavor. First of all, newborns tend to have very little personality other than hungry, sleepy, and mean (aka cranky). Secondly, when they do start to develop what one may call "traits" or "habits", they change so quickly that there is no sense in getting used to them. They will just break your heart (goodbye, napping for hours in the swing. We miss you.)
I am currently trying to get this nap situation under control. In the beginning Baby M was often cranky, and we attributed every outburst to gas, cramps, etc. I stopped drinking coffee, orange juice, cut out dairy, all in an effort to appease her suffering. But I'm starting to think that we were getting the wrong message from her - I don't think we were making her sleep enough. So far we have been extremely lucky and M sleeps through the night. Yes, she has her exceptional, awful, wailing into the wee hours nights, but for the most part we get a solid 6-8 hours, and I feel so lucky for it. (actually I feel like she senses if she doesn't allow me a proper dose of reloading, I may drop her or put her in the dryer by mistake). But daytime was a whole other beast.
So I've been really making an effort. I am trying to create a nap routine to help her wind down and be able to know it's time for resting. We were doing a bedtime routine, why didn't we clue in that she would need this in the day too? And you know what? This week I have seen a huge difference. During her awake times she is a far happier baby then before, and her naps for the most part are lasting longer. I am learning her cues and trying to be prompt reacting to them, and I'm starting to learn her likes and dislikes. For example, she loves to be cozied up in a fleecy blanket, but it's also important she be swaddled tightly because she still hits herself in the face sometimes and scares herself awake.
I'm hoping this week will bring more progress, and more happy baby time. But I also know that she'll most likely switch up her preferences about 100 times before we get it, and that terrifies me.