12.08.08 :: 8:09 am
What a whirlwind month it’s been. From your weaning off the boob to you going to sleep like a Big Boy, we’ve been busy and tired and most of all happy.
So, one day this month your dad and I decided to sleep train you. You’d been so discombobulated from the move and no amount of swaddling or rocking or walking or bouncing would soothe your restless, bitter soul so we bit the bullet. We said, “It cannot possibly get any worse for any of us,” and with that we stopped everything cold turkey.
One night I just put you in jammies, turned on your white noise, placed you in your crib, tucked you in, gave you your stuffed giraffe, kissed your forehead and said “Goodnight, Oliver.”
And then we waited outside your door. You know, to hear your inevitable howling that would send the neighbors into a panic. The first few minutes alone in there you must have been confused. We had eliminated all the nighttime fussy rituals and accoutrements! So weird! Had we forgotten? What was wrong with us? After the initial shock wore off, you whined. We braced ourselves for the worst.
And when you woke up the next morning, you were all smiles like you knew we had all tasted sweet, sweet victory!
Little Tater, we have not looked back from that moment on.
Also this month, you were weaned.
This turn of events has also led you to your first taste of solid food! Admittedly, rice cereal is pretty blah and I don’t blame you for looking at me sideways when I come at you with it, but once we were certain you could handle it and you weren’t allergic… bring on the good stuff!
Frankly, I cannot believe the little tater bundle that was so small and fragile is this Very Big Boy eating from a spoon! Eating Big Boy foods! From a UTENSIL! You’re amazing, and you know it.
You’ve started laughing hysterically at things, too. Especially when Dad hits himself in the face with your fuzzy blocks. Last night I thought for sure you were going to have a heart attack you were cracking up so hard. You were crying from laughing!
You’re such a fantastic Big Boy now that we’re actually leaving you in the care of your Grandma for your first overnight visit!
This week, we’re going to meet up with another Brooklyn Mommy and her little girl and maybe you will enjoy the presence of another baby! Who knows! The possibilities are endless now that you are becoming more aware and curious.
It’s also the holidays, which I can usually ignore, but there’s something about being away from New York for so long that when you’re back during is time, it’s kind of magical.
Wait till you see the snow, kiddo.
We’re even going to start attending Baby Story Time at the Library! Crikey, what’s next? A world cruise? Trapeze lessons? The world is our oyster!
I’m just having so much fun with you right now; you’re the perfect companion. We take walks together, and you coo and ahh at everything you see from your seat in the stroller and people smile at you and you smile back and every single day you’re a whole new and exciting little person and every single day you explode my heart.
You explode my heart.