Well, I believe my mom was right (they almost always are, true?) She told me at the very beginning, " as soon as you think you have them figured out, they change." Just last week I was feeling so proud that after 4 months I finally had a grip on Claire's schedule and things seemed to be going so so well. This week she decided to change her schedule, or lack thereof. Her 45 minute morning naps have turned into 30 minutes or less (she is in her crib making noise right now while I'm hoping she falls back asleep.) Her eating schedule seems thrown off and it has us both frustrated and confused. I know now though to just take it day by day, sometimes hour by hour and to not expect the same things, good or bad, to happen every day.
She is so strong now. She can support herself so well on her stomach and she is remembering that she can roll back to her back after some time fussing on her stomach. She is doing a great job holding onto toys. It's crazy to think that just a few weeks ago she didn't even know that she could hold things on purpose. Her skinny little bottom even fits into size 2 diapers now. She still loves to kick like crazy. This morning her sleeper was completely undone on the bottom half and both of her legs were freed. The morning before I went in to get her up and both her sleeper and sleep sack were on backwards, with all limbs in the proper slots. I am perplexed by this. I almost wonder if Jon or I did it on our sleep.
As Claire is growing and changing we love her more each day, I can only imagine what this love will look like in time. Some days she is easier to love than others, but I guess that is how it goes with all of us.
We have had a lot going on with the holidays starting and Lauren's wedding. It has all been wonderful so far. We are here in Asheville for only a few more weeks until our move to Greenville then to Winston Salem. I have so many mixed feelings about all of it. It breaks my heart to think our home and life here will soon only be a memory to us.
Claire was finally able to meet my Aunt Merle and cousin Andrew!
Five month beauty
Family portrait at Thanksgiving. We were thankful for the sun in our faces.
ps: like Jon's shirt???
My dear and beautiful (inside and out!) friend Lauren on her wedding day.
Love the eyes here.