4 month milestones:
- Last Friday, AJ went to her first Celtic music concert! I love traditional music, and of course I've been playing many varieties for AJ on her iPod since she was born. We saw Lunasa from Ireland. AJ did great! She sat in our laps, then fell asleep(!) during the first set. Intermission, had a snack. For the second set, I put her in the mei tai carrier and danced her around. She loved it! I don't like sitting down anyway so she was a great excuse to spend the evening on my feet. We didn't have high expectations going in; I figured if we made it to the intermission I would be happy! but we all had a great evening with a wonderful band.
- AJ smiles at almost everyone. She hasn't shown any fear of strangers yet. I wonder if she even likes them better sometimes; for example we take her out to a restaurant she gives the waitress a big smile but not me hahahaha. She also seems to enjoy crowded, noisy places. She will look around with interest, or fall asleep without a care in the world. I know she's still very little, but if her personality continues to develop this way I think we might have an extrovert baby.
- Accomplishments: sucking her thumb (she can soothe herself this way), rolling onto her side from her back, becoming more deliberate in her attempts to get and maintain attention. Putting her hands together, and recently, putting her feet together. Reaching and grabbing with more intent and success. Trying to grab her feet now too. Supporting and moving her head with more confidence. She's almost laughing: it still sounds a bit breathy but she's adding syllables.
- Likes: thumb and finger sucking, playing in her rain forest play gym, grabbing and batting at things, being carried over the shoulder, music and movement. She is also liking being in a sitting position more. Experimenting with sounds. Shrieking and gurgling are favourites right now.
- Dislikes: having to wait for things. Red lights in the car. Tummy time (still). As her strength increases she occasionally tries harder to move around during tummy time, but often she will just lie there apathetically, like she's not sure WTF is going on. She can sorta lift her head, but she seems to think it's not worth the effort. Waking up from naps. Sometimes she wakes up happy, sometimes grumpy and honestly I have no idea why one or the other.
- AJ still sleeps through the night, between 4 and 7 hour stretches. Based on what I read about other babies, I keep expecting her to start having trouble sleeping, but so far she's fine. She still goes to bed between 10 and 11 o'clock I guess because we are weird night owl parents. Recently she has been fighting naps however. We never exactly had a schedule, but for a few weeks she was pretty predictable: about 3 naps a day at around 11, 2 and 5, and sometimes in the evening. Now I'm not so sure....it can be a long day when she is tired and doesn't want to sleep! Maybe I need to wake her up earlier....but then I have to wake up earlier too lol.
March 1st is also the day when I let myself start thinking about spring. I live in a part of the world where winter can stretch out from September till May, though we do get breaks in the form of warm spells called chinooks. (During a chinook the temperature can rise as much as twenty degrees in a few hours, and people flock outdoors, some tramping through the melting snow in their shorts and flip-flops. Less positively, many people get awful headaches and mood swings.) This winter was very mild, so I can't complain much. Still, it's not really spring when you know that tomorrow can be -25C and snowing. So until we're past February, I try to avoid even considering the possibility of spring renewal.
March can be be frostbitten and stormy, but it's also the month where the season starts to turn toward spring. I love spring. Even - perhaps especially - the early, chilly weeks of spring when it's too cold for buds on the trees and the landscape is brown, not green. There's something invigorating in the smell of puddles and mud and melt-off, and there is birdsong everywhere.
This year I feel especially privileged to share spring with AJ. It snowed a few days after her birth, so although we've been outside often during the warmer times, she is a winter baby. How fun it will be to share the sights, sounds and smells of spring with her.
One of my friends gave AJ a book of nursery rhymes, and this one, entitled "Answer to a Child's Question" describes the essence of how I feel about spring. (The birds of course are European birds: I feel like I should do a rewrite mentioning the magpie, crow, chickadee and grey jay as well as the robin!) Is anyone else looking forward to spring, or something else in the next few months?
Do you ask what the birds say? The robin, the dove
The linnet and thrush say: "I love and I love!"
In winter they are silent - the wind is so strong
What it says I don't know, but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
And singing and loving - all come back together.
But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings and he sings, and forever sings he:
"I love my love, and my love loves me."
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