I am two weeks from my maternity leave ending and five days from Cora turning 4 months old. Ask me what I’m going to do for work in two weeks and I will give you a long-winded answer that I will have to blog about later. It is weird how sometimes God will put opportunities in front of you and you can’t help but wonder. If you’ll remember, at one point I was going to stay at home and not go back to work at all. That has changed. Just like everything has changed, but in a good way.
So here we are, out of the newborn phase and fully in the infant stage. At 3.5 months old, while the Super Bowl was on, Cora decided to steal the spot light and roll on over. Everyone jumped from their seats to see her do it again and all I could think was “Uh, Oh!” I knew this was coming. A roller meant I had to quit swaddling her. Lord, help me. She is a swaddle lover and I know that goes hand in hand with how great of a sleeper she has been since day one. I thought maybe I could get a bit of time out of her still being new to the rolling business. Wrong again. A few nights later I watched her gain leverage in her pack and play to tip herself right over, while swaddled. She slept like a rock. I always figured she would be a tummy sleeper and here she was, happily swaddled on her tummy. I think she had been dreaming about this moment since she was born.
Then I had to ruin her dream.
She has been in a Halo Sleepsack so we did what was supposed to be the next step and velcroed her around the tummy, arms free. And then everything went to hell. She wakes up looking for her binky, waving her arms around like she is landing a large aircraft in our room. It now feels like we are up 200 times a night while she lies there conducting her orchestra, not crying, but annoyed. She thankfully never really cries at night, just talks to me until I get up. Either way we are both lacking in the sleep department.
Frantically I searched the internet for a transition solution. I ordered the Zipadee-Zip in the middle of the night and I’m not so patiently waiting for it to show up any day now. Sidenote, what did our own parents do before smartphones in the middle of the night? I’ll let you know if this is a ground breaking solution or not for us.
We also decided to pull out the high chair for Cora and put it up to the kitchen table as she has always loved sitting up. Talk about life changing. We can all sit back down at the kitchen table and eat like normal humans with her joining us. She seems to love the change of pace and scenery. I appreciate the hands free eating as she is normally clingy in the evenings.
We are moving right along over here in our new normal. We have our up days and our down days but we also have wine, friends and laughter to get us through it all. For that, I am truly grateful.