Jul 15, 2011  •  In Aerin, Baby, Claire, Motherhood, Personal, Pregnancy

Approaching Toddlerhood, and 24 Weeks

Remember how I said that we were working on transitioning Claire from 3 naps down to 2?

She continued to hover back and forth between 2 and 3 naps for over a month. But in the end, it took a traumatic visit to the pediatrician’s office to officially push her over to the 2 nap schedule.

The lengths of her naps are still inconsistent, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Her nighttime sleep has still yet to return to her pre-teething days and so she will wake up at least once per night more often than sleep all the way through. But now that she is able to stay awake for up to 3 and a half hours without going batsh*t crazy on us…our little girl is starting to become quite fun!

Since my laptop is still dead AND my phone is on the fritz,
uploading new pictures has become quite a chore. You’ll have to
make do with this cute picture of a ticklish koala for now.

We are now able to take her on short excursions without worrying too much about whether her sleep schedule will get ruined. And if she is in a good mood, she will wave “hi” and “bye” to even strangers, as evidenced by a trip to the store this week where she charmed everyone on the checkout line by waving to them.

(Her waving has become quite good now — before, she would only do it if one of us waved first. Now, she understands the words “hi” and “bye” and will wave when she hears those words.)

Don’t get me wrong. She still has her bad moments where she will just push me over the edge and reduce me to a blubbering pile of tears. But it’s like I have always suspected — I’m just not the type of person to like the early infant months that much. Having a learning, responding, interactive child is sooooo much more fun. And while J admits that even he misses her tiny baby months sometimes, I don’t miss them at all…and look forward to the upcoming years with great anticipation.

I am not looking forward to going through this all over again when BebeDeux arrives. But I remind myself that just as I am loving Claire more with each day, it will be so with BebeDeux too. And that a couple of years of hardship isn’t that long compared to the scheme of things.

Speaking of BebeDeux…

I have hit a milestone this week by reaching 24 weeks. This means that if something were to go wrong, or if I were to go into premature labor, hospitals are required by law to try to do everything in their power to keep BebeDeux alive. And while a baby born this early will most likely have complications, he/she has a good chance of survival.

Before reaching 24 weeks (in some states it is 23 weeks), hospitals have the right to refuse treatment.

I would show you a current belly picture, but my technical issues are thwarting my plans. J tells me that my stomach looks exactly the same as it did when I was pregnant with Claire, so here is the picture of my “24 weeks pregnant” picture from last year:

 I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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