[Sumo baby]Audra also got a tiny bit easier in some ways this week, since she's starting to be able to entertain herself on her own for a remarkably long time, including once when she was happy playing around my feet as I worked in the kitchen for almost an hour. She is also doing a bit better in the evenings, still crying on the drive home but not as frequently, and taking a nap while on a walk with Ryan is helping us all have more family time together, since she's usually pretty content for a while after that and we're no longer immediately rushing to get her to bed before she melts down. Which is especially good, since she did not tolerate me sneaking out at all this week after she fell asleep (waking up screaming within minutes each time), so at least if she's going to bed later, then it's not so ridiculous for me to go to bed the same time as her (6:30pm - ridiculous, 8pm - not so much!).
One of the issues with Audra waking back up when I sneak out is she's quite quick at getting herself into trouble. She wakes up, realizes I'm not there, then almost immediately gets up to go find me - and it would be a tiny bit funny that she's so determined to find me that she doesn't even have her eyes all the way open yet as she's crawling around, except for the fact that she fell off the bed. Again. And this time, she somehow completely missed all the padding I had put on the floor and possibly landed on her head (at least it was only off the futon, which is lower than our bed, but still). So now there is a bed rail along the foot of the bed too, with the only remaining gap filled by a husband (the pillow, not Ryan). Speaking of Ryan, he helpfully pointed out that I have recreated a crib for her, only I'm now sleeping in it too. Yay.
So by going to bed so early, I've been able to stay pretty decently well-rested, despite all the wakeups each night. It definitely helps that I'm not already running on empty when we hit some rough nights like the last few, where she has either wanted to nurse the entire night, wakes immediately (every.single.time) when I try to shift so that I can sleep too, or wakes up upset (unusual for her) every hour or two and then is wide awake for a couple of hours overnight too. Silver linings for this week were the two nights in a row where she did a 3-4 hour stretch for one, and a 2-hour then 3-hour stretch for the other (which is not her normal pattern to do a longer stretch second). And, except for last night (which is when she was waking up upset), I've been in a pretty good place with her sleep, and I'm enjoying this "extra" time I get with her overnight. Ryan also got in some quality sleepy time with her this weekend, since she would only take her naps in the carrier, so he got in a few extra miles of walking each day while carrying around 20-some pounds of baby. :)
Audra has been doing well with solid foods. We haven't been too consistent yet with giving her food during the week (and won't ok her getting solids at daycare for a couple more months), so we have to work on doing better with that still, but she does get some opportunities on the weekends.... both when we offer or when she begs :) She's getting a lot more into her mouth now, and is working on her pincer grip so that she's able to pick up much smaller pieces of food. She also did great with sitting at the table with everyone for the first time at Ryan's parents' house, eating everything we put on her plate (mushrooms, beef, carrots, cucumbers), and even ate more than Josie ;)
[She appeared instantly when Ryan sat down, begging for some of his yogurt]