I remember when you used to lie on your playmat or in your playseat for what was enough time for me to shower, get dressed, put on my makeup, eat breakfast, and even do some work. I remember when we used to put you in your cot, and without much fuss or fanfare, you used to fall asleep, and not resist it in the first place.
I remember fondly when you were content to chill without having someone to look at, or rather within 50cm of you.
I should have remembered that babies progress, their senses heighten, they become needy of us in different ways. And while you’re way way way off from become a “difficult baby”, your needs have changed and you prefer people to your playmat, sussing things out to sleeping, and being awake to being asleep during the day.
It’s like an overnight switch was ignited, and you decided to be in arms, on back, close to people, watching, being more involved, and not missing out. Right now you’re like me at a beauty sale or cool makeup launch – you don’t want to be left out, you don’t want to miss it, you’ll cry (I’ll just sulk) if you’re not involved.
I’m not complaining (please don’t run to the therapist when you read this)… it shows your curiosity, it shows you’re developing, and hopefully it shows you’re communicating, and we’re listening (a start to a good relationship, no?).
We’re certainly on our toes more, but we’re getting to know you better and loving each new progression – from giggling out loud when I kiss your thighs and grabbing everything near you to eating your food with gusto, and babbling.
You have given us five months of happiness and learning, a little bit of lost sleep, and a lot of love.
May we continue to grow from you, and with you…
PPS: You got your first Valentine’s Day card, from your brother, who decided to give the greeting he made in class to you.
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