Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mid-morning thoughts (week 11)

11 days.  This is the longest stretch of being at our house we've had since Miles was born! Crazy huh? His first nine weeks were spent making trips 4 trips to and from Missouri. I wouldn't have traded these trips for anything, Miles got to meet so many of his family members and friends that aren't here in Oklahoma.  Trevor and I also love the support and fun we get to have while we are in Missouri.  We got to fish, go shopping, even nap while our parents watched Miles. 

Since being here for nearly two weeks, Trevor has been doing his Pharmacy rotation which takes him from 7:30-4:30 daily.  He also works on Saturdays from 10am-9pm so it's mostly Miles and I (and Samson and Ezra) during the day.  Between Trevor being gone with our only car, and breastfeeding exclusively we've really slowed down the last 11 days.

Having a forced slow down has caused a little bit of a change in my parenting.  While I used to be a 'lay him down for every nap and get stuff done parent', I've found myself realizing that this may be the only baby I can hold for naps.  Assuming we have more children, the next babies will always have to have their needs balanced with their older siblings.

I've also got to see Miles' natural napping patterns.  He is a morning and mid-morning napper.  He wakes up around 6:30-7:30 every morning and eats. He goes back to sleep until around 9:30-10 and then eats and naps some more. He wakes up around noon and wants to eat again.  He sleeps until 2 pm and then is up for the afternoon. He will stay awake until 8-10 pm  when he goes down for the night.
He is growing up quickly these days. He has started being really interested in toys and his surroundings.  A lot of his awake time is spent playing with me or by himself.
He stares at the hanging toys and then slowly and deliberately reaches for them.
He's started gripping toys and reaching for my phone
He's so alert and has even decided he thinks he likes the pups. Who surprisingly, give him his own space most of the time. 
Every day he seems to learn something new. Exciting times!

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