It's been a little over a month since my last Naia update and things have changed considerably. She has changed from an infant to a round-faced, chubby, smiley baby. In some ways she looks a lot like Jack did when he was that age but she is her own person for sure. Although she is a good size I don't think she is off the charts like Jack was. She smiles all the time and has this belly laugh that is contagious. She loves her brother and he can always get a laugh from her. She has great head control now and is really trying hard to roll over but hasn't quite mastered it yet. She has figured out how to grab the musical frog on her bouncy seat and can make it play over and over.
She is now sleeping in her crib most of the time but she picked up a cold at daycare so she has been in her swing when her nose is too stuffed up and she needs to be more upright. She no longer eats during the night but we usually have to go in a settle her at least once. Mostly that just means putting the binky back in her mouth. She is still swaddled and hasn't tried fighting it at all so we are keeping her that way for now. I know Jack was out of the swaddle at this point but I just don't think she is ready yet. Besides, I am really not interested in messing with her sleep right now. We put her down for the night around 7, top her off around 9 without really waking her up or unswaddling and then she is good until anywhere from 6 to 8am. A lot of days I actually have to wake her up so we can get to daycare. Jack was always an early riser and would be up at 5am at that age. He still doesn't sleep much past 6:30. I realize that she is now a great sleeper and I honestly never thought she would be doing this well so soon.
It really amazes me how much happier she is these days. She is still on the special formula and I haven't had any desire to change that. It is expensive but totally worth it. Things almost seem back to normal around here.
So normal in fact that I got back in the pool this past weekend. I went to Master's practice for the first time in 6 months. I managed to get my own lane so I was able to go at my own pace. I managed 2500 meters and was pleased. I have also been running more and have started running before work again with Otto. We have a new gym at work and I have done a few classes there including some kettlebell and TRX classes which I have really enjoyed. The baby weight is coming off at a pretty consistent pace. I have 10 more pounds to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight but more like 12-14 pounds to go to get to where I would like to be. Hopefully it will keep coming off at the current rate. I have lost about 7 since I have been back at work so I am encouraged. Heck, I am only 4 months out and it took 9 months to put it on.
Jack is doing well with all of the changes. He definitely gets a little jealous sometimes and has been requesting more "mom time" lately but in general he is a big help. He did a soccer skills clinic for a few weeks and seemed to really enjoy it. He has asked to try basketball next and has been wondering when swim lessons will start. He has started a Pre K curriculum through daycare and is doing pretty well with it. He loves reading and is doing well with his letters and numbers.
This post is already far longer than I expected but I guess that is what happens when I do this only once a month or so. I'll leave you all with a few recent pictures.