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Neglected Nova At 17 Months

22 Dec

My bad Mommy moment is that I put off taking Nova’s 16 month photo until it was too late and she had almost cleared 17 months already. Fortunately, I picked up my socks and she will hopefully only have one small blip in an otherwise pretty good track record. One missed photo in 24 months, given my propensity for quitting and procrastinating, is pretty good. 😉

In spite of her Mom being more distracted than usual, Nova is nothing short of her sweet, charming self. At 17 months her tantrums are becoming more focused and less intense. Her communication skills improve on a daily basis and her sign language has come leaps and bounds in the last two months, luckily for us. She is showing a LOT of interest in the bathroom/toilet so Adventures in Potty Training might begin sooner rather than later.

She’s very active and loves to climb but hasn’t really shown an interest in climbing out of her crib so although we were toying with the idea of transitioning to a “big girl bed” we’ll hold off for as long as she is content to be confined to a small square footage in the mornings/evenings.

Her bedtime routine is basically the best part of my day.

Nova isn’t much of a cuddler. She’ll drive by for a quick kiss or hug but mostly interrupting her playtime for affection is met with a swift backhand and some sort of grunt or scream to convey her utmost displeasure at your presumption that she might love physical contact with you more than stacking her blocks or playing with her new Superfriends (shout out to Auntie Janet and Uncle Ross). BUT…at bed time all bets are off.

We let her run and splash and have a ball in the bath, then she sits quietly reading a book or snuggling a stuffed animal while we brush her hair and teeth, then it’s time to hang out in the rocking chair with a blanket and another book. Typically this time can last anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes, depending on how hard up for a serious cuddle I am, but it’s always immensely enjoyable. It’s also very sweet to see how much she responds to the routine. We go into her room and she points at the Twilight Turtle so that we are sure to turn it on, then it’s time to point at the white noise machine because it wouldn’t be bedtime without the sound of crickets next to a babbling brook.

Gosh I love her.

How is she adjusting? VERY well. This kid was made to be a big sister the way that I feel made to be a Mom. She brings us diapers and throws the old ones away, she helps wipe Lux’s face when she has milky dribbles, she gives her sister a hug and kiss good morning and good night every single day, she asks to come up on the couch or bed and then sits sweetly next to our new babe just looking at her and gently touching her face or hands, occasionally she’ll position Baby Lux’s hands so that they are receptive to high fives. It is pretty amazing to watch. I can’t wait until they are old enough to run and play together. So far so good. 🙂

I was nervous about spending less time with Nova or being too busy to recognize all the ways she is still growing and changing right before our very eyes but I’m extremely pleased to find that so far it’s been relatively easy. Lux, like her big sister before her, is a dynamo sleeper so our days are still reserved largely for playing with Nova and our nights are dedicated to rocking, shushing, and placating Lux. I know this won’t always be the case, and despite my extreme exhaustion, it’s working so far and I can’t complain about THAT particular arrangement.

Next foreseeable challenge…managing a 2 year old and a 6 month old who is desperate to become mobile.


Actual 3 Month Photos

21 Sep

While we are still waiting on her to roll over she is definitely developing quite the little personality. Her likes and dislikes are VERY apparent. (Likes: milk, sleep, a clean diaper, to be held facing outwards rather than facing someone’s chest or face, quiet, going for walks, beards, birds and rattles. Dislikes: when Mom drinks cow’s milk, loud noises, being vaccinated, long car rides, when her Mama is away for too long (i.e. 15 minutes or more), a lot of people trying to look at her all at once, new places (but only at first.))

It’s really interesting seeing what sorts of things she gravitates towards and what sorts of things she DOESN’T. And we are really enjoying the “putting anything she can grab into her mouth” stage.

Without further ado, I know you’re only here for the photos.