Meanwhile L and I are trying keep up with our normal routine of playgroups, swimming and the gym. She only has two more swim classes before she graduates and it feels SO weird because she's been going since she was 7 weeks. I'm more and more aware of how time is just flying by.
Food: L is not as into nursing during the day, especially if she's on the verge of overstimulation. She pulls back with this dramatic suck noise and it does not feel good. However when she's tired and hungry she will totally curl into me, I'm talking feet up on my body, often clutching my finger/hand/arm. I feel like these baby snuggle days may be limited so I take full advantage, stroking her hair and sometimes singing softly while she nurses.
She is doing so well with her solid food. I really want to try Baby Led Weaning after we get over to Germany but I admit I'm spoiled by the ease of purées. And by ease I mean ease of mind because I'm not worried about her choking. R is making a lot of her purées and he is so cute with all the thought and effort he puts into it. We have yet (knock wood) to come across a food she straight up refuses although she really does enjoy her oatmeal without something mixed in. It doesn't matter if I mix some fruit or a veggie, she happily eats it as long as it is not plain. We are also working on small sippy cups, with one of them she has no idea how to get the water out and the other she has figured out the spout and happily sucks on it, though she gets very little from it. The ped said no more than two oz of water a day and I doubt she does one. One of the moms in our playgroup suggested a straw cup that her daughter loves but for now I think I'm going to stick to what we have. I also got ambitious one afternoon and made teething biscuits - when she "bit" off a hunk I totally freaked out and then shoved the rest in one of her mesh feeders. As I said, so nervous about the whole choking/gagging aspect of food.
Sleep: let's just not go there. It's a mess. She seems to have transitioned recently from three naps to two but this could be because of all the chaos going on. My mommy group friends say their little ones are also down to two naps, so who knows. She's been waking around 6 all week which is so rare for her and it takes both me and R to get her back down. Even then it takes 20-30 minutes but then she sleeps until her normal 8-9.
Play: My little bug is so active now. She still loves her play gym and jumperoo. She outgrew her Bumbo weeks ago. She is enjoying any toy that rolls and stuff that makes music. I'm holding on to a few toys so that on our flight she has some new stuff to keep her attention. The only bad thing I notice with her playing is that she bangs her face with the toys she is holding. Apparently it is somewhat common but that doesn't mean I like it. She's also very vocal now and while I know that her saying mamamamamamama doesn't mean anything because she's exploring sound my heart melts a little every time she does it. Most of her sounds are vowels but we have some Babababababa mixed in with her exploration of M. I've been signing with her for quite a while but she is not yet signing back.
As for me I gained back the weight I lost because between vacation and moving I haven't been too good about the gym and healthy eating. Sigh. I feel doomed to stay at this weight forever but instead of completely giving up I am trying to keep up with my food log and doing even little walks since it's better than nothing.