Abby & Max: Differences.
There have been so many things I want to blog about I don’t even know where to begin! For now let’s talk babies.
Today Abby is 12 weeks! Can you believe it! She is such a delight and full of surprises- like just now I looked over at her because her jungle play mat had gone quiet, only to see that she’d fallen asleep! Right there on the floor. So unbelievably cute.
Last night she only woke up once to eat and then slept in until 7:30. She’s done remarkably well at night time- we’ve only had one night so far where she was awake into the wee hours. She generally wakes up one or two times a night, eats for 15 minutes and goes right back to sleep. It’s great.
She is such a different baby than Max was. She is most definitely easier. I am able to leave her by herself and often do. She loves her swing and her play mat. She’ll lay on the change table or bassinet or ottoman all day if I wanted her to (that might be a bit of an exaggeration, haha). She can fall asleep on her own, but usually only in the swing or bouncer, and we’re already following the eat, play, sleep schedule, where with Max, it was eat, sleep, play. She’s able to self-sooth and if she does get too worked up, it’s easy to bring her back down.
I do worry that I put her down too much. I mean, I held Max every second of every day. He took every nap in my arms. But he is awfully attached to me and maybe that’s why.
I just went back and read this post, about Max being a difficult baby. And boy was he ever. And it’s so funny because he’s so fun and light-hearted now. But I don’t think I would change how I cared for him as an infant. He was my first born and I had nothing to do but dote on him all day long. I could afford to just stare at him for hours. Now, with Abby, I’ve got a 2-year-old who is constantly needing my attention, and it wouldn’t be fair to just sit on the couch and coo at Abby all day long. And besides, she likes being on her own and will occasionally start fussing if you’ve held her too long.
Abby has gotten sick a lot more already than Max ever did in his first year of life. Max was one healthy baby. Abby’s already had a cold, RSV, and she seems to have a persistent stuffy nose at night, making it hard for her to breath. But maybe that’s what happens when you have an older brother who goes out into the world and brings germs back home for you. Or maybe it’s because she was born in cold/flu season. Or maybe she’s just unlucky. Whatever the reason, it definitely sucks. Poor thing. But she’s healthy right now, knock on wood!
I’m kind of embarrassed that I don’t have more photos to include in this post. The truth is, we just don’t pick up the camera nearly as much as we did with Max. But that’s a post for another day!