Dana is changing daily in her appearance and her sleep patterns. I understand why her appearance changes. She is nursing well and her arms, legs and, especially, her cheeks are filling out. There is just no pattern to her sleeping. I can’t get her on a schedule because each day is different. She wakes, naps, eats at different times each day. The other night she slept from 8:45 to 5:45 and I was so excited. I thought for sure that Dana was going to be sleeping through the night from now on. Wrong! She barely took a nap the next day and did not go to sleep till 10:30 and was up again at 1 a.m. She still has to be rocked to sleep and even though Dana appears to be asleep she really is not. What happens is that I think she is asleep, I put her in her crib and just as her body touches the mattress, her eyes open. Then Dana looks at me in horror and starts to cry. So I pick her up and rock some more. Sometimes I start rocking myself to sleep!
Aside from her crazy sleep patterns, she is still happy even when she doesn’t nap. She is talking tons and cooing and making funny noises. She has found her voice. She really wants to sit up and tries with her might to pull herself up. She is doing well with her tummy time and doesn’t mind it for short periods. Dana is so much fun. My mom and dad love coming into NYC to play with her and have helped me out when I just can’t schlep her places with Marlee and Bradley. Everyone is enjoying Dana. I wish I could just bottle her up and keep her at three months old. Every stage of a baby is the best. I just wish I could slow things down a bit.