Leap 7 continues to strike fear in our hearts. Ok, tad dramatic, but Leap 7 continues to keep life shall we say interesting at our house.
On Friday, my friend Amy brought her kids over to play with Isabella and A. As soon as Amy walked into the playroom Isabella melted ALL the way down. I guess she thought Amy had come to babysit:(. So she was totally clingy (despite playing JUST FINE before they got here) until she got up from her nap and they were gone.
Her beautiful 1.5-2 hours naps also appear to be a thing of the past. They have now been replaced with a one hour nap and a 40 minute nap. This is cool AS LONG AS she sleeps more at night. Which I guess she is if you add the 2 hours of cosleeping we do when she gets up between 3:30/4:45 to eat. After that she fidgets quietly for 30 minutes to an hour while I hold her in bed and then sleeps for another 1.5-2 hours so our new get up for the day is like 6:30/7pm. This would be even more amazing if she did it in her crib, but I am too chicken to try it yet.
Friday we met up with some women I worked with at my last school. Things sound like they are getting interesting over there and I may be getting more requests for references (I have gotten two so far). The Executive Director is going to be the downfall of that place and it sucks. That school (well the elementary school) was my first "baby". I created it from literally nothing. It gave me a distraction from the pain of IF. It was far from perfect, but it was a place where the needs of kids were put first and I was proud of that fact. It's a shame how one narcisist can have so much power and his band of merry men and women (the secondary principal and board) can be so complicit.
Saturday we met my brother for lunch and Isabella cried when she saw him until she realized I wasn't leaving her...dang this kid has a complex! Our couch date was writing lists. Yep, J.T. was equally excited when he heard:). They were top 10 lists we wrote about each other. It actually turned out to be quite sweet. Maybe not high on the fun scale, but I think it was something we both needed.
Sunday I discovered my baby only wants to eat if feeding herself. Now I realized this last week when it came to solids, but drew the conclusion that this included her bottles too. I am all for independence, but this feels nuts! Since keeping a bottle at the ready for her to drink from as she chooses she is back to her regular amount of consumption. She will only let me give her the very first bottle of the day and a few ounces at the end of the day. I am finding other ways to work in my snuggles (like the co-sleeping), but I'm hoping this is just a phase.
In other big girl news, Isabella can now stand for about a minute or so without holding on to anything and can stand from a seated position. I see a step or two coming before February is over. Where is my baby?!?!?