I love being a parent. I love being a nursing mother to the Snapper. I love being a full-time at-home mother. I love being the one who oversees every detail of his daily life, who knows that he has a sensitive scalp and that he loves being sung to (so much so that he will stop nursing to join in). Every day is different.
At two months the Snapper is smiling frequently, and just tonight, starting to laugh. He loves our faces best of all but will settle for having serious conversations with the fish on his swing or hilarious ones with the TV remote. He has excellent head control. When adults have conversations in his presence he moves his eyes from speaker to speaker. He can’t be bothered with tummy time but will make the corresponding movements on my shoulder. He hates transition, especially getting out of warm bath water. He’s the most active baby I’ve ever met, and whoever says newborns do nothing but sleep has not met my son: he’ll only consent to nap if wrapped up tight on my body. When he nurses voraciously he vocalizes pleasure. He grabs a handful of my shirt when nursing, which for some reason makes me melt and melt with love.
Nighttime is getting better. With the exception of a night or two a week, he’s been sleeping (in his carseat) from 10-3 and 4-7. Nursing still takes 45 minutes to an hour, unfortunately. But we’re all sleeping so I’ll take it.
The best parenting decision I’ve made so far is to start wearing him in earnest. I bought four yards of fabric on sale just to see if it would work for us and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I wear him in a front wrap cross. It’s completely hands free, even when doing heavy housework that requires bending down. He can face out in it, or in, and I can pull the fabric up over his head for extra support and to get him to calm down for a nap. I love being able to get things done. In the next week or two I’ll be resuming schoolwork. This carry is perfect because it frees both hands for typing and he’s high enough to clear the desk.
These are just parenting notes…I’m not blogging very seriously right now, though I hope to from time to time. Right now I’m blogging as a member of a community, which is good enough.