November 14, 2008


I still can't believe how fast time seems to be going. I realize that I make some sort of comment about this in every other post, but seriously. It's the middle of November already!!! It seems like every day Audia is that much more aware and interactive and alert. Every day I'm tossing yet another outfit of hers into a box because she's outgrown it.

I feel so lucky. Lucky to have such a happy and healthy baby, who is pretty obvious about why she's fussing when she does, and rarely ever cries. Lucky to be able to spend so much of my time playing and smiling and laughing with Audia, watching her grow by the minute. Lucky to have such a loving and supportive husband, who is not only fine with, but happy to change diapers, clean up spit up, and rock her to sleep. Lucky to have Chris working from home 98% of the time, so if I want to run to the store or take a shower or bake cupcakes .....


he can watch our little sweetie. Lucky to only have to return to work for 2 hrs a day and not have to put her into daycare. Lucky to have friends who have babies around the same age to share such an amazing experience with.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm too lucky. I believe in karma, so perhaps something good I've done has resulted in such luck, however then it wouldn't be luck. But I also believe in the universe's need for balance, which causes me to occasionally entertain the idea that for everything good that happens, something bad has to happen to balance it out. If this is the case, I hope that all of the bad is in my past......But I won't go there now.

Anyhoo, in other news, I've been researching various sleep training techniques and let me tell you; if I was any less self-confident, and/or if I had never taken any psychology courses, I would be SO LOST! It seems like for every pediatrician or child development specialist's opinion, there is someone with the exact OPPOSITE stance. There are as many different ideas of how to sleep train your child as there are fish in the ocean. The plus side of this is that it basically means that no one knows what the heck they're talking about and whatever I feel is best for my baby is probably "right". Good news is that Audia is still averaging a good 5-6 hours a night, (usually waking between 5 and 6 am; when the sun comes up) and this is usually followed by a 3-4 hour stretch. So we're getting good sleep.



I'm so glad you are so happy! Sometimes I think that I've had more than my fair share of blessings too, but I'll keep on taking them if they keep coming my way:-) As for the sleep thing, you know I've had a really hard time with all of Abby's sleep issues, but this book really helped me get a handle on everything: it's called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Weissbluth and it has done wonders for our whole family. Matt and I were just talking about it tonight about how different life is now that Abby goes to sleep easily and stays asleep for almost 12 hours a night. You may want to check it out:-)