This little one is 5 weeks 3 days old. One of the biggest challenges of having two little babies is not the juggling of the two of the them, but rather not being able to focus all my attention on just this little man, which makes it hard to learn all his little tired signs which are so important at this age. It's pretty tricky to spend 20-30 minutes just getting him to sleep when I have Riley to look after as well. Lately my mornings are spent trying to get him to sleep after he's already a bit overtired. He doesn't sleep that well in the mornings, so he wants to be held, or he sleeps in little cat naps. But he does pretty well on his tummy, so we go with that, if that's what works.
It's funny I forgot to mention this in his last weekly post, but he's all of a sudden decided he likes his hands by his face, which means he needs gloves on constantly. No matter how short his nails are, he just gouges his little face and lets out the saddest little wail! So, gloves stay on. Riley makes sure she is on glove patrol, letting me know if the gloves come off and telling me "mama, jack jack gloves, on!"
This morning around 10am, after only getting little naps here and there from the little one, and fighting with him to get him to sleep, and Riley getting a little frustrated with me, I threw both babes in the car and we went for a scenic drive. Jackson fell asleep in minutes, and Riley played quietly with her ipad in the back. It was awesome. I was tempted to just keep on going, buuuut we were getting too close to Riley's nap time and I did NOT want her to sleep in the car. Ahh well, back to the house we went. And not but ten minutes later, whose little eyes popped open, not fooled into thinking that we were still in the car? THIS little monkey.
Lucky for me, Riley had a nice long nap, Jackson slept sort of well, and I was able to not only eat lunch, but get a little workout in! Then, as usual, the little guy slept pretty much all afternoon, which meant lots of one on one time with my big girl. My outdoor lovin' girl. I've gotta say, I LOVE having our backyard. I can just open the sliding door and let her roam. And by roam, I mean play in the sandbox for 30 minutes. :)
You might not be able to tell, but getting her to look AND smile at the camera is near impossible these days. I can't trick her or bribe her or convince her unless she feels like it, or I sneak up on her. And don't even get me started on trying to capture her cuteness on video. HA. But every once in a while, I do manage to get some pictures of her just being totally HER, capturing some of her goofy things she does right in that moment. Things like yelling TA DA!! and throwing her hands in the air as she balances on the rock in her sand pit.
And then slowly lowering herself down and yelling "oh no fall down! mama, pick-a you up??"
Oh and my favorite... the DRAMA of having sun in her face. Oh my goodness she yells "it's bright!!" and covers her whole face with her hands and whines and whines until it's gone. And if we're in the car when it happens and she can't escape the sun on her own, oh my goodness there are tears.
We've got a busy busy weekend ahead. Full of toy library visits and swim lessons and St. Patrick's day parties, baby soccer for Riley, gardening and all kinds of outings and family bonding. Man I love my babies!!