Having children really does mark the passage of time unlike anything else.
When Pete and I were preparing for our move to Wisconsin, we knew that this time period in our lives — changing jobs, giving birth to our second child, moving across both the Pacific Ocean AND the western half of the United States, getting settled into our new home in Wisconsin, and starting a new job — would pass very quickly. On one hand, I looked forward to this passage of time, since these normally stressful events would be here and gone before too long. On the other hand, I didn’t want the time to pass too quickly, since the squishy newborn phase would be over so soon.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: August has been a dream baby. He’s just so snugly, good natured, and happy most of the time. The only time he gets a little bit fussy is when he’s hungry and ready to go to sleep. It’s been such a joy to see him grow these past few months, and Pete and I both feel so lucky that August is so darn pleasant all the time.
- Watching his sister play
- Rolling over and scooting. He started rolling over front-to-back and back-to-front ridiculously early at eight weeks old. This shocked both Pete and me, and I had to go back through these posts to remember how old Liesl was when she started doing this. (I think she was about 4-5 months old.) August is a really strong little guy!
- Being held and carried around in our baby-wearing carriers
- Being talked to and cooed at; this gets a smile out of him every time!
- Getting bathed in the warm bath water at night
- Playing outside
- Sucking on his two fingers
- Going to happy hour with Pete, Liesl and me (he’s actually a really good companion at this time of day!)
- Getting dressed
- Being in his car seat
Fortunately, August adjusted to his new daily schedule a few weeks ago like a champ. He and Liesl are now on the same nap time/playtime/nighttime schedule, which makes parenting so much easier. Now that both of our kids sleep through the night, and we’ve regained some of our adult-only time, we feel so much more refreshed, connected, and empowered as parents. It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for one’s outlook!