We are definitely going through some changes with Bear lately! They aren't really that big of a deal, I guess, but they sure do feel like it in the moment. I've had so many moments in the past few weeks where I feel absolutely lost as a Momma.
The biggest change is probably his sleeping habits. He's decided that he no longer wants to fall asleep the way he has for months and months. In the past, he's been in love with Baby Einstein DVDs and has fallen asleep while watching one for many, many nights. He would sit right next to me under a comfy blanket and just go to sleep! I would then put him in his crib and he'd sleep (mostly) through the night. This all started to change around Christmas, when he got a nasty stomach bug that kept him up for much of the night for about a week. Then, he started teething, so he didn't get back to sleeping through the night and was waking multiple times in obvious pain. Now, he's still not back to sleeping through the night, but he's only woken up once for each of the past two nights and I've been able to get him back to sleep relatively quickly. Hopefully we are on the way to getting him back to the WHOLE night soon! I'm kind of tired! Oh, but bakc to the way he falls asleep (I kind of rambled, sorry.)--He now wants to be rocked and read to until he falls asleep. The only stinky part about that is that he wants the same book read approximately 38,000 times in a row. If I stop reading, he cries out in protest. So, I read. The good news is that he's been going to bed earlier at about 8:30 or so. The bad news is that he's been waking earlier, too, at about 6:00. I can deal with this, but I need to get used to it. That is, if he'll let me get used to it! It seems like lately whenever I get used to anything, he's been kidding all along and wants it an entirely different way the next time.
Other changes include: eating habits, talking (sort of...I don't think the words are recognizable to anyone but me and Max), gestures (waving, clapping, etc), walking (he took two steps toward me!). I suppose he's probably on the way to becoming more independent, but he sure is confusing right now! I can feed him something one day and he loves it. The next day, he acts as though I'm trying to poison him. He goes from knowing sign language for a few words to just clapping whenever he wants anything, leaving me entirely clueless! Some days he'll act as thought he's really interested in walking and other days he'll go jello legs on me when I try to help him.
We're having pictures taken of him today and I'm really hoping that the bruise on his forehead doesn't show up too much. Wish us luck! He's not in too great of a mood right now, but hopefully he'll cheer up before 10:00. We'll see.