In her first 10 weeks of life, Waverly Maye and her pacifier have had a love/hate relationship. At some points of the day, it is a lifesaver. She grasps onto it for dear life and it seems to be the singr,e best baby purchase that we made. (Specifically, when she is sitting in her car seat, more than a little angry to be restrained by its two tight straps). At other moments, she abruptly spits it out, seemingly angry that we would even consider giving her such a silly thing.
Well, it seems we have moved on … to something we didn’t have to purchase and that is pretty adorable, if you ask me. I woke up the other night to Waverly fiercely sucking her thumb. She found it. And liked it. She has been back at least daily since, and even though she hasn’t quite figured out the typical maneveuer yet … it seems to be the perfect self-soother for her. And as a result, we have benefited from a little more sleep in the Brickner household, as she has only has needed to wake up once a night since.
|Day Two After Finding Her Thumb. 🙂
It seems lately there is a first for everything … although today’s first is not as positive as many of the others we have experienced lately. Our sweet, innocent baby girl is sick for the first time. There is nothing worse than hearing your baby sniffle, sneeze, and cough when you can’t do anything about it. I just want to make it all better for our Waverly Maye, and have been snuggling her close to at least make this first illness a little more bearable.
The good news? Even with a stuffy nose and watery eyes, Waverly manages to crack a smile. Somehow my baby girl completely brightens each and every one of my days, every single day since the day she was born.
In less than three weeks, I will officially be off maternity leave and back to work. Truthfully, I am not yet ready to accept this reality and would rather not yet talk about it … but had to mention it as we are beginning to transition for the routine we will soon have.
On Mondays & Wednesdays when that “time” comes, Waverly will be with her Li-li. And since Li-li is a personal trainer and one of the fittest grandmas I know … she makes a visit to the gym each morning. Luckily, Waverly will be taken well care of at that gym, as I found out today.
The nursery at the gym is only one floor away from where Li-li will be, and this morning, where I was, as I did a spin class while Waverly tried out her space. It was beneficial for two reasons; (A) we found out that Waverly was perfectly fine, and (B), I was able to workout my post-baby body. More to come on the body part later, but as for reason (A), it is comforting to know that our sweet girl will have a pleasant place to be. It also provides an avenue for her to see other babies and kids since she won’t be in day care for as long as I can help it. If anything, Waverly did better than I did as I missed her and thought about her for the entire hour she was one floor below me. I couldn’t wait to be done and see that cute face with her big blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and button nose.
It’s definitely going to be hard.