9 Months

February 27, 2010

Oh, Maggster.  What a challenge the last month has been!

Things that made February difficult:

1.  Three feet of snow.   Snowed in for weeks.  ‘Nuff said.

2.  Separation anxiety.

3.  Totally FUBARed sleep.

4.  Sickness.

5.  A baby who wants desperately to pull herself up on things and to crawl, but who isn’t quite there yet.

So…… yeah.  Maggie, you are SUCH a social child, and so easily bored.  Being stuck at home, with no access to our friends, playgroups or usual haunts made BOTH of us kind of insane.  I felt terrible for you, but even worse for me!  Your Dad was thrilled to be snowed in with us, but we were both itching to get out of the house and do something – ANYTHING – but sit around the living room for one.  more.  day.

Teething!  Finally, your two bottom teeth came in, and we experienced a bit of a respite from Crankypants McMaggie.  However, by the time your teeth came in, your sleep habits had gotten totally fucked up.   Before teething/traveling to St. Thomas, you slept soundly from 6:15 p.m. or so until about 2 a.m., and woke up a couple of times thereafter to nurse before waking up for good around 5:30.  (As I type this, I realize that it sounds miserable, but trust me, it was great!)  After teething started, you started waking up every two hours or so overnight, starting at 8 p.m.  And then separation anxiety began kicking in as well, and you decided that you had to see my face every single time you woke up overnight, or else you would SCREAM BLOODY MURDER, OMG.  And then every two hours became every hour and a half, then every hour, and then sometimes every 30 minutes.  The only thing that kept you from waking up constantly and screaming was for me to hold you while you slept.

And so, I did.

I brought you to bed with me, and slept wrapped around you.  When you woke up, I would whisper, “Shh, shh, Maggie.  It’s okay.  Mommy’s right here.”  And that would be enough for you to go back to sleep.

But eventually, the lack of sleep caught up to me, and we had to change what we were doing.  So last week, your Dad and I did a little sleep training (i.e., the cry it out method), and holy crap — you could basically be the Ferber poster child.  The first night, you cried for 30 minutes, then slept for 8 hours.  The second, five minutes, and you slept for 10.  The third, three seconds.  By night four, you were asleep before I even got out your bedroom door.  All of a sudden, your Dad and I are actually not sleep deprived — possibly for the first time in over a year.  Not only that, but you seem a little more cheerful too, since you’re finally getting some sleep!

Last — eesh.  The developmental stuff.

So, we had your 9 month appointment last week.  The pediatrician was surprised that you weren’t pulling up on things yet, nor crawling.  I felt a little twinge in the pit of my stomach at hearing the tinge of concern in her voice, but then I mentioned that you were talking.

“What do you mean?” she asked.

“Well, she says a bunch of words – ‘Mama,’ ‘Daddy,’* ‘Emmy’ (for ‘Mommy’) and Diggy (for ‘Doggy’),” I said.

“WHOA!” she said.  “Wow!”

Soooo, yeah!  You rock hardcore at the verbal skills, kiddo!  Take THAT, pediatrician!

*And I forgot to mention this in past blog entries, but your first word was “Mama,” and you said it for the first time shortly after you turned six months old.   🙂

All that being said, I have to say that I think that nine months is going to be a helluva lot easier than eight months was.  For one thing, SLEEP.  For another — well, I don’t know, really.  I just have a good feeling about this month.  🙂  And heck, sleep cures most ills!

I can’t believe that we’re closing in on your first birthday already.  It just doesn’t seem possible.  And yet, it is.  I’ve had such a blast with you over the last nine months, Maggs — I can’t wait to see what else is in store for us!  You are my sweetest of all hearts, and I love you utterly.

MAMA!

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