Thursday, July 31, 2008

Milestones and Deep Thoughts

This was an interesting week for Pumpkin. She had her first week of camp, which, as mentioned previously, is the first place where I've ever dropped her off. I only cried a little on that first day, although Pumpkin didn't cry at all. When she asked if I was staying, and I said that I wasn't, she turned her back on me and went back to whatever activity she was already engaged in. I'm not sad about that - I'd rather she not cry, which would leave me feeling guilty. I just had one of those my-baby-is-growing-up moments. She went every day for four days, and apparently did very well. She did not completely embarrass our family, although she did have to be asked twice a few times to do things. Not bad considering that she was raised by wolves.

Another great moment in Pumpkin-land was yesterday's trip to the dentist. Six months ago when we first took her to the dentist, she was frightened and wouldn't open her mouth for more than a minute or so. At that time, I had been reading to her from a book about Dora going to the dentist. Since we've now read that book together about 50 painstaking times, Pumpkin is no longer afraid. She sat with her mouth open long enough for a proper cleaning and flossing. I'm still beaming with pride over that one since Pumpkin doesn't ever do what Pumpkin doesn't want to do.

The baby also hit a of minor milestone. One night she slept six and a half hours straight! This is reminiscent of Pumpkin who slept eight hours every night starting at three weeks of age. Other mothers hated me for that but sleep was more important than their approval. Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please let this baby follow suit. Pretty please?

Speaking of sleep issues, wouldn't it be cool if baby monitors had snooze buttons? What's the worst that could happen? Also, can anyone explain why it is so easy to doze off while sitting uncomfortably upright while giving a baby a late-night feeding, but it takes about twenty minutes to fall back asleep once returning to one's bed after said feeding?

7 comments:

motherbumper said...

I'm going to pretend I didn't read about your babies sleep habits since I didn't get an eight hour night until month 18 or so. No hate, just gonna pretend I didn't know that.

And what a brave little gal, first awayish camp and fear of the dentist overcome (for now).

Mamalooper said...

Heads up on the new sibling thing - apparently around one month into it the older one gets all angsty and separation anxiety-ish. YMMV but if it hits, you know what it is. And it only lasts a few weeks.

[courtesy of friend with 6 week old and 2 1/2 year old daughter plus one pediatrician]

nomotherearth said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

We had a good sleeper, and now we have a lousy one, and nighttime is kicking the #$*@ out of us. (Sorry for the language but we're old and we like sleep). First time around, I didn't talk about it much either, because I knew people would be squiffy.

b*babbler said...

Yay for the sleep. I've never really talked about the sleeping thing, for fear of bragging (but god, do I want to - because Peanut? Is an AWESOME sleeper, and totally deserves the kudos!)

Camp - ooh! We're doing preschool this fall, and I'm pretty nervous.

Chantal said...

Yay for Pumpkin (and you) on the camp thing. Both my boys cried for weeks when I put them in care... It was very hard.

Nora Bee said...

Go, Pumpkin! Go, baby! Go, Mac!

kittenpie said...

Hey, good for Pumpkin! It's so awesome when they do you proud like that.

and I can only dream of that kind of sleeping going on. pumpkinpie didnt' sleep stretches like that for many months in. I can only hope this one is near-comatose...