The day Hana Kate turned two, Eden also turned 11 weeks. But sorry Eden, no cake for you yet! 🙂
Milestones: Eden laughed for the first time on Monday. My sister was over and playing with Hana Kate, and apparently Eden thought it was funny. She has laughed one other time when tickled, but can’t get her to repeat it! 🙂 She is also very close to rolling over from her back to tummy. She gets all twisted up and it looks quite funny!
We also have our first thumb sucker in the family! Eden started sucking her thumb this past week, and I usually find her at naptime with her thumb in her mouth.
(With Hana Kate, we chose not to use a pacifier, and I thought for sure she would start to suck her thumb, but she never really got into it.) We actually decided to try a pacifier with Eden, but she only accepts it about half the time we try. So why am I crazy and don’t want my kids to use pacifiers? Because I don’t want them to wake up during the night crying because they had to use it as a crutch to get to sleep, but it fell out. (I know, not everyone has that happen.) Eden was trained to sleep through the night before she figured out how to suck her thumb, but even if she does start to use it to stay asleep, she’ll know where to find it. 😉 So, she is experiment number two in my study on the use of pacifiers, thumbsucking, etc… in infant pacification needs. 😉
Eating: Not much change here. When she wakes up in the mornings, she’d much rather smile and laugh than eat right away. Very unlike Hana Kate, who let you know she was hungry as soon as she woke up. Eats every 2 hours-ish mornings, and has a longer sleep period in the afternoon. I actually started her out that way to “push” her long awake phase to be in the daytime, and we’ve stuck with it. With Hana Kate, we started out with schedule (7,10,1,4,7) and routine. With Eden, we started out from day 1 on a routine (eat, wake, sleep), but haven’t had as much of a set time schedule, except for bedtime (which is more of a general time, too). It’s falling more so into a schedule, but I think simply feeding her more frequently during the daytime helped her sleep better sooner. I generally feed her 5-6 times during the daytime, and she eats much more quickly than Hana Kate did. About 10-15 minutes at this point.
Sleeping: Still 12 hour nights. She’s becoming quite a light sleeper during the daytime, though we tried quite hard to get her to become otherwise.
Wake/Playtime: Stays awake much longer now–usually around an hour.
Demeanor: Generally happy…unless she must be in her carseat. She doesn’t go out much in it (well, she doesn’t go out much period. 😉 not that we just let her ride in the van or anything… :)), so perhaps I should take her out a little more to get her used to it… She loves it when people sing to her or talk to her. 🙂 She sat through the first part of Wednesday night church, but started getting a little too noisy, so went to the nursery for the last part and did fine..