Julia has gotten a billion times better about napping (knock on wood), which has been great these past few days. She's not consistent enough yet that I can really bank on getting a set amount of time, but the morning nap is lengthening, the midday nap is still short but it's pretty consistent, and the afternoon nap is slowly emerging and getting a little longer. I've had to learn to let her cry a little. I set a timer, which makes all the difference in the world to me (and I'm not talking about screaming - she just moans pathetically). It saves my sanity to watch the timer - I know five minutes is not an unreasonable amount of time for her to cry, but it feels a lot longer, but at the very least, I have five minutes to throw in some laundry or get the mail. It's paying off though. She's definitely falling asleep more quickly than she did a week ago. Famous last words before the infamous 4-month sleep regression kicks in, huh?
I also appear to have hurt myself running. It's either tendonitis or a stress fracture in my foot, and it hurts like a $%*&#. I tried to work through it last night and made it ten billion times worse. I could barely walk today, and I skipped our daily outing just because I didn't think I could walk anywhere carrying the baby. I don't know if I'm out for the half-marathon or not (I'm not giving up yet!) but I need to get back to the point where I can walk around the house and take the dog for walks. And not make it worse as soon as it starts to feel a little better. Just when the working out was starting to get fun too. :(
Julia has also learned to raspberry. It's so adorable. Or at least it is to her mom. It's so cool to see that she finally knows that she has control over her mouth. She's been "talking" to me for awhile but she has just been all about the raspberrying lately. Mostly when I lay her down to sleep - she looks up at me and grins and goes, "Pbbbbttttttttttt" and it's the cutest thing in the world and it kills me to have to just leave her in her crib. She's already learned to manipulate me.
My friend Sara did an awesome photoshoot with Julia over the weekend. I hope to get those photos from her at some point and post them. For now, these are all I have:
|Love the post-bath, wrapped-in-a-towel shots.|
|Chewing on Daddy.|