I realized the other day that I haven’t written another edition of the Nora Chronicles in a couple of months. And it’s been quite a busy yet fun blur. Here’s an update:
Nora is sleeping through the night (for the most part)
After about six and a half months of not sleeping for longer than 4 hours at a time (and that was a good night at best), Nora’s “sleeping switch” was flipped one night, and she’s been sleeping 10-12 hours a night ever since. At the risk of jinxing this stroke of luck, it’s amazing to get sleep again.
Sleep is amazingly underrated. Nora is happier when she sleeps, and as a byproduct, her parents are, too. Plus, Nora sleeping well means more time for us to do other things, like actually talk to each other, get work done, and blog (though, admittedly, I cooled off in the past two months on here as well as Twitter).
Nora started a Mom-only phase and is just now coming out of it
Since she hit 6 months, Nora decided that she only wanted to be around my wife. For about 6 weeks, she was only happy when she was sleeping or when she was being held by her mama.
This made things difficult for daddy. I hate to admit it, but it’s hard and frustrating to come home from work to a baby girl that will only smile at you when she’s being held by her mom. Makes play time much harder, but we’ve made progress.
Nora and I now have some little jokes, and she’ll reach for me when I offer to pick her up. It’s pretty awesome.
Nora is now fun to play with
This sounds horrible, but honestly, the first six months are awfully tough to play with your baby. Nora didn’t really have the coordination or attention span to legitimately play. Now she does. She’ll pick up toys and hand them to me. She’ll reach for things. She responds to noises and reacts to smiles much more definitively.
Nora is now growing out of being a baby and becoming more of a kid. It’s awesome. She lights up my day.
My advice for those newer dads out there:
- Stay patient as best you can, particularly through the sleepless nights. The honeymoon will end and it will be very tough for a while, but it’s so worth it.
- It’s perfectly okay to be upset with your baby. (Just don’t take it out on them physically. That’s a no-no.)
- Find something as soon as you can that only you can share with your baby. It’s awesome when you find that.
Next month, I’ll have new measurements!