I’m not sure how it happened but Eli turned three months old today. Right now, as I type this, he’s doing his usual thing of waking up from a short nap.
He’s not a fan of naps. I wonder if you really believe it when I say he really doesn’t nap much. Just to give you an idea, my sister, who we just spent the weekend with, said “I think it’s funny that you said he sleeps during the day. At all. He naps less than an 18 month old.”
But at night, he sleeps quite well. He wakes up right at four in the morning usually and I nurse him. Last night I was up with him for 38 minutes and we fell back asleep. I don’t mind that at all.
This photo was taken when he was just a few weeks old. He and I were in the midst of a three hour nap. I’m pretty sure it was the last time he slept during the day.
I need to focus on his naps, I think, I’d love for him to get good rest during the day and I’d love to be able to get something done in a timely manner. I do sort of like not focusing too much on naps, however. Like tomorrow, we are going to the zoo, I know he’ll sleep when he sleeps and his schedule is up to him tomorrow. I kind of like it that way simply because we have older kids who are busy and LOUD and keeping a schedule is just not easy.
Anyway, enough about the naps that don’t exist.
We simply love him.
Last week, I gave him a bath in his bath seat (lounger?) in the big tub for the first time. It was just me, in the house the kids and Brian were outside. Before I knew it, we were all in the bathroom, watching Eli as he stared at us like we were a group of crazies. I love the way Anna and Noah love him. I love the way their love grows every single day for him. I love that I get to witness it.
(kudos to Brian for this shot.)
Everyday feels like a new adjustment but the overall stress of having a newborn seems to be getting better ever day. We can usually eat dinner together, ride in the car together and even almost get through Costco without too many tears. (Eli’s tears. Not Brian’s. Those will always be there.)
I think tonight we are going to put Eli in his crib for the first time. I’ll honestly miss him while he sleeps but I wonder if he would get a better night’s rest if he were alone.
How has three months gone by so quickly?
Is time flying for you, too?
Maybe I’ll keep him in my room tonight. Just one more time.