There’s been a lot of different things on my mind lately: career, naps, my pants that still don’t fit… Not sure where to start. I guess I’ll start at the beginning.
Naps are great this week. Vi cries for two minutes, then she’s down for the count. She up to 3-4 naps per day (one between every feeding). Mostly short naps, but sometimes a long nap midday. And beyond swaddling and a song, she falls asleep with no help from me. But who knows? It could change tomorrow. She still wakes up a couple hours earlier in the morning (4am ish) than usual due to fussing through her last evening feeding. But thanks to naps, I can get a nap too.
I’m thinking a lot about pursuing an interpreter’s certificate in ASL. I don’t think its a coincidence that we moved within 20 miles of the deaf education mecca: Gallaudet University. They have a Master’s Program in Interpreting. But the four years of ASL I took in college fell right out of my brain, so I’m far from applying. Plus, I don’t have the money to pay for school. There may be scholarships, but like i said, there will be a lot to do before I can actually pursue a Masters. I did a search for local ASL classes so I could brush up on my sign, but I haven’t had much luck… and again, we don’t have extra money right now to pay for a class. I’m still looking.
My pants: one pair does fit, but the others don’t. They didn’t fit before I was pregnant either, but I’m still cranky about it. We’ve been getting free pies and cakes and such lately, and Eric and I have been really good at getting rid of them. I’ve put the diet on hold for now. Eric assures me I’m beautiful, so I’ll believe him for now until I get a new plan!
Besides some evening feeding issues, Vi has been great. I’m LOVING the 3 month mark. Looking back, the first two months suck because your baby is still adjusting to the world, and you are too! Your new world. I’m eating dairy again, and I don’t even know if the no-dairy approach did much of anything. She’s such a happy little girly now, that its hard to believe how high-needs she was for a while there. I know it will fluctuate, but its nice to know she’s adjusting well.
Yesterday, I drove all over downtown DC with her, and she did great. In fact, she was awake for the whole two hours I was chatting with a friend in a coffee shop, just sitting on my lap, and taking things in. A girl who was sitting across from us, came over, and told me what a good baby I had. “I haven’t heard a peep the whole time I’ve been here!” The compliment took me by surprise. I have been so busy living day-to-day, I didn’t expect Viola to be consistent. I replied:
“Well, she had a nap and she ate…so…yeah! She’s pretty happy right now! Thanks.”
I almost replied with, “Just wait an hour”, but I just enjoyed the compliment. It sure beats the glares from old men at restaurants.