Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Pretending to be Mommy

pretending-to-be-mommy.JPGThis past week has been interesting to say the least. Starting a few days ago my good sleeper was no more. The first night she cried when I put her down, when I tried to leave the room and each of the three times that she woke up during the night. It appeared to be a combination of teething and the separation anxiety that sets in between 12 and 18 months but who knows. The second night was just as bad and she was doing the same thing at naptime. The third night Ben put her down for bed but she still woke up once or twice and it was difficult to get her back to sleep. The fourth night I got her to sleep with no crying but had to stand in her room until she was asleep and then sneak out silently and naptime was still a bear but she slept through the night.

Today naptime was just as bad as the rest of the week. It took an hour to get her to sleep half that long this morning. When she started to fall all over the place this afternoon I took her back up and tried again. After half an hour of failed attempts I kissed her forehead, snuggled her in and said go to sleep now mommy is leaving. She said bye and waived her little hand and I left and lo and behold she… went to sleep? I couldn’t believe it. I tried my luck again tonight and sure enough she moved around for a while but ultimately settled down. I hoping we can continue on like this because standing in the dark for even 10 minutes felt like an eternity and was really getting to me. I wish I knew what was going on in that head of hers then I wouldn’t have to spend 5 days trying to figure out what to do.

Chase is up to some new tricks. She saying a few more words and is being more expressive in general. She’s saying some old words like apple with more clarity. She tells the dogs go go go out and go get and wants to know what’s this about everything. You might not know what she’s saying but we do and when she doesn’t get what she wants to first time she says it louder.. that, That, THAT and if that doesn’t work THIS! She nods her head in response to questions like are you hungry? She is totally obsessed with toes, shoes and socks. She likes to give kisses complete with an mmmmwah sound. On Tuesday she took the container of raisins off the shelf and sneaked out of the room with them. She took them to Cricket’s bed and sat down to try to figure out how to pry the lid off while I watched just out of sight.

More than anything, she wants to do exactly what mommy does. I noticed the other day that her hair is just getting long enough that it’s not wash and wear anymore. I got her little comb out and she put it right on her head even though I never comb her hair. She watches mommy do it every morning.


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