Unfortunately, week 48 was rough. There were a lot of tears, a lot of clinginess, a lot of foul moods. Louisa wasn’t sleeping very well at night (what else is new) and during the day she was moody, inconsolable, and she would chase me around the house, trying desperately to grab hold of my legs and try to pull herself up into my arms. I indulged her as much as I could, but it’s tough with busy Nico underfoot as well.
Early in the week, Louisa’s top left incisor poked through her gum, and we were granted a couple of days peace. But the pesky right incisor was taking its time, and it caused a lot of crying this week, too. Poor Louisa. Teeth are tough, but it seems this girl is even more sensitive to it than her brother was, if that’s possible.
But there were some highlights to the week as well. For one, Louisa magically learned to climb the stairs, and she hasn’t stopped doing it since. We were at Angelo’s parents’ house on the weekend, and as she walked over to the stairs, we both said: “Don’t worry, she doesn’t know how to climb them.” and then she proceeded to make a liar out of us both and made her way up the stairs like she’d been doing it forever!! Ha. So now our days are filled with watching her “run” to the stairs, giggling maniacally, and letting her get to the top before going up there to bring her back downstairs. I’m average 15-20 flights of stairs a day (gotta get your exercise in however ya can!! haha).
I also think that she’s going through a growth spurt. It seems like she’s taller now: she can reach a few ledges that she couldn’t before and I’ve had to retire a bit more of her clothes. Also, her shoe size jumped up, so that I ended up buying a pair of boots that don’t even fit her (grr… Second hand, but still, what a waste). Getting bigger is awesome in a lot of ways, not the least of which because it means she can interact so much more with her big brother without getting knocked around so much. And when they chase each other, she’s fast enough now that she can actually chase him. I still wish that Nico would let up on some of his roughhousing, but for the most part he’s pretty sweet to her.
that hair tho
When she cries (which has been happening a lot lately) he’ll run into the playroom, find a toy (usually one she’s been interested in lately) and try to console her with it. It’s super cute.
Louisa seems more grown up in her play, as well. She’s really into playing these days, and it’s nice to see her gravitate towards certain toys or objects. Of course, the Tupperware drawer is a big hit, but so is the play kitchen and toy trains. Uh oh, I can see more boundary setting in my future!
Louisa’s new thing is that she will offer up a toy to me or Ange, and then ask for it back (by holding out her hand). It’s really cute, and she’ll do it over, and over, and over again. She’s also been sticking her tongue out a lot. I don’t know if that has anything to do with teeth, but it’s pretty darn cute too.
Well… Can you believe I only have two more weekly posts to do, and then we’ll be onto the monthly ones for her second year of life?! It seems to have gone by SO FAST this time around. I look at my big tall baby and think, “aren’t you still supposed to be my babe in arms?” To see her with so many skills to get along on her own (despite her intense clinginess) is fascinating and shocking.
Oh, one final thought: the other day I got ready to breastfeed her, and I realized that I was really bracing myself for it. Then I realized that, without notice or fanfare, we’d entered the “toddler nursing” phase. She is no longer a passive baby gently suckling at my breast. Oh no, we’ve got full-on nursing gymnastics going on, and biting. She’s bitten me quite a few times, which sucks. I’m blaming it on teething, because it seems to be more rampant when she’s about to get new teeth. But it makes me shudder that we’ve only got 6 teeth, with 14 more to go… Yikes!