After having your first child, it’s easy to forget exactly what milestones a baby is supposed to make and at what time. I am so much more relaxed this time around, that I haven’t been reading any of the books or getting the weekly emails. I’ve decided to just enjoy the moment and each day that passes with Avery, rather than worrying about exactly what she should be doing at this age.
One thing I seemed to forget was that babies get so much more fun as they get older. I loved my sleeping newborn that I could cuddle with, but this new alert little girl is so much more fun.
Over the past couple of weeks, Avery has become quite the little chatter box. As soon as you smile at her, she smiles back and immediately starts coo-ing at you.
It has to be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. It’s even cuter when she has these “conversations” with her sister. The girls will go back and forth for five minutes. Although my two year old knows how to talk, she completely plays along with Avery as they are talking to one another. If there is one thing that I have learned about both of my girls, it’s that they love to talk. And I love to talk with them.
Last night as I was getting Avery ready for bed, I sat her on the bed with me to change her diaper. For some reason, she is her most talkative when she is getting her diaper changed (she must really like it). As I finished, instead of getting her swaddled up and ready to eat (like I usually do), I continued to talk back with her.
I thought to myself, why miss a “moment” with this little girl, just so I can get her to bed and have alone time? So we sat and “talked.” She smiled and cooed, and I did the same back. We talked for almost 10 minutes. This was one of the happiest times I have ever seen Avery. My husband even walked in the room, because he could hear her from the hallway outside our room.
She was so alert and focused on everything that I had to say. If my voice got particularly high, hers would mimic it. It surprised me at how focused she was and how intense our conversation was. I loved every single minute.
It made me realize just how precious the time I get with her is and how I should enjoy all of it, even if it’s just to sit down and talk!
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