Yesterday, Elvie turned eight months old, and I’ve taken some time to reflect on how far she’s come since she’s been with us. Many of the usual milestones, such as sitting up completely unassisted and crawling, will not be possible until she’s had major surgery for her birth defect, and some of the other milestones are on delay. It’s not unusual for children who have lived in an institutional setting to need to catch up on some things, and there have been a great many things that Elvie simply needed be be healthy to enjoy. At eight months old, she is an incredibly happy baby who has opinions (no to baby food, yes to making a grab for her sister’s grilled cheese sandwich) and makes little jokes (fart humor, I’m afraid, is totally her style). She is also, finally, sleeping on a somewhat predictable schedule.
Not only that, but to put icing on that cake, she has started sleeping for longer stretches at night, by which I mean three hours at a time instead of just one or two, or sometimes only forty-five minutes. I never would have said this before experiencing the joys of hourly night wakings, but being able to sleep for three hours without being awakened is amazing. I feel so refreshed and free! To celebrate Elvie’s eight months on the planet and her new sleep skills, I’ve pulled together a bunch of my favorite photos of her sleeping. I love seeing those beautiful brown eyes, but when you see these photos, I think you’ll agree that a sleeping Elvie is a lovely Elvie. Now if only I could use these to convince her to sleep for, say six or seven hours at a stretch. Then my life would truly be revolutionized.