I've done my fair share of kvetching about Nolie on this blog, about how she goes on 10-day poop strikes--usually followed by a giant poonami that wipes out everything in its path. I've written about the hours-long, thigh-breaking death swaddles it takes to get her to sleep. I've written about her grunting, and her nipple-stretching, and her monumental urps. I've written about her looking like Ernest Borgnine.
So, it's nice to report that I think Nolie has turned some corners. For starters, she's eating baby food now, and also soy formula for all but one or two feedings a day. This means that she poops everyday--kibbles, usually, but poops nonetheless. As a result, she is much more pleasant to be around, and generally smells better, too. My boobs are returning to a much more reasonable size, and I'm not eating everything in my path. All welcome turns of events.
Also, we finally committed to letting her cry it out some, and though it was very difficult and seemingly unsuccessful at first, she is really doing a good job of putting herself to sleep now. Twice yesterday, in fact, I put her down for her naps very tired but pretty much awake, and within ten minutes both times she was out. If she cries longer than that, we know there is something wrong; maybe she's still hungry (she eats like a sumo), or she's got kibbles in her drawers. Otherwise, she's going down pretty well--still swaddled, but we have her out of the bouncy chair now and in her crib, and we are not breaking our backs walking her around, trying to get her to sleep. She's also doing better at Miss Debbie's, which makes going back to work a lot easier.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, she's starting to have a personality. She is reaching for things and starting to recognize words (mostly "kitty" and "baba" at the moment). She smiles and laughs a lot, and wants to play with her sister all the time, which drives Addie nuts. She's awake and alert and really, really cute.
Welcome, Magnolia Jade, to the world. It's exciting to witness your awakenings, large and small.