Whew, I managed to miss the whole month of March! Dan likes to say that “2 kids is a lot of kids,” but I think it’s more “2 full-time jobs + 2 kids is a lot of work!” However, we seem to be settling into a groove.
Hazel’s really seeming like a kid, not just a baby or a toddler even. She’s talking in full sentences all the time, and issuing directives more often than not - like “Momma get Hazel out [of the car]; Papa can get Ada,” or to give you a little sense of what happens at school each day, “Walk away. You need to sit on the calm down square.” :-)
Hazel continues to love Ada loads, still sometimes more than is useful. But she has learned to give Ada bedtime kisses on her toes, instead of smothering Ada when it’s “night night time,” and she’s getting a bit better with gentle touches. She also likes to reassure “it’s okay Ada, it’s okay,” when Ada’s crying. In fact, I wonder if she actually can tell the difference between Ada’s cries, because she seems to be more accurate with her reports that “Ada’s hungry” or “Ada’s tired” than I would expect.
Hazel’s also big on imitating these days. She likes to do tummy time along with Ada. She’s always telling us how her baby doll has a dirty diaper (luckily the newborn cloth ones fit her!) and now increasingly the doll needs to go to the potty. And Hazel’s just started feeding her baby doll while I’m nursing Ada.
After a while of pushing against it, Ada’s doing great with bottles at daycare now. She really lights up when she sees her teachers and especially for me at the end of the day. She’s starting to sit up for just a second or two (below her Grandpa gave her a little cheat!).
At her last doctor’s visit, she weighed 14 lbs. 12 oz. and they said she measured in the 96 percentile for height! Yesterday, she turned 5 months old. Tonight I saw her roll from back to front for the first time.
It’s true what they say, the days are long, but the years are short!
More March photos on Flickr.