We had to move the photos from the crib to living room (what I should have done all along). Indy's sleeping in her big crib now so I've got some rather janky light blockage going on the windows. You do what you gotta do.
The not so fun stuff: This month was real hard. All that development meant a crazy baby. Have any of you used the Wonder Weeks app/book? It's basically weeks of developmental leaps that equal a cranky baby. I don't know if it's in my head or what, but it seems to be pretty accurate. Most of the past month was leap four and shoot, it was a doozy! Lots of wildness, some of which we are still dealing with. Recently she loses her cool if you walk away from her and she's anywhere but in her crib. It's made day to day home life for me interesting. She gets super frustrated when she can't get to something she wants, or move the way she wants to. Understandable. Occasionally cries when you take something away from her (more of this to come). And the hardest part... Indiana's good sleep habits went out the window right before four months and never returned. She was a dang good sleeper until then, I thought we had it made! But then a switch flipped and boom. I thought I was going to die from exhaustion; she was waking up pretty much every hour at night. I lived in the rocking chair. I was tired, grumpy, and frustrated, and so was she. I was becoming someone I wasn't a fan of. Constantly on edge and so angry at everything. Not cool. Something had to give. So after a hell of a lot of indecision, procrastinating, and dragging our feet, we moved her into the big crib in her room and did some sleep training. I won't go into details because I know it's a hot topic, but so far sooo good! We're less than a week in and naps are still a mess, but I can honestly say it's life changing. Everyone is so much happier. Best thing we could have done for our family. Sleep is important. So important. We got the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child from a friend when I was preggo and although the methods are whatever, the biggest thing I got out of it was to treat sleep like food. You need it to survive, and to thrive! Healthy sleep is like healthy food, so much better than the junk variety. And not just for babies, y'all. Adults too. We don't take sleep seriously enough! Coming from someone who went from barely a few hours a night to a whole bunch, it greatly impacts your happiness.
Anyway, it feels like we're almost out of woods with that phase and all that not so good stuff was so worth it. Because Indiana is a rockstar baby and watching her learn and grow is my favorite. She is becoming the coolest cat. So fun. I might be biased, but gosh she is just so alert and aware of everything around her. I mean, I know she's just a baby... but she seems really smart! Ha, gah what a mom thing to say. But really, she wows us daily. She's turning out to be just the badass we thought she'd be. Extra cute too.
As evidence, here's Indiana and some of her tricks:
Sitting up, like a boss! So proud of that big headed little munchkin.
These updates are getting sooo long. Sorry not sorry. If you want even more baby spam, scroll on back in time. Here's the ever growing Twelve Months of Indiana.