Colin has started sleeping from 7 or 7:30 pm to about 3 am, waking up to eat, and then sleeping again until 6:30 or maybe even 7 if I'm lucky (I was today!). It's amazing how going from two night wakings to one can make me feel almost normal again. Yes, I can manage to go back to work next week if I only have to wake up once at night.
Naps are still a little iffy, but I know that Colin needs one after about an hour or an hour and a half of being awake. I'm feeling particularly grateful as he is now on his second over-an-hour nap today. When he gets these longer sleeps, he's so adorably happy, laughing and smiling at his mommy when she tickles his belly and kisses his cheeks.
We've gotten into the nursing groove too. Colin's getting faster at eating and really good at cuddling. I treasure these nursing sessions when he snuggles in and stares at me with those gorgeous dark eyes.
Cara is a sweet, patient big sister, although she doesn't always understand how to play with her baby brother. She will put toys on his face, not realizing that he can't move them, but she loves to lay under the play gym with him and giggle with him. This morning, she told me that Colin's crying makes her sad, and several times, she has tried to give him a pacifier when he's been crying. I wonder if she remembers what life was like before her baby brother.
When she's not playing at big sister, Cara is really into imaginative play. She creates these hilarious scenarios with her My Little Ponies in the bathtub that crack me up. They have adventures, but they also get in trouble and go to time out.
Yesterday, we managed to get everyone dressed and to church almost on time. Colin went to the nursery for the first time, and I only got paged once. We even dared to head to our favorite Mexican restaurant after church, the first time we've attempted to go out to eat with both children. And nothing disastrous happened. It was actually pretty nice to get out of the house for a bit, to do something that felt normal.
The big test is coming. PJ is taking pictures tonight, so it will be up to me to get these children to bed. Alone. All by myself. I haven't attempted this one before, and I'm trying really hard not to be nervous.