This guy. He’s the only person I know who is perfectly pleasant, downright joyful really, on very little sleep. Let’s be clear, he did not inherit that from his mama. But we love him anyway! All five months of him! I might have cheated and taken these photos a few days early because having a toddler who has things to do and places to be means little bro gets the shaft time-after-time, but no one will know, right? I mean he can’t possibly have changed that much in three days? Anyway …
Theo is officially the jolliest little fella south of the North Pole and spends 85 percent of his days smiling. He even smiles up at me when he’s nursing because he just can’t help himself. He loves to read books, specifically one about a hedgehog who lives in a garden with a lot of very colorful and amazingly fun to look at bugs. He found his toes and was properly ecstatic about it, though he hasn’t realized they’re also good for sucking. We did catch him sucking that thumb a few times though. Finally!
Until two nights ago, Theo did not sleep. At all. No naps, no night time sleeping. He’d wake several times a night with very unpleasant screaming for either daddy to soothe him or mommy to nurse him. Bonus if he woke up Isla so they could both scream and cry and make their parents wonder what in the world they were thinking putting them in the same room together. Also, karma. Isla was sleeping 12 hours every night by this age and I probably told too many people that. Too many moms who likely wanted to punch me in my well-rested face. Dear those moms: Karma is a B and she is punishing me on your behalf. You’re welcome. Now we’re sleep training. The first night was awful. A-W-F-U-L. But it’s working! Fingers crossed.
Last month Theo met his aunt Chaya and cousin Laila from Michigan, spent lots of time with family, celebrated his first Easter by watching his sister steal his basket of toys, visited the beach for the very first time (and loved it, obviously) and got spit on by an alpaca. He loves music class, morning walks to the coffee shop and belly laughing so hard he can barely breathe every time he sees his big sister, who loves him so much she can hardly contain her squeezes.
Next month we’re going to sleep through the night. Just kidding. That probably won’t happen. We’re going spend more time outside, work on sitting up and meet Aunt Sierra (my sister) for the first time!
Happy five months, Theo boy! We love you more than the world loves cherry blossoms.