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There is a moment when newborns suddenly turn into little humans and it’s a very bittersweet moment. Bittersweet because you realize that you won’t get that newborn phase back again, it’s gone and this adorable little infant is now gurgling in your arms, smiling up at you and grabbing your finger. I was more anxious for Luna to grow, mainly with the hope that she would sleep through the night so that I could get more than 20 minutes of sleep (well we all know that that was just a dream). I’m not anxious for Aurora to grow so fast at all, I want to savour every moment. Instead, she is growing like a weed. I put her to bed at night and I literally think that she’s bigger every single morning when we wake up. I don’t know how much she weighs or measures now, and we won’t know until the end of December, but my gosh, she just grows and grows! We have already donated one bag of baby clothes to the thrift store, and a second one is now ready to go. We are giving everything away now, even if there is the slightest chance that we may have another child (and that is only because I never say never) we will just start over. If we keep the clothes I am inevitably going to get nostalgic and forget about morning sickness, placental tears, low amniotic fluid hospital stays, 41 weeks of pregnancy and the huge possibility of giving birth at home or on the way to the hospital. Oh and the huge issue of you know being able to afford to live in this city with two kids, let alone three! So anyway, Aurora is growing so fast and is a little giant! Whereas her sister was small and chubby, Aurora is long and still pretty lean.
She still wakes up usually once during the night, but she did sleep through the night once. I’m talking 10 straight hours of sleep! I was so worried when I woke up, but there she was smiling contently in her rock n play, ready for a diaper change and a nursing session. We decided that it could be a good idea to start transferring her to the crib now, but I’m such a wimp, and we are also going through a major sleep regression with Luna, so I’m enjoying the fact that she sleeps at least 6 hours in a row, if not more. And then when she wakes up I usually just pull her in with me. Maybe I will try next week… at least for naps. Although I’m not very good with scheduling naps to be honest… I make sure she gets as much quiet time as I can without her hurricane of a sister trying to hug and kiss her (which is probably why it would be a good idea to get her in the crib, up nice and high). I can tell that she really does need her sleep, because if I miss that small window in the evening then she becomes very agitated and takes a while to go down (much to Luna’s chagrin). So, apart from Sleater-Kinney with Ebedet in December (my first night out in a million years), bedtime for Aurora takes precedence over everything else, even family outings. If we go out we have to be back by 7 at the latest ha!
Aurora has excellent head control now, and isn’t too bothered by her tummy time sessions (although she still prefers to do them on us rather than on the floor). She likes to play on her mat and in her bouncy chair, batting and kicking toys, and she recently started grabbing things too and of course shoving them in her mouth with her fists. She loves playing and has the most adorable little smile. I could spend all day making silly noises just to see her smile. And while she’s pretty calm and content, she doesn’t hesitate to make herself heard! While Luna always had one, insistent cry, Aurora has two. The first being a slow kind of moany sound and the second a more distressed cry. Sometimes the first turns into the second, but sometimes she just falls asleep. The transition happens within less than 2 minutes so I always wait and see – something I could never do with Luna who would never stop crying unless you picked her up. It’s amazing to see how different they are, and how their personalities develop so fast when they are so tiny.
There is still some major adoration going on between the two sisters, and now Luna seems to have accepted Aurora, or maybe forgotten how it was before Aurora arrived. Who knows, but she loves to kiss and cuddle her “Titi” (I think this means baby, but it could also mean her name for Aurora right now). She talks to her in the cutest little voice and tends to only try to hit her when she’s tired and wants to nurse. Although she did try to poke her eye out with my keys earlier, so we still need to be super vigilant! She keeps wanting to hold her too and it’s so cute, seeing how proud she is holding her little (big) sister. I can’t wait to see how they are together in a few months once Aurora can sit up. Sometimes we hang out on the floor or in the bed altogether and I read them or tell them a story, and they both roll against me and listen, Luna interjecting with a question or statement in her little language. Which reminds me, I think that Aurora is going to roll back to front first, just like Luna did. She’s nearly there already.
She’s kicking and waving and flapping and smiling and blowing bubbles now and making the cutest sounds! I had forgotten what it was like when they find their “voice”! She used to be a very loud sleeper, most likely due to gas, but she doesn’t make those groaning sounds anymore at night. Instead she likes to gurgle and coo all day long, or grumble when she wants to be held, which, is a lot of course. She’s actually sitting on my lap right now while I type this with one hand and eat breakfast (Luna is “eating” her breakfast too – I don’t know if smearing milk over rice cakes is considered eating). Anyway, Aurora is pretty much picking up new skills every day, moving with more fluidity, smiling and laughing more often. She’s not one to spend ages nursing like Luna was, she’s a fast but frequent eater. This three month growth spurt is the last big one in a while though so we may get into more of a routine after this. Well as much of a routine as we can actually create, apart from bedtime we are a little lax on that front.
So what else has happened this month? Apart from Aurora catching a much milder case of Luna’s cold which has kept us housebound for a few dayswe have had visits from Beth, Gina and Owen, Meg, Henna, Ebedet and Xavier, and we have been to visit Meera, Sonali and Priya a couple of times. Priya is a couple of weeks younger than Aurora and I’m excited to see how they will interact as they grow! I’m hoping that we can take Aurora on her first trip into Manhattan in the next few weeks as there is a Mark Ryden exhibition I want to see and of course the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center! We started that tradition last year and I’m intent on keeping it! Also, funnily enough, the centerpiece of Mark Ryden’s exhibition is a 9 foot painting called Aurora! We have his prints all over the house so I’m excited to snag some more!
And so on to another month, one of my favourite months of the year, and by the end of this month we will know exactly where we are moving to (more on that once I have full confirmation from our landlord on next steps), and what our new place will look like! In the meantime we have so much to do and these little pumpkins definitely keep me busy day and night. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.