Time is slipping away from me far too quickly this time around. It’s been 7 weeks since I had my Valentina and she’s already out of the tiny newborn stage. She’s reached the fat baby stage where her chin is multiplying and has now overtaken her neck. Her muffin top puffs out over her diaper. Her cheeks are so so squishy but they’ve been that way since birth. I’ve already had to put away the newborn clothes and get out the 3 month clothes, and she’s even wearing some 6 month clothes. It seems like Valentuna is much bigger and heavier than her sister was at this age.
It’s hard for me to get one on one time with my second child without having her older sister chattering in the background or more likely, demanding something from me. So our time is around 5 to 6 am when everyone is still asleep. She seems to make an extra effort to open her eyes and give me smile after smile after smile while I look straight into her eyes and smile back. This morning she was struggling to keep her eyes open but a few seconds after she fell asleep she smiled 2-3 times. Those Valentina smiles are everything.
Valentina seems to have so much gas. She has the most powerful, stinky farts and the loudest Homer Simpson burps of any person I’ve met! Not just loud for a baby but for a grown adult.
Valentina is really good at tummy time and actually enjoys being on her belly. The first time I put her on her tummy she didn’t even cry. She has amazing head and neck control for her age.
In the evenings around 9 or 10 pm, she likes to lay in her crib and kicky kick. If you swaddle her during this time she’ll get angry. Since before she was born, V has liked to kick her feet. Right after she was born, my mom remarked that she was really active and strong especially for a newborn. She would kick and move her arms so much. But that’s how she was inside of me, and I guess she didn’t change once she came out.
Valentina has the saddest, cutest sad faces ever. When something goes wrong, the corners of her mouth start to turn down into the biggest frown you’ve ever seen! It’s so so sad and cute.
The sad face is very distinct from the angry face, where the top of her nose crinkles up so tightly and her eyebrows crinkle up and turn green. When this happens, K says oh no! Not the green eyebrows!
When Valentina gets angry, it takes some time to calm her down. Sometimes it takes up to half an hour. She hates being woken up out of a deep sleep by her sister’s squeaky chair. Actually she doesn’t like that squeaky chair at all, even when she’s awake.
Valentina is also a fast milk drinker. She’ll take anywhere from 5 to 15 min, tops and she will just pound it. I think that may be why she has so much gas – she takes in a lot of air when she’s chugging her milk. This is very unlike her sister who would stay attached to my boob all day if given the option.
Sienna has taken on her new role as big sister with so much more maturity than I expected of her. I’m so, so proud of Sienna. There are the occasional bouts of jealousy, but we are almost 2 months in and she is still really loving towards her baby sister.
She’s become my best helper and she’s learning how to do things on her own. She has learned to put her own dishes in the sink. She can change her own diaper. She poops in the toilet. She can even put on her own pants, and we are working on shirts.
For Halloween, Sienna wanted to be the big bad wolf from the 3 little pigs story. But a happy wolf! We practiced trick or treating at home the week leading up to Halloween, but Sienna understood what we were doing and got to eat her own Halloween candy this year.
Sienna is so observant and smart. And she’s so imaginitive. Her favorite games mimic the Berenstein Bears books which have become her new favorite books. She calls me Mama Bear, and herself Sister Bear. She copies the little things that Valentina does, for instance mimicking her cry and pulling her own hair. She’s still so in touch with other people’s emotions, especially mine. When I’m a little bit sad or somethings not right, Sienna is the first one to ask me what’s wrong.
Sienna starts talking from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to bed. It’s a constant stream of nonstop chatter and singing all day long (and sometimes crying).
She still has some vestiges of toddlerhood – the occasional tantrum and uncontrollable crying; the diapers – but behind my back, she’s starting to turn into a little girl.
It’s certainly not easy being a mommy but it’s rewarding and totally worth it.