Happy three-month birthday, Flybaby!
As a special present -- to me -- Fly slept for nine hours last night. Nine! That's the second time he has slept that long. He's usually good for at least six hours at night these days, and even six is something -- waaaay better than the "up every two to three hours" business during his first weeks.
People in the blogosphere and in real life have told me it gets easier after three months. I think it really is easier now, if only because I know Flybaby better and am a more practiced parent. But as my friend Roo says, people will also tell you it gets easier after six months, then 12 months, and on and on. At least until the teenage hormones kick in.
I can't let myself worry about the teen years right now....
Anyway, I thought I'd list some of the things that make my life as a new mama a little bit -- or a whole lot -- easier, and baby stuff I just love.
Nightlights. They live in almost every room of our house now. Thankfully, Flybaby was born just as days were starting to get noticeably shorter, so that may be a contributing factor in how we've helped him get to sleep longer. But around 8 p.m. now, JP and I have started turning off lights and letting the nightlights do their job.
Flybaby's Amby Baby hammock. I seriously think it helps him sleep better and longer. It's cute. And it's quite a conversation piece. (Although those co-sleeper thingies I've seen would be great if I could do this -- h&b's comment, whose permanent link doesn't seem to be working.) I'll post a picture of Fly in his hammock once Blogger lets me.
Gerber cloth diapers, used as burp cloths and drool wipers. And so much more. Flybaby has even taken to holding onto them like a little security blanket.
The mobile hung over the play yard and the Ocean Wonders aquarium toy in the crib. They give me 10 minutes to do stuff I need to do while Fly raptly watches the little characters go around and around.
Lap pads, or whatever you want to call them. Before Flybaby's diapers started fitting, they were great to protect everything he was on. I still have the pads in place on his changing pad, in the hammock and in his car seat.
My Echoes of Nature Ocean Waves CD. I got this in a boxed set of nature sound CD several years ago, and now the waves CD is one of the main ways we calm Flybaby when he's overtired.
And of course, a great husband, JP. I couldn't do this new mama stuff without him.
I guess every parent has his or her favorite things. What are yours?