Friday, November 14, 2008

Simon got a haircut!

His very first one, ever. He's going to be 3 in a couple weeks, and I guess I could have waited until then for hyperbolic effect, but it was driving me nuts, and we had a free hour this morning. Isn't it cute? I am very particular about male hair- I absolutely cannot stand facial hair or guys with long hair. It looks awful to me, no idea why. Distractingly bad. So now Simon is all clean cut and boyish.

He's dropping his nap, though, and really not able to handle it. He's started waking up at night again, having night terrors. I know it's because he's tired. He should go to bed earlier, but he can't, not if Claire Helen is still up. She goes and wakes him up to play/boss him around. Don't feel too bad for him. The other day Mat caught him doing the same thing to Penny. Round and round it goes. Hopefully it will work out soon. It's only been a couple weeks.

But hey, Penny is three months old! She rolled over for the first time today.

Go, Penny, go. Poor thing looks exhausted in that picture, doesn't she? She is. She fell asleep about 25 seconds after I finished taking pictures. I always forget to do these things until she is long overdue for a nap, so she is mostly photographed looking like this:

When she is more of a this kind of baby:

You know, happy, kicky, coo-y. She is a very contented child, I think. Not super ecstatic, not very sensitive. I think she's going to be another slow to warm kind of kid, but she doesn't show quite the same disdain for people trying to make her smile Claire Helen did. She'll do it, play along, but it's clear she finds the whole rigamarole a bit ridiculous. "Are you serious? You are going to talk to me like you are on crack, and I am supposed to smile? Ok, but this is pretty weird, dude." So far I've been pretty dead on in my 3 month guesstimates of their personalities, so I may be a bit cocky. We'll see, won't we?

She's just finally started to look more like her own person:

Very basically Claire Helenish, but with some of her own stuff too.

She's a big baby:
But not quite so Baby Of Unusual Size as Claire Helen was

Don't make fun of my sister, mama. But it's true! You have never seen such a big baby as Claire Helen was. An off the charts, extraordinarily, stupendously, voluminously chubby baby. Penny is just big. 90th percentile, and I get a feeling at her next appointment she'll be on Simon's track- 95th percentile for height, 75th or so for weight.
I worry that I am not feeding her enough. I know she's big, but she is acting hungry. She gets one bottle a night as supplement, but Mat is absolutely loathe to give her any more than that until I'm working. We tend to go with the more conservative opinion when we have a difference, so I'm trying to stick it out. I nurse her as often as I can, in an effort to get my supply up. She is super fussy at the boob, and is very likely going to yank it off one of these times. I was with a friend yesterday, who just has one kid, but had a heck of a time getting things started in the nursing department with him. She witnessed Penny's crazy thrashing, and as I was (as usual) whining about nursing, she said in almost a whisper (so the Seattle nursing police don't hear us?) "You don't have to do this, you know. I had such an awful time, and made myself keep going. If I had it to do over again, I would have just quit." But I am not sure I have it in me to quit. I can't quite suck it up and go at it stoically, so I'm going to whine, but I can't yet make the decision to quit. Probably by 6 months. Oh, I hate it so. Well, 3 months down. Even if we go a whole year, we're halfway until we can give her solids, and that should help a lot.
Claire Helen was at preschool, so she doesn't get a pictoral update. But this morning in the car, she said "Mommy, we've been going to a lot of playdates after preschool lately. I think we should try something else." Well ok then. Thanks for being direct. So I'm going to go get some candy boxes (boohoo, so sad, please do not tell me that raisin boxes would work just as well) and do the itty bitty city project from this website: Oh she will looooooove it.

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