Molly has been putting herself to bed early (well, early for us) the last few nights. I have to wonder if she's going through another growth spurt. On Saturday we attended a first birthday party (Happy Birthday Lliam) with some other little ones. Molly was very interested in all the new toys. She did great at the party, but decided to get nice and vocal right when it was time to open gifts (sorry for the background noise on the home video). Molly fell asleep on the ride home and then proceeded to take an hour and a half nap after some boob time once we arrived home (nap occurred from 4:30 to 6:00). Then we both fell asleep on the futon after some side feeding just before 9:00 pm. N put us both to bed about an hour later and Molly slept through until just after 8:00 am the next day. She also crashed out after driving home from Lucille's on Sunday and stayed asleep through the transfer from car seat to bed. Plus she's been napping about twice a day (noonish and again late afternoon) for about an hour (and sometimes almost two!). She usually doesn't nap during the day so this is new. I mean she'll crash out for 20-30 minutes after a big feed, but nothing like this.
Tonight we interrupted her late afternoon nap (she crashed out about 5:30 and we woke her up about 20 minutes later... I know dad, we broke the cardinal rule!) for diaper date night. She was overly tired at the movies, but couldn't quite fall asleep. Of course this is the night I forget to bring the boppy with me (she usually konks out on that for at least part of the movie). Once she calmed down with some boob time I put her to bed and she let out a couple cries, but was asleep by the time I closed the door. Here's to hoping she has another long night's sleep!
Molly has started to show some preference to mommy these last few weeks which doesn't make N all that happy. We want her to be happy with anyone she hangs out with and not just me. If she's overly tired and a few minutes on the boob will put her down I'll take her. However, if she just wants me because that's what she wants then she is going to have to learn to deal. If I'm in the room or walking by she will reach out for me and start to cry. Since our house isn't that big the safest place for N to take her and not have to deal with the mommy drive-by is Molly's room. Out of sight, out of mind seems to work best at the moment if it's for a long period of time. However, this morning N came in to say goodbye to us before taking off for the day and Molly started to fuss as he walked away so he came right back to her. When she has separation anxiety over daddy leaving it's totally ok to give her what she wants. Funny how that works out.