Wednesday, December 8, 2010

my wirey baby.

Have you ever been so tired that when you finally get the chance to sleep, you're so excited that your brain goes into overdrive and you can't sleep?

That's where I'm at.

We have, what my mom likes to call, a "wirey baby." She pretty much wants to be wide-eyed all during the day. Even when I'm holding her while she's asleep, her eyes will randomly pop open and stare at me. I have no idea why. But just as I was writing this earlier, she woke up from her nap in her swing, so I'm continuing this post 3 hours after starting it.


The most common remark we get about Adalyn is, "Wow, she's so alert!" She is constantly looking around and bobbing her head around.. If she isn't asleep, then she looks just like this:

And she likes to stand up too. And not be held like a baby. And she likes to face out and look around. What is up with that!? Where did my baby go, and why does she think she's already 2 years old!? Why! :)

But really, back to the "wirey" business. She is insanely alert and is, what Dr. Sears likes to call, a "high-needs baby." Babies that refuse to be in make-shift mommy gadgets, like swings. She really only wants to be held by me these days, which leads to me never, ever getting a break. Ever. During the day, I can hold her until she is TOTALLY asleep, limp-limbed and everything. Yet, when I place her down (GENTLY!!!!), she still wakes up after 5 minutes of being out of my arms.

If you know how to cure this, let me know. Please? Pretty please, folks. I've tried all of Dr. Sears's techniques too - and they DO work for her, but only at night!

But back to my sweet Adalyn - she's sitting in my lap right now watching the computer screen, learning all about blogging. She stole the hearts of two female tech sergeants yesterday at the deployment briefing. I started to cry when she received her recordable, The Night Before Christmas, and ended up making one of the tech sergeants cry too! Whoops! She had to leave the room to keep from crying in front of everyone! We move home on the 23rd and have our plane ticket booked. I'm not nervous about flying with her at all.. but I am nervous about getting through security with her and carrying everything by myself. Hopefully the lines won't be long, and things will go quickly.


And for a quick update:
She was sleeping 5 hours, then 3 hours, then 2 hours (in that order) at night. Though last night she did a 3 hour stretch, then a 2 hour, then a 1 hour. Mommy does not approve of that schedule.

She's back to hating bath time. She loved bath time in KY and hates it in VA, and we use the exact same tub. What's the difference?! Who knows.

It takes an insane amount of coaching to get her to take a pacifier. My midwife says that breastfed babies usually reject pacifiers until they're older. She'll take a Nuk if she's desperate. And if she's desperate, we are really desperate!

I suppose we'll be celebrating Christmas on Saturday. Though we only bought presents for Adalyn, it will be fun to give them to her in front of our little Christmas tree. She told me earlier that what she really wants is for Daddy's deployment orders to be canceled.

Mark is due home any minute. Actually, he just arrived. Adios!


  1. She is adorable! When I was a baby I was only content if I was being held by my mom too. My mom always says she could do anything one handed...make dinner, do the laundry, clean the bathroom, because I was always in her other arm! But the good news is we're still close today!! Hope you get some sleep though!

  2. She's soooo cute! I have no idea what to do about her popping awake at night! I wish I could help! E is in a stage of ONLY wanting Chris when he gets home. Understandable, certainly, but I cannot even dare to rock him to sleep or else he will buck like a wildman and pitch a fit! But Chris? He can rock him to sleep in mere minutes. (At least he's only like that when Chris is home. During the day? He's a dream for me to rock and cuddle while he falls asleep!)

    And just so you knoooow, you can bypass all the security lines at the airport! Since you'll have A with you, they'll let you just cut right in front of everyone to get through, no matter how long the line is. :) I had a security guard see me standing there and usher me through, so I don't know what to do if a security guard isn't around? Maybe ask when you check your bags! (If you have any to check??)

  3. I love your bright eyed baby! She's so cute. I kinda wish Elijah was so alert. Today all he's wanted to do is sleep. So I wonder how tonight will be. :/ I hope yall have a good Christmas! I'm sure Mark will remeber it while he's gone. I'm sure you will have a good flight home and I'll be praying for you while you are going through secuity. I'm sure that can be tought being by yourself. Oh, And I have the same problem with Elijah waking up when I put him down. Sometimes he'll be ok, and stay asleep, but sometimes he wakes right up. Maybe they'll stop doing it. lol!

  4. She's so cute! I hope she starts sleeping better soon though, being super tired all the time cannot be fun. :(