Clearly I’m not super good at this blogging thing, considering I only seem to post every other month or so. Things have been a little crazy since my last post though! Shoulder surgery, a visit from my youngest sister and then one from my mom, physical therapy, lots of doctor’s appointments, and then a delightful week of sickness– first me, then Bug, then MamaRae, right in a row. Oof. I’m tired just thinking about it.
The surgery itself went really well, but it was hard restraining myself from using my shoulder for six whole weeks until I got the official OK to lift things and move it more than 90 degrees in any direction. And by “it was hard” I really mean “I didn’t restrain myself.” Because let’s face it, when you have an 8 month old baby, you don’t say, “Sorry kid, my shoulder hurts. I can’t pick you up even though you’re crying.” And besides, I was in baby withdrawal. Sure, MamaRae would put her next to me on the couch so I could snuggle her with my good arm, and sometimes I even picked her up one-armed and held on to her for a few minutes before even my good arm was too wiped out to keep her safe. But when it came down to it, I picked up my baby before I was supposed to because I couldn’t not.
Even so, when I got the OK from the docs and the physical therapist, I was thrilled and relieved to be able to pick her up and carry her around and reinstate the dance parties without fear of ruining the beautiful, working shoulder the surgeon so carefully crafted. And it’s been great for my relationship with my little Boo. I think we were unsure of each other for a while. She was out of the habit of spending lots of time with me, so wasn’t as likely to respond to me when she needed comfort. She had changed a lot in the 6 weeks since I was really able to take point with her, and even though I was there to *see* the changes, it was different from knowing how to interact with this new, grown up baby and respond appropriately to her needs. In fact, yesterday was the first time she napped while in my exclusive care (credit where due– MamaRae put her down for her nap before leaving for work, but she woke up about 30 minutes later and I was able to successfully bounce her back to sleep!), and last night I was able to get her to sleep (though after 10 pm, yikes!). That was the moment that I really felt like I was back, like I was able to function fully as a parent again. What relief!
In the past month and a half since I last posted, little Bug has figured out mobility- she’s still doing the ‘army crawl’ more than actual hands-and-knees crawling, but it’s there- managed to pull herself up to a standing position, and go from her belly to a sitting position. She does a few steps of ‘cruising’ at a time, though mostly prefers to hold on to a prop and bounce around like she’s dancing. That’s my girl! Her 9 month WellBaby worksheet was enough to convince me that she’s totally on track despite not really crawling, as she is in the upper levels of development in all the categories, from gross to fine motor skills, interpersonal and problem solving. My perfect baby.
I feel like there are a million other things I could talk about, but it’s my goal to post every day, at least for a while, so I have to save up my material for later posts!
In conclusion, here is a picture of my cute baby, being cute: