Thursday, December 08, 2011

Are you happy, movement and advice.

1. I tell the health visitor, and she looks straight at me and says: "Are you happy doing those night feeds? Do you mind them?" I think for a moment and I say that mostly I like to feed him when it's still and quiet, but there are nights when I'm so tired I want to curl up and die. She says: "It's never too late to teach them to sleep by themselves, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. There's always something we can try."

2. "He's very..." She looks down at Alec, a blur of excited arms and legs, babbling, pen stealing, thrilling and giggling as he rolls over, eats a sheet of stickers and tears up the paper changing mat. "He's very active."

3. She hands me my tiny bag of treasure and I hang it on the handle of the pushchair... "Oh," she gasps, "don't put it there. It's got glass in it!" She takes it and tucks it into the hood.
I am dazed and apologise for being careless with the beautiful things that she sells. "I'm all over the place at the moment," I confess. "I leave a trail of lost things..."
"Do you?!" she is surprised, it seems to me. "You need grounding," she adds almost dreamily.
I'm so very glad I walked into Blue Moon Gallery on a whim because the baby was asleep. (Go and have a look if you're around -- Iaysha Salih really does have the most fantastic taste.)

2 comments:

  1. I finally weaned my daughter at night when she was 18 months old and I was pregnant with her sister. I thought it would be horrible, but it wasn't, and it was amazing to get a full night's sleep -- which we almost immediately started getting. Anyway -- she was older than Alec is now, but it's something to look forward to in the not-so-distant future. In our case, it was not nearly as difficult to do as I had worried it would be. The fact that he is already understanding you will make it easier. I think we just cuddled and I told her she could nurse in the morning and in a few nights she didn't wake up.

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