Little things 

I find myself forgetting a lot of the little things that I used to write in my monthly updates, so I thought I’d jot down a few tonight while Darwin is falling asleep. 

Darwin’s current favorite activity has to be gymnastics, or anything to do with hopping, running, or tumbling. She runs with her little friends. She is forging new friendships through chase games that are really just running running running together. I love seeing her use her body so confidently. 

Linnea is in a hurry to be able to keep up and began crawling last week. Considering that she started moving backwards at 4.5 months, this is not terribly surprising to me. Nothing in our house is safe, including big sister’s toys.

Darwin loves her sister, but the level of adoration that shines from Linnea’s face the second she catches sight or sound of her sister is just awesome. In the mornings, Linnea often wakes Leah up before Darwin wakes me up, so Darwin says “where’s baby Winnea and MamaLee?” First thing almost every morning. And Linnea bounces and grins and shrieks when she sees her sister is awake. These siblings are delightful. 
On the less pleasant side of things, Darwin has had some epic tantrums this week, mostly sleep related. A 45 minute screaming yelling crying episode on Wednesday night, in which nothing worked to help her calm down and she finally just raged out and fell asleep nursing. An hour in the middle of the night crying and telling and kicking me (mostly crying and yelling after I removed her to the living room so she wouldn’t wake Leah and Linnea again). Then today she napped for nearly three hours (she has done this fewer than 5 times in her life) and woke up happy. I’m hopeful that more care in making sleep a priority will help her with the ability to control her emotional state just a little bit more. 

Other tidbits…

Darwin can count now, rather than just listing numbers, and regularly identifies how many of a given thing are present. She hugs her friends happily, whereas she almost always used to say no. When she likes a suggestion she says ‘yes, that’s a grand idea. I think so.’ 

Linnea is still better at sleeping than her sister, although teething has given us a run for our money (up to three this week! 21 more to go…). She has taken to growling very persistently at…everything. broccoli is at the top of her favorite food list. 

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