Evelyn is the middle of Wonder Week 5 – the world of relationships. The Wonder Weeks app says this of the current leap we are in:
One of the most significant relationships that your baby can now perceive is the distance between one thing and another. We take this for granted as adults, but for a baby it is an alarming discovery, a very radical change in his world. The world is suddenly a very big place in which he is but a tiny, if very vocal, speck. Something he wants can be on a high shelf or outside the range of his crib, and he has no way of getting to it. His mother can walk away, even if only into the next room, and she might as well have gone to China if he can’t get to her because he’s stuck.
Evelyn expresses her dislike of me walking away, especially if she can’t see me anymore. It warms my heart, so I don’t mind her protests so much. What I do mind is the sleep disruption seems to bring. She can fall asleep easily, but staying asleep? Not so much.
Some of the ‘symptoms’ of this leap are:
- Having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep
- Has mood swings
- Is not pleased with many things
Fortunately, my girl is very good-natured, and not much makes her upset or makes her lose her cool. We haven’t experienced much (any?) of the last ‘symptom’. Mood swings? Not so much of that, either. But the first one? Ugh.
As with all leaps, she’s learning new things and developing new skills that make all of the trouble with sleep worthwhile. She’s rolling from back to tummy and tummy to back. She’s starting to wiggle her body around (is that creeping?) and can get herself pretty much anywhere within a 5 foot radius.
She yells at Solo when she wants him to come closer. I’d almost swear he can speak ‘Baby’, because he seems to understand her and accommodate her requests so she can pet him (read: pull his fur really, really hard).
Best of all, she’s really laughing. Like really, really laughing. Ignore me yammering in this video. Listen instead to the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard.