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Entry 22 - October 30, 2009
Fall Fun With Will (And Friends)

Katie and WillIt's so funny to compare our life last year with having newborn Will to our life this year with toddler Will. It is night and day. Literally!

Last year at this time, Will was finally, finally starting to sleep. After weeks of no sleep, and me at the end of my rope, he started sleeping stretches that kept getting longer and longer. Now, for the most part, I would say we have a good sleeper on our hands. Usually, Will is in bed by 7:30 PM and awake by 8 AM. He takes a solid afternoon nap from about 12:30 to 2:30 or even 3! Our days our predictable, but I would NEVER call them boring!

With all of the sleep that we are getting, we have a lot of energy to burn off during the day. There is rarely a day that we don't make it outside, whether it is for a walk to the park or story time at the library. We got out a lot this fall, as Pacific Northwest winters are dreary and rainy, making it difficult to get outside much. We went to THREE different pumpkin patches this year. Will loved the animals and playing on hay bales.

WillAnother difference between then and now is how much Will eats. As a newborn, his appetite was consistent. He could nurse CONSTANTLY. While some of it might have been comfort nursing, I really do believe most of it was simply hunger. The two things that I found very surprising about nursing was #1 how much it HURT at first. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved my nursing experience and I would advocate that, if all was okay with mother and baby, a woman should at least give it a try to see how they feel about it. I would never say the pain should keep you from nursing, since it DOES get better with time. But how long it takes to get better was what shocked me. It was kind of misleading, too, because everyone said, "Oh, if it hurts, you are doing it wrong." Perhaps if it hurts throughout the entire nursing session, then yes, but latch on hurt for a good six weeks. And when Will went on huge binges were he wanted to nurse constantly, it hurt pretty constantly. That tender skin just isn't used to that type of use, and it takes time to toughen things up a bit.

As a toddler, Will's appetite is hit and miss. When he is teething, he doesn't want anything to eat. I make him fruit and yogurt smoothies and he does seem to like those, but that's about all he'll eat some days. Then, there are days, when I swear, he eats more than I do!

WillMy confidence as a mother has grown by leaps and bounds. I still don't know what to do a lot of the time, but I second guess myself a lot less. I don't freak out about small things as much as I used to, although there are still things that throw me for a loop. Our latest issue is separation anxiety, though I will save that for another entry.

I liked the newborn phase, but honestly, this age is a lot more fun. We can go out, we can do things, we all sleep through the night, and my love for this little guy grows more and more each day! I do miss that sweet little newborn, though. I look at my son now and don't see a baby, but a little kid. It's a good feeling, but it does make me wistful. It sounds so cliche but they truly do grow so fast!

~ Katie

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