Her personality, since birth, has been very calm and chilled out. She very rarely does that screaming crying thing that Lilly used to do all the time, and if Isla does do it, we know something’s up! She is a great eater and loves her milk, but you generally get plenty of notice that she is getting hungry as she will start making the occasional cry and get agitated. (With Lilly, it was like switching on a light. One minute, fine, next minute “WAAAAAAAAA I’M HUNGGRRRRRRRYYYYYYY“). If there is a serious delay in milk, Isla can build herself up to that level, but it is rare. The only other times she might really let rip with crying is a bedtime or nap time, if she has become a little overtired.
Her sleeping is really good. We managed to get into a bedtime routine around eight weeks old, and she started to sleep through at 10 weeks. Now she tends to go to bed between 6-7pm and wakes around 5am. A couple of times, she has woken earlier, and sometimes I have fed her and put her back down, but usually that’s her, up for the day *yawn*.
At first I struggled getting her to sleep at night without lots of crying. Tony works afternoons-evenings so he is only here for bedtime at the weekends. I was determined to get both girls in bed at a decent hour, so that I’d have time to myself in the evenings to tidy up, cook dinner and maybe even relax a little! So I persevered through the crying and she would eventually drop off. But when Tony was home he didn’t like hearing the crying so he tried putting her to bed. And he managed it without the crying – which showed it was possible – just plenty of cuddles and distracting her by smiling etc – and bedtimes have been a lot easier ever since. Now, she will generally shuffle about for five minutes then drift off without a fuss, sometimes with a dummy, sometimes with her thumb.
Up until a week or so ago we had also used the white noise app on the iPhone for those times when she has fussed and cried a lot before settling – or, if all else failed, the real hairdryer! But then she started being just as soothed by a teddy which plays the lullabye ”Go To Sleep, Little One”, which seems a bit nicer all round, really! She seems to love it and it really helps her relax and drift off. (None of this would EVER have worked on Lilly!)
Like her Big Sister, Isla is a thumb sucker and recently learnt how to suck the thumb on her left hand too, for a bit of variety! Like Lilly, you know that once that thumb goes in, there’s a good chance sleep will follow!
Development wise, she does lots of smiling, and has been making a sound like a “Huuuuuuuurrrrrrrrr!” for a while, which is a giggle trying to come out! And yesterday, it finally emerged – a lovely little chuckle! I rushed to get the phone to video her giggling, but should have known better – she isn’t a poser for the camera and whenever I bring the camera out she stops doing what she’s doing to look at the camera inquisitively instead!
I can tell she has reached that stage where she has begun to get frustrated at times at her lack of mobility. She no longer likes sitting in her bouncy chair for very long, as she always strains to be sat upright. She doesn’t like to be held in a cradle position unless she’s really sleepy. She is happiest when sat on somebody’s lap or if somebody holds her upright while they’re stood up. I remember Lilly being the same. She also loves kicking about on her playmat by herself (although that is a rare luxury as Lilly rather likes joining her, which means poor Isla is rather pushed for space!)
Her neck muscles still aren’t particularly strong, so we really should do more tummy time than we do. She used to hate it, but she’ll tolerate it a little longer now. The other day I was letting her hold my finger and helping her roll over, she was really helping by using her leg mucles and now she has started trying to do it all by herself. She’s not quite there just yet!
She still sleeps in her moses basket in our room, but is rapidly outgrowing it. I am happy to note that she has not grown out of the carrycot on her Sola yet – Lilly was out of the pram part of her Silver Cross 3d by about two months, so we were always keen that Isla’s pram would have a bit more longevity to it. She has a lot of her naps in the pram still, but we have also been trying to get her to nap in her cot. When she was newborn she could sleep for hours even with a noisy toddler playing in the same room, but nowadays she only gets a really long and quality nap if she gets a little bit more peace!
Soon it will be time for Lilly and Isla to share a bedroom – which I am looking forward to and dreading in equal measure! Lilly is still waking up in the night and crying, which will disturb Isla, and Isla wakes up at the crack of dawn, which will disturb Lilly. I think we will be in for a bumpy ride when we make that transition…
Isla’s favourite things at the moment are baths (full of smiles), my singing and daddy’s funny faces (which make her giggle), her Loopy Links, milk (she’s feeding every 3 hours, max), and her playmat.
Oh, and she has well and truly found her voice. I woke up this morning to that lovely baby cooing. Such a nice sound that manages to make that 5.30am wakeup call just a little bit more bearable! In the right mood she will make all kinds of sounds and is on the verge of a happy squealing sound. The effect of this is that Lilly now also likes to lie on the playmat and make “baaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaa naaaaaaaaa naaaaaa” noises! Seems she is regressing and growing up in equal measure since becoming a big sister!
Isla is a little chunky chops like her sister was and has just made the transition to 6-9 months clothes. I must confess I haven’t taken her to be weighed since (ahem) she was (ahem) six weeks old (bad mummy!) so I have no idea what she weighs. But I do know she’s eating well and growing well, so no worries there.
All in all she is a total joy and although I want her to stay a little cuddly baby forever, I also can’t wait to see her personality develop and watch her take all those lovely milestones. Next up, rolling over and sitting up solo…