This week has been loaded with mini-milestones for both boys. This means that Mom-o has to start getting crafty to outwit her little guys when needed!
For instance, Finn has started to understand and repeat the sequence of numbers from one to five. He has also started to buy into the idea of just eating "a couple more bites" of something before he is allowed to get down from the table. It's great because now we don't face flat-out resistance to eating his dinner, he cops a plea bargain. This is where Mom-o takes advantage of the little perp, saying "two more bites" and then working on our numbers as he continues to eat. "One bite! Two bites! What's after two? Three! Four! Do you remember what comes after four? Five!" After he eats a decent amount of dinner I ease up on the counting, but I figure learning and eating is a good combo!
Henry, too, is working on a lot of things. He's grabbing and pinching everything in sight, including my skin while he nurses. I've introduced Ollie the owl in hopes that he'll grab and twist *him* instead of me, and it works sometimes. Henry's also turned a corner on napping, it seems. I am now able to dispense with the rocking and holding before putting him in his crib. Now I just put him straight in while he is awake but ready to sleep, and he does the rest. He's also starting to nap for a decent amount of time (anything over 60 minutes is fantastic), and can resettle himself if he partially wakes during the nap. Yesterday he had two big long 2-hour naps instead of three 30-minute ones. *That* is a development worth celebrating!