James turned 22 weeks old yesterday... I forgot to take a pic so I will do that tomorrow.
I almost don't want to say it because it might be cursing myself... but James has been sleeping better. Not long stretches, mind you, just not waking up except for feedings. He also has gone down by himself for almost all his naps today. That is a HUGE improvement and makes my life SOOOO much better! Of course now that I say that I see him stirring on the monitor as I put him to bed, but hopefully he will go back to sleep...
He also ate some more rice cereal tonight. I made it thicker and he is starting to get the hang of opening his mouth for the spoon and even swallowing some of it. I think on Thanksgiving I will give him some of the sweet potatoes I made and froze earlier this month... he's gotta have some Thanksgiving food, right?
Speaking of which, I did our Thanksgiving shopping today. I was planning on taking Eliot with me, but at the last minute we had to send Eliot up to Salem to get a Christmas tree from my dad (who was meeting him halfway and had to go at that time because of the bad weather). So James and I shopped for the turkey all be we twosies. And let me tell you... it wasn't easy.
I carried him in my new Ergo carrier (which is great!), but he is still a month shy of being able to be carried on my back, and at 16.5 lbs he is a lot of weight to be on my front. He can't sit yet, so I can't put him in the shopping cart. And so there I was, me and my baby leaning into the freezer trying to sift through frozen turkeys and find one that was 10 lbs. I finally gave up because James was getting cold and my back hurt and got a 12.34lb turkey (leftovers are good, right?).
I am looking forward to Thanksgiving but am feeling a bot overwhelmed getting the house ready. I know it is just my family and no one will mind if things aren't perfectly clean (ie cobwebs) but I still would like things to look nice. The menu should be pretty tasty and I am making some things ahead of time, so the turkey will be the main event that day. I haven't made a turkey since the first year we were married and living in Ireland, so we'll see how that goes...
In the meantime, I am finishing wrapping my Christmas gifts and trying not to think about the fact that we don't know where we are going to be next year that this time.
At least James fell asleep on his own while I wrote this. That's enough of a blessing for now.