LNF, that's great to hear! And you remind me -- I'm vaguely surprised that no one has claimed the Platinum Bejewed Birth Stool of Winning at Darwin. Not it!
AFM -- We got out a jumper for Sprout today. He LOVED it! He'd stand still, then jump... jump... jump-jump-JUMP-JUMP-JUMP!!!! Then stand still. Then JUMP JUMP JUMP again!!! I put him in there 3 times today; the last time, I finally pulled him out after 15 minutes because I couldn't imagine that much time in there was great for his huge noggin. But, wow, he was fun to watch.
Jen, I think Sprout and Symphony would get along well, somehow. She loves her jumper, too, and they both sound similarly sweet and sensitive.
Ivy, thanks for what you said, it totally helps. I do check in with myself a LOT about whether I am worrying about sleep because of how I feel, or because of an outside force. And it's really divided for me. On one hand, I think, hey, if she's happy and we're both reasonably well rested, then do what works, even if it's just letting her suck on my finger each and every time. On the other hand... well, tonight it took 45 minutes of finger sucking to get her to drift off deep enough for me to sneak away. We do everything I can think of (consistent bedtime routine, white noise, etc) but sometimes she just really needs that decompression time and it's hard that that's the only way she seems to be able to get it. Also, sleep is still not great (though I would say better than the 4 month period! but maybe I've just gotten used to it ), and I am spending most of the time in her room, which is sad for me and DH. We don't cosleep in our bed because it's old and uncomfy, and I am so sensitive that having TWO people in bed with me is kind of overstimulating. And S won't sleep much in her crib anymore. Oh, how I miss the days she would just wake up to nurse until at least 5am!
However, I am doing this thing where I think, "I'll just let us do whatever's easiest until after my big work season is over/ until she's 6 months/ etc"... and I have a feeling I will keep kinda pushing that back until she just naturally gets a little more independent or sleeps longer periods. We'll see! I am 99% sure that she is NOT a child that CIO would "work" for anyway, and I can't seem to get past Phase 1 of the NCSS "Pantley Pull Off Method" for sucking to sleep associations so I'm not sure I have a choice anyway, ha ha!
Sme, so glad you're back! That SUCKS about the parasite, I do hope you're feeling better soon. What are you eating to try to get some weight back? What a drag...