I've been away on vacation for the past week but have been checking in sporadically.
Mamapigeon and others--I also am really lonesome for mommy friends. Over the past three weeks or so I've been making an effort to find some, but it's tough to find people whom I really click with. I started going to a new moms group at a local hospital. The interaction is great and it's really fun seeing the different ages of babies (the group is for 0 thru 12 months) but it's a moderated group and there's not as much time for just fun social chit chatting and I'm not sure how much I have in common with all the others there.
I did really click with someone from my childbirth class--we got together a couple weeks ago. She has a toddler as well, though, so it was hard to have sustained conversation. Otherwise, I also met the wife of someone in my grad department--her son is about a month younger than Eliza. She's really nice and I hope we can get together soon--but I think I'm also having a throwback to some of my social anxiety from middle/high school. It's scary to be like, "Wanna be friends"?!
I look forward to when Eliza is old enough to take to playgrounds, etc. There is a "play cafe" near where I live. I went there with the toddler mom I mentioned above and it was bliss--lots of moms just hanging out, breastfeeding, chatting about their kids--but it's really aimed more at toddlers and up.
Pattimomma--thanks for the feedback re daycare. I think she will take a bottle eventually with some practice. DH got her to drink a little from a "Breastflow" nipple today, but it seems really slow/inefficient--she could figure out how to suck it but not much seemed to actually get into her mouth, and then she got frustrated. I tried a basic rubber nipple and she couldn't figure out how to suck on it, so I think the wide-base kind is the way to go. I'm going to pick up some Playtex Drop-Ins or something similar, because that's the one that seems most frequently recommended. Oh yeah, and RE exersaucer--does your sister live near you? Maybe the two of you could split the cost since hers will be ready for it after yours is done with it?
Our vacation went well. I was really worried about it. The first few days she did fine--slept like a champ in a borrowed pack n' play, even doing a couple of 8+ hour stretches! Then the last three days it went to hell--she was impossible to settle, super restless, waking up every 2-3 hours. I think it was a combination of overstimulation (grandparents and aunties playing with her nonstop, plus going in a swimming pool for the first time!), unfamiliar setting, and trying to roll over--she has been thumping her legs like crazy and rolling onto her side, but not all the way yet. I can't believe I survived the five hour drive home, just me and her, and me on about four hours of sleep. But we made it somehow. Last night we were home again and it wasn't great, but much better--after several false starts she slept 5 hours and then another 2 hours, and then an hour after that.
Just since my last post, she has turned into a star napper. It is crazy. Just out of the blue she's been doing 1+ hour naps, and seems to have nearly mastered putting herself to sleep (!). I'm pinching myself--both times today it's been as simple as swaddling her and putting her in the crib, then she's out within 10 minutes. I'm sure my luck will change again, though. It is awe-inspiring, though, seeing the developmental leaps speed ahead. Also, I figured out her ideal "awake window" seems to be just about 2 hours on the dot. I think I was trying to put her down too early before and then getting frustrated when I couldn't get her to sleep.
Wehrli/Mamapigeon--I just busted out an (older) exersaucer my cousin gave me. We're going to try it at dinner tonight. I hate parking her places but sometimes I just need a moment, and since she will only let me wear her facing out it's hard to get things done with her on me (very awkward weight distribution). I look forward to when she'll let me put her on my back so I can do chores more easily with her attached.
Puddle--Congrats on a good WBV! What are his percentiles? I really have no concept of how much babies are supposed to weigh/how tall is "normal" at this age. Eliza seems huge to me--I am almost certain she's well over 15 lbs but I have no idea how tall. Our appointment is this Wednesday, so we'll see!