There are two significant things about the photo below.
Can you guess?
#1 Olive’s outfit
Background: My dad was here this past weekend to visit and meet Olive. He also brought with him everything left at his house that belongs to me. It basically looked like we just moved in. He packed his SUV to the brim – seriously. He honestly couldn’t fit in another thing. Unfortunately this has not come at a convenient time, as you may have been able to guess. It’s quite the daunting task and while I shouldn’t be tackling the pile of treasures (and trash!) quite so hard… I am. Clutter seriously stresses me out and this is clutter to the max.
I have found things to keep, things to recycle, things to throw away, things to freecycle, things to donate, things to sell on etsy, etc. I have also found many things for Olive! I’m trying to be good and keeping only the most useful items and most important and memorable things from my childhood. In addition to piles of stuffed animals and dolls there are piles and piles of clothing!
That brings us to this morning. I took that photo this morning shortly after waking up with Olive. Olive is wearing my dress! Isn’t that neat? Though it didn’t last long.. it was a little too dressy for my taste and she didn’t have anything decent to wear on her legs.
#2 Olive has a pacifier in her mouth.
She made it to shortly before being one month old before entering into the world of pacifier. I was attempting to avoid it or at least put it off for a while so as not to interfere with breastfeeding but last night.. oh last night.. She was suddenly wide awake as Tyler and I had watering tired blurry eyes and were dreaming of our bed. Her wide awake state was coupled with bouts of intense fussiness. She was swaddled. We were holding her. We were rocking her. We were walking with her. And none of it was quite good enough. Tyler got into bed and it started again. I was at a loss and reluctantly asked if I should try the pacifier. I went to her room, grabbed one, and popped it in. It didn’t take long for her to calm down. Her blinking became labored. She drifted off to sleep and had no qualms with being set into her bassinet and tightly tucked in. It took me a while to fall asleep because of the silly sucking and squeaking sounds she was making.
The pacifier popped in and out of her mouth throughout the night. Luckily it didn’t seem to bother her much when it fell out. She slept decently and only woke up twice for diaper changes and feedings (much better than the 3-4 times during previous nights).
I gave her the pacifier this morning, when this photo was taken, so I could run to the bathroom to “get ready” for the day without too much fussing.