It's thunderstorming right now which feels pretty wonderful. Clark says guess what, the plants are taking a shower. They are. Good for them. I think it would feel physically nice to be a plant, probably thin and flexible and dancery. It would get pretty boring though.
I have posted on twitter a few times about Hal and all of his needs. High needs. I think he is technically a high needs baby (he is everything on that list), but I feel like I have to clarify that he isn't nonstop fussy or unhappy or driving me crazy. If I had to describe him, I'd say he just seems annoyed that he is a baby. He wants to be big. He wants to walk and talk. He wants to feed himself. He is happy and smart and he has great motor skills and he waves and tries to say "hi" and smiles a ton and is so, so ticklish. But his emotions are Big and he lets you know how he feels. He is intense and energetic. He never stops moving. Trying to co-sleep with him is like trying to sleep with a raccoon. And he wakes up every morning somewhere around 4am and stays awake yelling and wiggling and doing the raccoon thing for hours, until the big kids wake and it is a new day. And he KEEPS ME UP all of that time. UP and AWAKE, most of the night! So I am very very tired and grouchy until about 11 every morning. I have to drink my coffee and put my makeup on and get dressed and stare myself in the mirror and repeat that I Can Do Stuff before I start feeling like a normal human being. I'm not dying or miserable or anything with all of this. I am mostly perplexed, slightly amused, slightly frustrated, and tired. But whatever, whenever I look at him, greet him, or talk to him, I smile. And talk babytalk. And pinch his little cheeks and he always smiles back and laughs, even if then he goes right back to yelling at me like he's in charge of my life, which I guess he kind of is right now.
Do or did you have a high needs baby? Did they stay kind of fussy or get a little easier as they learned to talk and walk? My theory is that Hal will sleep better when he can do the things he wants to do and be independent, but my belief is rooted mostly in hope. Clark was/is a spirited toddler and preschooler but a pretty average sweet baby. Alice was a very mellow baby, really as easy as can be, and is kind of a pill nowadays though still very cuddly. Ahhhh, these unique complicated baby kids! It's like they're little PEOPLE or something!
Edited to add! I almost forgot to include the fact that Hal is eight months old today. He is. Eight months. Also wanted to include this video because Luke and I looked right at each other when we saw it and said, "THAT IS SO HAL" to each other This is so Hal. Ha.