After playing hooky from work on Friday to get a haircut and a little relaxation and then dealing with the yard on Saturday, Evelin, Celeste and I had time for a little hike this morning. We loaded up the Piggyback and headed off to Jug Bay Natural Area. We hadn't been there before, but the walk through the Black Walnut Creek Nature Study Area looked short enough to keep Celeste interested but not too short; the only downside was that it was about 20 minutes outside the Beltway and after Celeste's crazy night (more on that in a moment) we knew she was skipping her morning nap, but we weren't sure what she'd be up for.
It turned out pretty good: Only about 1.25 miles, but she seemed to be enjoy herself, spending much of the walk "singing" — at least that's what Evelin thought she was doing. We heard birds, but didn't really see many, but there were tons of dragonflies around and a bunch of frogs, as well as one deer.
Skipping back through the last night or two, we're trying to cut out Celeste's middle-of-the-night feeding. A while ago, she dropped (with a little encouragement) her 4:00 a.m. feeding, but shifted her 11:00 p.m. feeding to somewhere around midnight. This past week, we started trying to just soothe her in the middle of the night with the goal of getting her to sleep through to morning.
On Friday night/Saturday morning, during a big thunderstorm, she woke around 2:00 a.m. screaming. I tried calming her for a while, but Evelin ended up having to come in and nurse her back to sleep. On Saturday night/Sunday morning, there was no thunderstorm, but she was wide awake at a little past 2:00 a.m. After a about an hour-and-a-half, Evelin again had to rescue me (Celeste wasn't crying this time, but she wasn't going to sleep) and ended up nursing her to sleep. In the end, she made up for some of the awake time by sleeping until around 8:00 a.m., but it's not quite what we're aiming for.