Wednesday, January 12, 2011

15 minutes

Fifteen minutes. For the past few days, that’s about how long Violet will sit contentedly when she’s awake. There might be smiling, there might be cooing, definitely some flailing of limbs, and most likely some passing of gas, but after fifteen minutes the fussing starts. Her breathing comes in short bursts, she turns various shades of red, and the corners of her mouth pull down into an adorably heart-breaking frown. We try various interventions, but we almost always end up pacing from the kitchen to the living room and back again with her draped over one shoulder. That’s her go-to position, be it the middle of the day or the middle of the night. When she's perched there, she's happy. There’s no denying the pleasant sensation of her leaning her head against my ear and feeling a big sigh leave her small frame, but it’s frustrating not being able to look at her. I can’t help wonder if there’s something wrong with her or with us; I tell myself that, of course, there's not, but what is it that leaves us with such a small window of contented face time? Maybe my beard frightens her...

 53 days old


  1. I think you're both making that up. She's so content in EVERY picture! Seriously, my youngest was the same way and it took lots of Dr. visits to prove that there was nothing wrong. Here's to some quiet time for all of you!

  2. Amy K,

    I'm not making it up, I swear. She looks so content in the pictures because when you take as many as we do, it's easy to find one or two where she looks happy! Seriously though, she has started to mellow out over the past couple days - starting to interact more with us, smiling a lot more, looking right at us - at least it seems that way. Whether it's really happening or not, we're loving it!