I love learn. In fact, when I went back to get my master's degree...I loved being in class again. I loved being a teacher and watching my students learn. And now, I love being a mama and watching Caroline learn. She learns new things daily. I blink and she's mastered a new skill. I love that she loves to learn.
She gets frustrated when she can't figure out how to do something on her own (as we all do). Yesterday, it was the spoon. She wants so desperately to feed herself, that she takes the spoon from me and is attempting to do it on her own. She's far from mastering this skill as she isn't coming close to having the right upward angle to get food actually into her mouth- but boy does she want to learn. I have her hold on and I show her the motion that she needs to achieve in order to use the spoon successfully. She was so excited about this, she insisted on bringing the spoon with her on our outing to shop for Father's day.
The excitement of it all keeps her awake for awhile, so yesterday I tried a new tactic. I placed her on her belly about 10 minutes before her nap. She rolled. I rolled her back. She rolled. I rolled her back. We did this a few times, until she was definitely showing signs of being tired. I placed her in her crib and crossed my fingers that she'd had enough practice and would want to sleep. It worked! We got our 2 hour naps back (instead of the 30 min naps we had over the weekend).