Some of it is probably weaning; it's a relief to be done with pumping, and I have more time. Some of it might be Kavi starting solids -- she has some rice cereal + something (green beans, apples, pears, bananas all seem good so far, and the apple/pear helps with constipation issues (yes, who thought I'd be talking about constipation in a blog, but when you're spent hours and hours trying to soothe a frantic baby trying to handle a very painful episode, trust me, constipation and the avoidance of same looms large in your life)) every day now. Sometimes twice a day. She likes it.
But mostly, it's just that Kavi's turned into a really happy baby. The last few days, she's been consistently cheerful, smiling, giggly most of the time. It is so damn cute. And best of all, able to amuse herself for long periods of time. For the last two hours (!) she's been playing by herself. Sure, she occasionally gets bored and wants a change of scenery. So I moved her from the moses basket to the bed where I was hanging out, then to the living room floor where she can roll around amongst her toys. And when she gets hungry, I give her her bottle, and she feeds herself (somewhat messily). And that's two hours for mommy to check her e-mail, post to Flickr, start some laundry, make and eat breakfast, address some Xmas cards (we're doing a very limited run this year, due to exhaustion, so please don't be offended if you don't get one -- it's mostly just family, who are all excited about the holiday Kavi photo, which you have already seen), and so on. So on!
I am sure there will still be days where I get to do one thing in three hours, if I'm lucky. Tomorrow might even be such a day. But I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Six months -- Heather and Tim, Dan and Nadya, Catie and Beth. Just hang in there. It'll all be good. :-)
Kavi is sitting on my lap now as I type this. She is warm and snuggly and chattering happily and fascinated by mommy's fingers on the keys. It's true, occasionally she does try to eat the laptop screen, but that seems a small price to pay for happy baby.