Saturday was a bit long. Evy really didn't want to nap and only wanted to be held and the heat added to both my exhaustion and my frustration. By the time we got her to bed at nine o'clock I was wiped. Paul had to wake up early and work so he left at four in the morning - and I went back to sleep. I woke up again at 6am, 7:30am & finally forced myself out of bed at 8am. I was shocked that Evy hadn't woken me up - ever since I began to wake her to nurse (though with the realization of why my milk supply was low - I'd decided to stop) she hasn't been sleeping through the night. But, at 8am she was still asleep in her bed. I picked up my book and read for about a half hour until I heard her beginning to wake up.
I've learned that if I get her out of bed and on my breast quick enough, she wakes happy and generally stays that way for awhile. This was true yesterday, and we had a happy, smiley morning where I took her back to my bedroom and read her some Harry Potter. I hit two birds with that stone, because I wanted to keep reading and she was wildly entertained by my many attempts at British accents. Soon she started nodding off though, so I stopped reading out loud and she went back to sleep for another hour. This was what we did for most of the day - she slept and I read and it was NICE. I hate to make it sound like I'm only happy when she's sleeping, but the truth is that I really needed some quiet time and she gave it to me - bless her little heart. By the time we did get going - to meet my sister for our postponed Sister Night - she was still all smiles. We had some lunch where she was not only smiling but also LAUGHING! It was amazing, I got so excited I almost spilled my drink.
After lunch we walked around the mall - where she was good despite the fact that I tried to use the sling when it was too hot. She let us window shop and roam around Old Navy until they closed. Then, because the sun hadn't set yet, we just hung out in the wonderful fountain area outside. We were in the shade but since the day had been so hot it was wonderfully perfect. After that we went to Target and strolled around, where she was again pretty well behaved - napping in her car seat in the shopping cart.
By the time I got her home I still felt wonderful and I was sad to see her go to sleep even though it was close to 10pm. She'd been such a dream all day, I just wanted to keep her happy and smiling at me forever.