Much like her mama, if Annabel is cranky with no obvious cause then warm water will do wonders. Add chocolate, wine and bubbles and all is well again. Ok, that last part just goes for me.
On the recommendation of my sister I got the spa baby tub, which basically is a blue bucket. It's supposed to give babies the feeling of being in the womb and get them on a path to liking water. (Apparently water on lying-flat babies can elicit a startle response.) In any case, Annabel loves bath time. She instantly calms. Then she screams like a banshee when we take her out. She's also been practicing standing up while in there and I think it's a matter of little time until she realizes all the big splashes her little hands can make.
Speaking of her hands, I think I've stunted her motor skills in this area. I've been paranoid about cutting her tiny nails so she almost always wears mittens. I finally got the courage yesterday and yes, god forbid, I cut her finger. Well, I didn't, but you'd think from her purple screaming face that the whole finger fell off. I felt HORRIBLE. The past day she's been trying to get her hands in her mouth and it's pretty funny to watch. She smacks herself in the head, pause, and then her mouth opens. Sometimes she gets lucky and her eyes get big, like how did that get in there?
Annabel has also decided her 5-6 hour stretch of sleep at night is no fun. The past few days she's just slept a couple 2 1/2 hour naps, and tonight - well, it's nearly 2:30 a.m. and no shut eye for either of us. So hopefully it's good-night soon, and I'll leave you with some cute pics of her in the bath. She's looking a bit wary of the camera, but usually she's all smiles in there.