This blue elephant was a gift to Juniper when she was a baby and it is from my college friend Lisa. Joey seems to really like holding on to it, and it has become his lovey for naps and night time sleep at home. If he is laying on his back and I hand him this elephant, he holds it with his left hand, puts his right thumb in his mouth and rolls over onto his right side. It is adorable!
Here's Joey after his 2nd day of daycare. He looked tired when I picked him up and he started to fall asleep in the car seat on the drive home but then woke up when we got inside. So here are pictures of him soothing himself with his toys and sucking his thumb. Now it is 7 pm and peaceful. I'm going to wash the bottles and figure out something to eat. Juni had some healthy snacks when we got home but not official dinner yet. Today was an emotional day for me because it is really hard to leave Joey at a new place for care while I go to work. Luckily he seems fine with it and they said he smiled a lot while he was there. I also miss my mom who went back to the east coast. It was great spending time with her while she was here.
Here's Joey with his favorite teething ring. It is easy for him to hold on to for long periods of time and he seems to like holding it while sucking his thumb and drifting off to sleep. It was misplaced for the past week or so and I really missed it! My mom and I tried to replace it with something else but the other teething rings we had were too big or made of possibly unsafe plastic. We bought 2 new teething rings/chew toys on two different days in the past week. However both new toys were not as easy to keep in his hand--they didn't seem to comfort him the way the simple wood ring does. Tomorrow he starts going to daycare and I really wished he could have his ring with him for nap time so I started looking for it again tonight. I told Juni what I was looking for and she found it! It was under our bed. I was so happy. And sure enough he was able to keep it in his hand when he drifted to sleep. Sometimes when falling asleep if he starts to whine or stir I can just put this in his hand and then he sucks his thumb and falls asleep. He holds it in his left hand so he can suck his right thumb. I'm glad he can have it with him for nap time for his first day of school tomorrow (we are calling it school around our house but really it is daycare). I know he will be fine there, but I've been feeling pretty nervous today with getting everything ready. Now everything is packed and by the front door except for the milk which is in the refrigerator. He had a bath tonight and soon I will brush my teeth and go to sleep, too. He's now 5 months old!