Within a week and a half, Avtalyon has gone from Screamiest Baby Ever to... how do I put this? The Kind of Baby I Thought Only Belonged to Other People.
He's amazingly good-natured, although that's kind of been there for a while. But last week, he started to sleep, well, more or less normally. As in, he takes three naps a day, two of them quite long (like 2 hours, sometimes more). I nurse him, plunk him in his crib, and--get this--walk away. He might fuss for a few minutes, mildly, but then goes to sleep. He's been waking up two or three times a night, but going right back to sleep, pretty much.
And babies around here have historically taken what one might term a relaxed approach to that whole developmental calendar thing. Barak and Iyyar both rolled both ways at around 8-9 months, crawled at 10.5 and walked at 14. Avtalyon, the day we got here (which was the day before he turned 5 months) started happily rolling both ways. If you put Barak down on his stomach even at 8 or 9 months, he'd just cry; Avtalyon, who turned 6 months on Friday, now gets up on his hands and knees and is showing every sign of wanting--desperately--to start crawling. You never really know when they'll decide to take off but I would not be surprised at this point if he did it, well, pretty soon.