Part of the delight when your baby learns a New Things is because THE CHILD, IT DEVELOPS and part of it is because you're so bored you could cry, so a new thing is a New! Thing! and part of it is because, so, after all that work learning to get the hand to the mouth, this morning Eleanor was fussing and squawking and when I went to go peep on her she had gotten two fingers far enough into her mouth to suck on and PUT. HERSELF. BACK. TO. SLEEP.
That is the real reward, even if it only lasted five minutes. And then when I went to get her, she stopped screeching and smiled up at me out of the crib like, Hullo, this is rather embarrassing but I seem to have fallen into a pit? Would you fetch me out? And I was like, Ha ha, little goldfish, I PUT YOU THERE, but you are not far enough developed to remember.