Archive for May, 2011

May 31st, 2011

if I’m being honest …

[sighing]

[more sighing]

Things have been … rough around here these last few weeks. David’s sleeping has taken a turn for the worse. We had him sleeping through the night months ago, but suddenly a few weeks ago, he stopped. Sometimes he’ll get up 3 or 4 times in an hour. We’ll get him sleeping all night again, but it will only last a few nights and then we’re back to getting up at least 3 times a night. I don’t know what happened, and I don’t know what to do about it.

He doesn’t take very good naps during the day, he’s grumpy and needy in the evening, and then he doesn’t sleep well at night. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I get really frustrated. I’m not really frustrated with David, more myself for not knowing what to do and feeling guilty because I feel like I’ve done something wrong as a parent. He doesn’t wake up to eat, he just wakes up. Sometimes, it will take an hour or so of him crying and us pacing and shhhing before he settles back down.

I’m sure the fact that he’s spoiled contributes greatly. I’m not even going to try denying that our baby is outrageously spoiled (by me). The spoilage is (mostly) a result of circumstance: he’s the only child of a bored stay-at-home mom. He gets a lot of attention and cuddles. I’ve tried unspoiling him a little, but that’s hard to do.

What we’ve tried:

  • Letting him “cry it out.” This doesn’t work on our child. He will just keep crying and crying and crying until he makes himself hoarse and sick. And then he keeps crying.
  • Putting him to bed earlier. This seemed to help for a while, but only for a while.
  • Having Matt go in instead of me. This seems to help A LOT. David will go back to sleep faster and usually for longer if Matt soothes him instead of me. This seemed to be our golden ticket to sleep for about a week, but then we went to visit family for a week and he came back sleeping worse than ever.
  • Feeding him right before he goes to sleep. This changed nothing.
  • Feeding him more during the day. I’m still working on this one, so far, I haven’t noticed any improvement.
  • Bathing him right before bed. This just seems to make him more energetic and playful than soothe and relax him.

Things that work:

  • Letting him sleep in our bed. Even if we’re not in it, he’ll sleep fine in our bed. On Sunday mornings when I’m getting ready for church, I let him play on our bed. He’ll usually get tired and fall asleep. And stay asleep. Right now, my spoiled baby is taking a nap on my bed. He’s been asleep for two hours, the longest nap he’s had in two weeks.

I’m seriously tempted to let him sleep in our bed and sleep on the couch; I’m that desperate for something to change.

Oh, and what is with this weather?! I NEED to take this baby outside, but it’s been in the 50s and rainy. I have been cooped up in our apartment with David for almost eight months. We’ve only had a handful of nice days in Rexburg, and it’s almost June. My sanity is limited at this point.

David may not sleep well, but he’s a champion eater, giggler, drooler, roller, and biter. He has a bright future.

May 25th, 2011

1,462

That’s how many diapers David has used (plus however many he used in the hospital, I honestly have no idea at this point). That means I’ve changed approximately 1, 234 diapers in the last seven and a half months. Awesome.

No, I’m not making these numbers up. We order our diapers through Amazon, so I have a record.

I’m pretty sure there’s another one waiting for me right now.

May 19th, 2011

I know, I know

It’s been a while since I’ve written a real post. I’ve been … busy being a mom and lazy (among other things).

A while back, David turned six months old. Six months marked sitting up by himself, eating more solid foods, and a major surge of energy. His favorite foods are pears, bananas, crackers, carrots, green beans, and pages from magazines. He hasn’t refused anything we’ve offered him (or anything we haven’t — he basically eats everything if he can get it to his mouth).

Earlier this month, he turned seven months old. Seven months has brought even more interest and fascination in the world, new babbles (“ma ma ma” and “ba ba ba”), and the outdoors. Earlier this month, it finally got warm enough in Rexburg to go outside with baby, and David touched grass for the first time. He loves to look up at big trees with leaves; his eyes get bright and big.

David has a great sense of humor and it’s usually pretty easy to get him to giggle. He has a quiet, contemplative temperament. He’s 100% boy (except, I’m pretty sure that right now his favorite color is pink … ). When playing with his toys, he reaches for his cars and trucks first (I think he just likes to feel the tires roll over his tongue). He also prefers to be as naked as possible.

My boys hanging out in Grandma’s living room:

May 4th, 2011

what happened to April?

It was here, and now it’s not.

A summary of our April since I was in a blog-posting funk:

It snowed.

It snowed a little more.

David turned six months old.

Matt got sick.

David exercised agency and stopped taking naps, sleeping through the night, and drinking from a bottle.

David caught on that not everyone is Mommy or Daddy and developed very strong stranger anxiety.

It rained.

And it ended with mastitis.

(There are some really cute David moments squeezed in there too.)

May 2nd, 2011

things that make me uncomfortable

  • fire
  • spiders
  • being in the bathroom in the dark
  • giant bunny costumes
  • clown costumes
  • people coming up behind me
  • being home alone late at night
  • awkward strangers who get really close to my baby and say things like, “I could just take you home with me” or “I want to eat him all up” or “I can’t wait until I have a baby”

Things that make me go gooey inside: