Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rolling, rolling, rolling

Last night went much better than the night before. A fell asleep after only a couple hours of crying, without me picking him up (though I did have to go over and rub his belly and make shushing noises to get him from the low moan phase into the asleep phase). He woke up once at about midnight to eat, then woke up again at 3:30 due to an extremely loud thunderstorm that was very close by. I understand the phrase "roll of thunder" now, as I could hear the waves of crashing sound move over my house, from north to south, roaring over and over after each brilliant flash of light through the windows. I think A didn't quite know what to do with all the noise, as when I got up to get him, I discovered he'd wiggled and rolled himself into the corner/side of his crib where he was kicking and grabbing the bars. I calmed him back down and put him back in his crib, laying him down on his back as always, when he promptly surprised me by rolling immediately onto his side. He wiggled around a bit until he got comfy, with his arms and head to the side, and his tummy against his crib, bum facing up, a half-twist position. And then he was asleep.

I guess he figured out during the night that he doesn't like sleeping on his back, but sleeping on his side and/or tummy is fine (much like me). And he figured out how to get himself there. He's been rolling onto his side for weeks now without help, but now has finally figured out how to make it all the way onto his tummy by himself on a regular basis. Way to go, A! Now you just need to figure out how to untrap your arm from under your torso after you've rolled, and then how to roll back onto your back, and you'll have it made, little guy.

Naps yesterday went fairly well also. Here's hoping today will go even better.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

On sleep and the lack thereof

Just about a week and a half ago, I'd had enough. I'd read several books about it, and I felt the time was right. A seemed in desperate need of it, and I knew I was in desperate need of it. I wanted to start "sleep training." But I didn't, because we were about to leave on vacation. So I started last night instead.

Vacation was great. First we had the ward campout. It was fun, there were a lot of people there, and A slept fabulously, going to bed early and only waking up once. We didn't sleep so well, since I was paranoid about A being too cold (and then after sticking a blanket on top of him in his carseat, I was paranoid about him suffocating himself with it). M had a slowly deflating air mattress that kept him from sleeping well. The next day we went to Hawaii, which with the long flight, 3-hour time difference, resort guests I didn't want to offend, and in-laws that hate listening to babies cry (not that I blame them), A's sleep schedule got all messed up and I resorted to feeding him to sleep for every single nap and bedtime and middle of the night waking. The first night we were there, A woke up at 3:30 in the morning and decided it was morning time and he ought to be awake and playing with me. I laid him down in our bed between us so he could kick a bunch and get some energy out. He surprised me by rolling over onto his tummy, for the first time, all by himself. He hasn't done it since, but it was exciting. He's doing really well at rolling onto his side, though.

Back to the main story: we got home late, late, late, and A was extremely over-tired after a series of short interrupted naps on the plane and being unable to fall asleep in the car and having the time change back and getting home at 1:30 in the morning. So we slept in the next day after a distressing night of him waking up three times. And getting him to sleep that night sucked. And things haven't yet improved.

So now we're to last night. I decide it's finally time that A learned how to fall asleep on his own, and how to sleep in his crib, and maybe after all that, how to stay asleep (a.k.a. put himself back to sleep after waking) all night long. We did the bedtime routine. We put him down drowsy, in his crib. He cried for about 40 minutes, then slept for 15, then cried with intermittent nodding off for another two hours. So I picked him up, and he was out like a light the instant I had him in my arms. I'd had enough, so I put him in his carseat so he could actually get some solid sleep. He woke up twice more during the night.

I do not know what to do. Should I focus on him learning to fall asleep on his own in his carseat, then move him to the crib once he's mastered that? He's got some reflux, and I've got a little crib wedge in the crib so he can be on an angle, but he slides around a lot (even with rolled up towels around him under the sheet). But he's been doing okay sleeping on his back on my lap during a couple of naps lately, so maybe he'll be fine laying down? Should I just do everything all at once? What about naptime? Should I just let him cry himself to sleep? Should I try the reassure him every 15 minutes approach? I refuse to pick him up until he's calm and then put him back down over and over and over, my arms can't take that. Should we move his crib into a separate room rather than being in ours?

Help!

Monday, August 11, 2008

4 months

A is four months old as of yesterday. Today he had his 4-month checkup and immunizations. The appointment unfortunately occurred right during his normal morning nap-time (on the schedule he started himself oh, say, last week), so he was a little grumpy (which isn't really too bad, the pediatrician kept talking about how mellow he is). He screamed and screamed during the shots though, stopping as soon as I picked him up again afterwards, and then starting again as soon as he was in his car seat until I managed to distract him by bouncing it up and down (the carseat screaming was because he was very, very sleepy though, not because of the shots). He fell asleep on the way home and is still asleep now.

He's 25" long, and weighs 15lbs. and 4oz. Solidly in the 75th percentile for everything. The pediatrician said there's pretty much nothing we can do about his throwing up or his stuffy nose, and that he'll probably grow out of them as he gets bigger. We're going to start trying rice cereal, and after he gets used to the taste of it, then we can start mixing it with different kinds of juice and stuff, and once he gets used to eating from a spoon and isn't spitting everything out, we can start giving him baby food, which I suspect will be very fun (and messy).

During the last several days, A has discovered not only that he can grab his own toes, but that he can, if he tries really hard, sometimes get them into his mouth. They never stay there for more than a split-second, but it's really funny to watch him trying so hard to put his foot in his mouth. He still strongly favors his left hand and foot. He likes being really loud when he talks now and has begun that little baby energetic yelling/cooing noise. It's pretty cute normally, but sometimes gets a little loud for me. He still blows bubbles occasionally, and constantly drools over everything.

He loves grabbing things and trying to put them in his mouth. If I try to put the same things in his mouth, he gets this disgusted look on his face as if he's trying to inform me that the object is disgusting and please never do that again. And then I put it in his hand, and he puts it in his mouth and gnaws on it. He particularly likes chewing on fabric, and doesn't like plastic very much. His tongue is long and pointy (he got that from me) and he sticks it out a lot.

When he's in his Bumbo seat, sometimes he will lean forward or to the side and try to eat the seat. He likes going for walks with me carrying him in the baby sling, and usually falls asleep during them. He likes being held when we're standing more than when we're sitting. He loves trying to stand up, with a little weight on his legs as we hold him under his arms.

His favorite board books right now are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and A Color Of His Own. I sing him Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and the ABC song when it's bedtime. He's fairly good at entertaining himself for 30 minute stretches of time in his bouncy seat. He loves kicking, and has very strong legs (something the nurses always comment on).

We're excited to watch him learn new things this upcoming month which I will indubitably post about. He's a cute, cute boy. I'll add a picture here later as a nice closing note to the post.

Friday, August 08, 2008

bleargh

I. Am. Exhausted. The periods there of course do not indicate complete sentences, but rather the length of the pause you should take between each word in order to see how, if I were saying that out loud to you, it would be very slowly and with great effort due to my extreme fatigue.

Yep.

Last night was not a sleep-all-night night for A. After it taking a very long time to get him asleep in the first place (M was very nice and paced our room with him), I had a huge headache and had a hard time falling asleep. He woke up, of course. a few hours later, and after taking care of him and getting him back to sleep, it took me at least another hour to fall back asleep. And then, the magical morning hour of 6:30 rolled around and he woke up for the day. I ignored him until 7, when I got up, headache still intact.

Since then he has thrown up on two outfits and his little lovey bear-blankie that I decided to try giving him yesterday. I normally just feel sorry for him when he throws up, but this morning I am frustrated, because he gagged himself by cramming his hand in his mouth. Twice. I don't know why he insists on gnawing on his hands instead of sucking his thumb.

I really hope any and all future children of mine do not end up with such sensitive gag reflexes. Me and my washing machine need a break.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Rollin' rollin' rollin', keep those wagons rollin'...Rawhide!

Based on the massive amounts of drool my son has started to produce, and the fact that he's constantly trying to chew on any handy bit of fabric, I have come to the conclusion that he's begun the long slow process of teething. My mom said the teeth have probably slowly started to move, but they probably won't pop out for another few months yet. He's trying really hard to learn to roll over and to stay sitting up by himself. So far he can make it onto his side from his back, but then he rolls back after a few seconds. He can also sit for a couple seconds unassisted by overbalancing forwards. We got him a Bumbo seat, and let him sit in it on the table while we eat, which he loves. I also got him a bunch of cute (on sale) clothes for our trip to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. He's got a hat for almost every day and he is insanely adorable in them.

I ordered a swimsuit online for Hawaii. I really hope it fits.

I'm loving PaperBack Swap, though nobody seems to want my Shakespeare plays. I have a couple more books to list. It's so much fun trading books I don't really want for ones I do want. I recommend checking it out if you have books you'd like to trade (you just pay postage to send your books). If you sign up, list kadusey as your referrer, and I'll get a credit (which would be lovely).

I think A is sleeping through the night. Now we just need to teach him to sleep in his crib, and to fall asleep without nursing. And to fall asleep earlier. He's not falling asleep (despite my best efforts) until 10pm or so every night, but he does sleep until 6:30 without waking me up after that. And he's taking better naps during the day, which is nice. Slow and steady progress.

M and I have decided that we don't really like Bulgur (Bulgher?). I bought a bag, and I keep trying to use it in different recipes, but I don't really like the texture (I'm not sure if it's the texture or taste that M dislikes). I'd much rather use, say, barley. Healthy it may be, but if we don't like it, then there's no point in cooking with it. And despite what my chili recipe said, the texture is NOT a nice substitute for ground meat. There is no comparison between the two. Totally different textures.

A really likes being able to see everything when we're out and about. I think I need to get an umbrella stroller for cheaps so we can take little walks and he can look at everything (our stroller is amazingly beautifully nice, but he's a bit little for just the stroller part, and the carseat when in it makes him sit backwards which he doesn't mind but he doesn't like staring at just me nearly as much as being able to see everything whiz by). I also need to make the other Mei Tai that I've got a pattern for (possibly modifying it a bit) so that I can wear him facing outwards. And sometime or other I need to learn to do back carries in the mei tais. I need to learn some different carries for the sling too, he's not nearly as big a fan of the cradle carry any more.

I'm so excited for our vacation. Humidity! Oh, how I've missed thee. And any weather that's not over 100 every day. It will be lovely.

I bought a basil plant for my windowsill. It's looking a little droopy and not too perky. Perhaps it needs a bigger pot. I've also decided I want a dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree. And a food processor. And we may not eat much meat, but I don't think we will ever be vegetarians. Or horror movie fans. Not that any of that is at all related.

I need to research what kills crickets. All the cockroaches I find in our house (they seem to come in waves, and we're in an off phase right now) are dead for the most part. Not so with the crickets (which do not come in waves, but are always just constantly there, chirping and humming and buzzing all out of synch with each other outside our bedroom window. I find them, one at a time, hopping around my house. I don't like them. They've got strangely long antennae and they jump in unexpected direction, and they're not as cute as grasshoppers. Though I do occasionally find them dead in the house, too, like the one I found in the biggest mixing bowl in a stack of mixing bowls in an upper cupboard last week. Gyah. Disgusting little dead buggies should not be anywhere near my mixing bowls.

I bought a set of mini loaf pans and a mini muffin tin (and a microplane grater, but that's beside the point). I'm so excited to make little tiny food! I already made some small loaves of zucchini bread. They were cute, but the tiny cupcakes I'm planning on making at some point will be much cuter.

I reached my first weight goal for Wii Fit, though I've been pretty lax about doing it every day lately. I need to start doing it consistently again or I will gain it all back, I'm sure. It wants me to lose a few more pounds, but I kind of want to keep them on, because, after all, I'm a nursing mother, and I need to have a little bitty bit of fat on me for good milk production. All the weight I've lost has been mostly from my tummy and bottom. There's still some tummy fat left, and quite a bit of hip fat left. But I've stopped eating desserts mostly (other than fresh fruit) and haven't been eating nearly as much processed sugar (just a bit of honey). Other than the zucchini bread, that had a lot of sugar in it. I only had a few slices though. The cupcakes will also have lots of sugar in them, but they will be tiny, which makes it all okay, right? Tiny food has fewer calories! No matter that I will probably eat a dozen of them. I am trying overall to reduce my sugar consumption though. And I've cut out dairy, which due to not eating cheese anymore, has greatly reduced my consumption of fats and oils. I miss it. I also need to start taking my vitamins so I'm still getting calcium. But holy cow, I miss cheese. It doesn't help that I've discovered several stores that sell all sorts of fancy cheeses for relatively affordable prices, close to my house. Once I stop nursing, I am going to go on a giant cheese binge (and all other sorts of dairy, and I will probably get fat for awhile, but who cares, it will be a delicious, delicious process...and I can lose the weight again).