Hard At Play

March 18, 2009

Almost there

Almost there


interesting patterns

interesting patterns


hi mom

hi mom


still working on it

still working on it

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November 13, 2008

Please excuse me if this is a little disjointed but frankly I’m exhausted. So tired in fact that I’m starting to do exactly what I promised myself I wouldn’t do. Those of you who know me in real life know that while I’m definitely a type-A person I am also pretty laid back and don’t get too worked up about much. I tend not to care (too much) about what others think and in general am not too sensitive about comments/ unsolicited advice. But I am getting tired and desperate over here and after casually laughing and joining in on all the comments about my gigantic baby I’m actually starting to worry. It’s been a slow process that has come to fruition after several non-threatening conversations with different sources about Isaac’s eating and sleeping habits. I started to think that maybe I was misreading his signals and feeding at night just so I could get back to sleep. Is it possible I’ve trained my almost five month old to wake up every hour at night for a quick snack? I don’t know. What I do know if that there are several different lines of thought on the subject of feeding and sleep-training and they contradict each other. I also firmly believe that each baby is an individual and what works for you might not work for me and vice versa, but hey I’m willing to try anything at this point, because I’m pretty sure my (not so) little guy doesn’t NEED to eat every hour. I’m not so sure he even needs to eat every two, but so far this has not stopped him from his constant night wakings.  So we’ve made a few changes around here (to no avail yet, but hey give it time) I’ll elaborate and I’m looking for some input here so please feel free to share, even if it’s to tell me to stop nursing and give formula. If I don’t like your advice  I won’t follow it…so maybe I’m not that desperate yet…anyhow…I digress.

Changes/ Compromise

schedule vs. feeding on demand: As my 20 lb baby can attest to, I’ve been feeding on demand since birth. But now I’m not so sure I’m understanding all of his demands and I’m pretty sure he’s not starving or malnourished so I’m moving towards scheduled feeding. Please note that this schedule is rather flexible and during the day exists in the form of distraction/play until he truly demands to be fed or we’ve hit three hours (BTW how often does your average five month old eat?) instead of the old two.

When we’re out and about and busy Isaac can hardly eat at all during the day because he is simply too distracted. When we were at the Science Center last weekend I tried to nurse him three times, but there was too much going on and he was simply not interested. Then on the drive home hunger hit with full force and he insisted we stop so he could nurse.

Night time is a different story…no distractions there. When he was waking two or three times a night I had no problem with it, but now its five or more and he is screaming to beat the band. I don’t know what’s changed, but I’m trying no to feed him EVERY time he wakes up…instead we strap on the old Ergo and walk the hall, sometimes it works and he’s back to sleep within 10 min and sometimes it doesn’t and I nurse. Even when he nurses sometimes it’s for five minutes just to sooth back to sleep and sometimes he actually has a meal (and sometimes I fall asleep so I don’t really know how much he ate or if he was just soothing).

One thing is certain I’ve decided no more nursing lying down (I know I’ve said this before, but I’m sticking with it this time) as I ALWAYS fall asleep and he ALWAYS stays latched and I really don’t want him to decide he should always sleep with a boob in his mouth. (BTW he still refuses to take the bottle and pacifier…much to my dismay)

Disposable diaper at night – this one is killing me and I’m not sure why I’m finding it so hard. I know he is not waking up because he is wet because when we were using cloth at night I would check him (because he couldn’t possibly be hungry again so soon!?!) he would be dry then he’d pee in his potty in an effort to keep him dry longer when I put his diaper back on. The problem was that even though he was dry the process of checking, pottying, and re-diapering was waking him up fully. With ‘sposies I can leave it on him all night and he doesn’t feel wet at all so I don’t even check. I’m confident that this will EVENTUALLY help us once he’s out of the habit of waking every hour.

Where he sleeps– Isaac starts the night in his room but I was having troubles putting him back in his crib he was waking up and it just seemed easier to bring him to bed with me. I now realize I need to wait until he’s in a deeper state of sleep before I try to transition him from my arms to the crib and if my level of consiousness allows I’m trying not to bring him to bed with me until 6h00 in the morning…sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t, really seems to depend on how tired I am whether I give up and just sleep with him.

Slowing down – Isaac is still not really napping during the day so I was starting to be concerned about the amount of sleep he was actually getting. I like to be busy and on the move so between swimming, books for babies, power stride, lunch dates, groceries, walking the dog, social walks and errands we were pretty busy. In fact recently it seemed we where having days where Isaac couldn’t nap because everytime he fell asleep I was moving him (i.e he fell asleep in the carrier while getting groceries and woke when I transfered him to the car or vice versa). So while I understand errands still need to be run and food need to be bought I’ve resigned myself to the fact that missing story time because he falls asleep when we should be leaving isn’t going to kill us. So we’re trying to spend a bit more time at home where he can nap when he needs too. That being said, I spent two hours in his room yesterday trying to get him to nap to no avail…..

So that’s where we’re at, not too sure what to do or if any of these changes are going to help, but we’ll give it a try. Thankfully he is still a fun, smiley and playful guy during the day. I know it would be much harder if he cried all the time, so I’m glad he’s generally a happy baby…I just wish he’d learn how to sleep for more than an hour or two at a time.

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Excersaucer

October 28, 2008

Isaac has started ‘standing’ in our laps and thinks it’s THE best thing EVER! So I thought it was time to try the excersaucer. He really enjoyed it, but only for about 10 minutes.

My mom is not cheap…

September 26, 2008

…she’s thrifty…okay she’s cheap and that is why I’m dressed like this to go outside for cool evening walks.

Yes…those are socks on my hands…yes…nothing matches…yes..I look like a dork; but i’m warm, loved and even dressed as a dork I’m cute 😉

In Isaac’s opinion…

September 24, 2008

…the bottle is no longer an option. He has taken a bottle since he was a month old, but the last two times Jason tried to feed him while I was out there was nothing but screaming angry baby and a lot of spilled milk. I’m not sure if my five week vacation sans bottle did him in or if it had anything to do with this (which I shamelessly copied from the baby center):
“Many babies who have been getting bottles all along will suddenly decide at about 3 months that they don’t want a bottle anymore, that they simply prefer breastfeeding. And why not? It’s warm, cozy, sweet-smelling, and done with their favorite person — Mom. So early success isn’t necessarily an ironclad guarantee that your baby will take the bottle when you really want her to.”

Either way I’m feeling a little confined today and wondering how I’m ever going to accomplish my once a week outings with my ‘little sister’ without Isaac in tow. Any suggestions on reintroducing the bottle ladies and gentlemen? We’re all ears over here.

Three Months

September 15, 2008

Isaac,

You are three months today little man! You might notice that I neglected to write for two months, but lets just say we’re trying to make it fair for any siblings you might have whose first years I may not be able to document with such ardor. The truth son is that we were just too darn busy. You are a well traveled young man at the tender age of three months. When you were only six weeks old you and I packed up and flew out west for a whirlwind family and friends tour. Unfortunately we had to leave Papa at home since he was not allowed to miss any classes, but we called him daily and skyped often. However, with the time change and your healthy appetite you were inevitably eating almost every time we spoke to him.

You are a healthy boy and you still love to eat. At your last check up (which was between two and three months due to our travels) you weighed in at 15 lbs 14 oz and measured 24 inches in length. You have impressive head control and are very alert and bright eyed. These traits combined usually get you mistaken for a four or five month old. You still have very fair and fine hair and have kept your amazing blue eyes thus far.

Sleep continues to be a big deal for you but you are consistently getting better at it. Once I stopped eating dairy your stomach improved dramatically. You can still pass gas like a champion, but no longer scream in pain during the day. This has translated into daytime naps (yay!) which leads to a less cranky Isaac and a better night sleep. Day time naps, while more frequent, are still not routine in any way; you may or may not nap and they can last anywhere from 20 min to 2 hours. The only guarantee is that when you wake you will be hungry and in need of a fresh diaper. Most nights you only get up two, maybe three times to feed and then are generally easy to get back to sleep. Now that we are back home you start your nights in your crib then move into bed with us after your fist feed. This was an easy transition for you and I think I had a harder time at it than you did.

You are now a smiling fiend; although you can play shy and are occasionally stingy with the smiles. Your grandparents made fools of themselves constantly trying to capture that elusive smile on camera. Your Papa can always make you coo and get a big smile. You discovered your voice at about 10 weeks and had lots of fun playing with it the entire day. Now you usually have one maybe two vocal periods a day when you just want to talk; you are always more vocal when Papa is around.

You had your first cold during this period and are toughing it out quite well. You sound so stuffy but haven’t really been that grumpy because of  it. You tend to be a bit more cuddly in the evenings when you are sick, but we are not complaining. You like to play on your back and continue to sleep only on your stomach or side. You really like to sit up like a ‘big boy’, but can only accomplish this with help.

You are amazing and loved.

Finally some pics!

September 15, 2008