long time, no talk

Hi, friends. So sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated. I am getting acclimated to my new job. So far, it’s pretty great. Since I started on 8/1, I’ve been into the office a grand total of 1 time. Woot woot! I do have a bit of a deadline coming up this Friday, so will need to buckle down for the next few days.

Monkey continues to be his charming adorable self. He still doesn’t have very many words, but astonishes us with all that he is learning and understanding. His latest love is a pair of Ugg boots that were hand-me-downs from a friend’s daugher. He brings them to us for us to help him put them on and admires them. We also got his Halloween costume (yeah, Mommy/DW is really into H’ween) and he checked himself out in the mirror in it with glee. Cracked me up!

He is doing better with both eating and sleeping. Eating noticeably more lately (where he used to have half a sandwich, for example, now he’ll have a full one). Sleep is still a bit of a struggle, but these days he is up 2-3 times per night for a quick nursing session and then back to sleep. Still an early riser, but hitting 5:30-6:00 more often than 4:30-5:00 these days. Hey, we’ll take what we can get. I keep meaning to start night-weaning, but I can’t seem to make myself do it. Maybe thise weekend… We would also love to change our nighttime go to sleep routine, but have no idea how without crying it out (not happening). We typically bathe (if it’s bath night), brush teeth, read books, nurse, and then carry him around the room for 10-15 minutes until he falls asleep and put him in the crib. Yeah, that would be the big part we’d like to change. We co-sleep (though he goes down first in his crib until we come to bed), so you’d think we could just lay down with him and he’d go to sleep after nursing, but he hasn’t done that in a LONG time. He seems to need that walk around now. Argh. What works for you guys?

Nothing else to report that I can think of. I’ll try to check in more frequently. I love reading what you all post, so it’s no fair to do that but not give you something in return.


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5 responses to “long time, no talk

  1. I hate to say it, but CIO has really worked for us. Our little guy is 7.5 months old right now. In June we were often spending over an hour rocking him to sleep, then running in to pick him up and rock him some more because he wasn’t quite down. He was also waking about three times a night to nurse. It was causing us to feel overtired and stressed out. Despite a summer with a lot of travel, he now sleeps about 12 hours with only one waking in the night to feed. (If he wakes at other times we give him his pacifier and walk out.) It has made the biggest difference to how we feel. If you want more info, feel free to email, although I get the impression that CIO may not be for you.

  2. P.S. Glad to hear the new job is going well!

  3. how does he fall asleep for his naps? do you walk him to sleep then too?
    at 10.5 months, we let Bird cry. did the whole nighttime routine – bath, books, nursing – then put her in her crib. she cried pretty hard the first night, less the second, and none at all the third. now, bedtime is easy, she actually lunges out of my arms to get into her crib. we let the twins cry too, just not enough arms to go around any more! (and i realize this isn’t at all helpful to you since you said you didnt want to make him CIO, so i’ll stop rambling now!)

    so what is the halloween costume?!?! we just decided on ones for our girls – Bird is going to be dorothy, blossom is the cowardly lion, joy is the scarecrow, & their cousin (who is Bird’s age) is going to be the tin man. halloween is so much fun with little ones!! 😀

  4. Jen

    We had to CIO for two nights as well (total of maybe 10-15 minutes) and since about 13-14 months old, chunk has been a great sleeper. I think (IMO) they need to learn how to self soothe so if they do awake in the middle of the night, they can put themselves back to sleep. I can count on one hand how many times chunk has awoken at night (either due to illness or a nightmare) and I don’t know how you are still waking up 2-3 times a night. Mama needs some sleep! Good luck finding out what works for you.

  5. Next in line

    With Bee we changed one thing at a time starting with what was making us (mainly me) most tired. We did this on a weekend when she wasn’t sick, teething and we weren’t about to travel. When we started night weaning, F took over. She explained mama was sleeping and offered her a cup of milk or water. In the beginning there were a few nights where she cried, but was with F. It was good for the two of them. Bee learned to be comforted and settled by F.

    Now, Bee goes into her bed awake and puts herself to sleep. When we first started doing that she cried and we would sit beside the bed and rub her back or hold her hand (she was around 6 or 7 months) and now we do the bed/nap time routine and leave her in there awake (generally no crying).

    We didn’t want to do CIO, but there still was some crying involved with what we did. I think it is really tough, if not impossible, to not have them cry sometimes with sleep stuff. They are tired and not necessarily getting their way so I just don’t see a way around it. Kids and families are all so different. I am sure that you will figure out something that gives you some more rest. I am so happy for you that you have less of those 4:30 am starts.

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