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monkey status

Thank you all for your support on my last (difficult) post. It means a lot to know I’m not alone – I think I can forgive myself now and move forward.

In terms of the sleep thing, we are doing much better lately, but I’m not holding my breath that it’ll last. Monkey slept until 6AM today, which feels like seriously sleeping in at our house 🙂 We’ve decided to start holding him to a schedule to get him to nap and go to bed a bit later so that maybe we can get out of the 4-5AM rut. No matter when he wakes, we are going to try putting him down to nap around noon and for bed around 7PM. Yesterday he was up at 4:30AM and was a complete mess by 11AM, so we went with it and put him down. He went to bed at 7PM and slept until 6AM, so hopefully we can get on track starting today. I’m also going to night-wean in early November. We have a ton going on in the next couple of weeks, so that’s why we’re waiting (plus it seems unfair to do 2 new things at once so first schedule then night-wean). Wish us luck and feel free to share your success stories.

Last night poor Monkey fell out of our bed – parenting fail! I usually put him down in his crib but if he wakes up within half an hour of when we’ll be going to bed, I just nurse him and leave him in our bed (I put pillows on either side of the bed to try to prevent a fall). Last night he cried out and we got up to head in and heard a loud BANG and wailing. Poor baby was on the floor! No physical damage done and he seems just fine, but I was so worried. Our bed is quite high and we have hard flooring (though there is a rug next to the bed where he fell). Guess I’ll have to be more diligent about getting him back into his crib on those early evening wakings. We’ve been talking about possibly upgrading to a king size bed (we have a queen currently) – maybe we should and have it be a platform bed so it’s close to the ground…

Any of you still having issues with cradle cap? Monkey has had it for all of his 21 months. I’ve tried the oil on scalp and light brushing (have used olive oil and baby oil) many many times, as well as the Mustela shampoo for cradle cap for many months, but nothing seems to work. Just curious if we’re the only ones still having the issue and if someone has a surefire way to end it.

Monkey is gaining ground on the speech thing lately. He is using Mama and Mommy on his own (LOVE!), and has added the following words to his vernacular:

  • Banca (Bianca, one of our cats)
  • Mehmeh (Momo, another of our cats)
  • key (kitty)
  • Melmo (Elmo)
  • Bih Ber (Big Bird)
  • nana (banana)
  • doll
  • eee-eye-eee-eye-oh
  • bye bye
  • baby
  • bubble

I’m sure there are others I’m not thinking of – he’s doing a lot more talking. It’s very cute.

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21 months

I have some time to kill before my next meeting so… here’s an actual post! Monkey is 21 months old. He is wearing 2T shirts and 18-24 month pants (he’s big on top and small on the bottom). His shoe size is 6-6.5, depending on the shoe. He is about 34″ tall and weighs around 27 lbs. And now I’m moving to bullets 🙂

  • Speech: Monkey is still a bit behind in this department, but he continues to surprise us with what he knows and understands. For example, we got him a new lift-the-flap Halloween book that has a page with a door that you open with trick or treaters behind it. He closed the door and knocked on it. No idea where he picked up knocking, but it sure was adorable. DW called yesterday to get Monkey on the schedule for speech evaluation. Neither of us is worked up over it at all and think he’s just fine.  But I don’t want to wait in case there is an issue – better safe than sorry. Will keep you updated on how that goes. We had to fill out a lengthy online questionaire – who knows when they’ll actually see us. I love LA!
  • Food: Monkey eats pretty well these days. The challenge is getting him in (and keeping him in) his chair. He doesn’t  want to be confined. So we generally feed him what we can until he just has to get down, and then offer him bites as he roams (he eats quite a lot this way). Bad habit? Maybe, but I like knowing he has a full belly. In terms of what he likes, he loves any type of fruit, fave veggies are asparagus and broccoli, and his favorite meal is Mommy’s mushroom chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum!
  • Sleep: Alas, sleeping problems are still a big part of our existence. We had pretty much adjusted to co-sleeping and being up for the day by 5:30 at the latest, with around 3 nighttime nursing sessions. The last week, though, has been horrible. Up for several hours in the night and up early for the day, long naps, difficulty going to sleep, daytime tantrums due to extreme sleepiness. No, it has not been a fun week in the L-M household. We think he was running a slight fever and might be teething (hands in his mouth a lot), but Motrin/Tylenol aren’t really helping. Let’s hope things get better soon. I am also considering night-weaning, but am terrified that then we’ll get no sleep as that is the only way to get him down sometimes. Argh.
  • Behavior: Monkey continues to be an intense little guy. He hugs often and tightly with a big smile and closed eyes. When he’s upset, he bites. Intensely. He’s like a pit bull with the locking jaw. Poor DW’s arm is covered in bruises (I have been bitten as well, but she gets it more often as the SAHM). When he bites, we hold his face firmly and tell him, “No biting. That hurts Mommy/Mama. Ouch!” If he’s being held, he gets put down immediately. Other than that, I’m really not sure what we can do until he’s able to communicate better. Sigh.
  • Toys: Monkey has encountered Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars due to his older cousin and our friend’s 2.5 year old and he LOVES them. I mean seriously. So, we’ve bought a few and it is ridiculous how much enjoyment he gets out of them. I’ve also gotten a few ideas for activities off of Pinterest (my latest Internet obsession). One that he really likes is glow sticks in the bathtub with the lights turned off. This is BIG fun, let me tell you. (And it’s cheap, too!). Any of you on Pinterest? Always looking for more people to follow 🙂
  • Halloween: We have two costumes yet again this year (DW can’t resist). He will be Yoda and a bat (looks like they are sold out of the costume, but there is a pic of it you can see under the bat treat bag). Cute, right?

And that’s what’s happening in the world of Monkey.

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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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flying: an update

Well, we did it! We got 3 tickets to visit South Carolina for the week of July 4. I’m excited for the trip, and terrified of the flight experience. Especially as Monkey is fully entrenched in toddlerhood at 16 months – I shudder to think what he’ll be doing at 18 months. Ah well, even if it’s horrible, it’ll be over soon enough. On the way there, we have a 4 hour flight with an hour layover and then another 2 hour flight. On the way home, we have a 1 hour flight with an hour layover and then another 4 hour flight. Those sound like awfully long days… Any tips on plane travel with a toddler would be much appreciated.

On the Monkey front, he has another little cold and has passed it on to me. Argh. It’s not a bad cold, thankfully, and he appears to be much better today so I’m hopeful I’ll be on the mend quickly as well. What else has he been up to? Let’s see. He is understanding many many more words, but has yet to really say any. He babbles constantly so I think he’s trying, but it’s all gibberish still. One thing he is actually close to saying is Bette Davis (BETTEDADA!). Hahahahaha! He can point to various animals, objects, etc. in books when you ask him to, and he can point to hair, eyes, mouth, etc. on himself and others, but he hasn’t yet said any of the words. It’s strange as before he was walking, he was saying book, ball, and wheel, but then kind of “lost” them. I’m not worried as he continues to show us he understands a lot, which is what the ped said is most important.

He is a cuddly little guy (definitely knows the word “hug”) who enjoys swimming, playing at the park and Gymboree, reading, and walking/running. When he doesn’t get his way, he can throw an impressive tantrum. He yells, goes limp if you’re trying to pick him up, and sometimes bangs his head (on Mommy/Mama’s head, a wall, the sliding glass door, whatever is in reach). This usually happens at home, but we have had a couple of incidents of taking the crying thrashing toddler out of the store mid-tantrum.

Monkey is a total people person. When we are out, he approaches people and smiles at them. We went to the zoo on Mother’s Day and Monkey had a great time meeting Grover. We took a family pic with Grover and then DW asked me to see if he’d stand on his own with Grover. I put him down and he grabbed onto Grover’s hands and pulled them around his neck. The entire line of people went, “AAAAWWWWW!” It was so cute. Monkey didn’t want to leave when it was time. Cue the tantrum!

On the sleep front, Monkey is still taking two naps per day. We tried moving him to one nap, but it was obvioius pretty quickly that he wasn’t ready. So we’ll wait for some cue that he is. For about 2 weeks now, he has regularly slept until 5:30-5:45AM every day. Sounds early, I know, but we are thrilled that he seems to be off the 4-4:30AM wakup train! Woot woot!

He is still nursing like crazy, which is driving Mama a bit batty. I don’t know when this child will ever be weaned. Or when my period will come back. I just try to remember this too shall pass…

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