Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wide Awake Jake...

So back to the regular blog contributor of the house- but wasn't my Brit's "anniversary blog" sweet? It's been a wonderful two years together! It's gone by so quickly, but at the same time, it feels like I've known him my entire life! It's funny how that works.

Henry is 11 weeks old today. It's hard to believe. It seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that I was telling Will that I was ready to head to the hospital, and here we are, almost 3 months later. It really has gone by quickly- although I'll admit that there have been (cranky) days that have seemed to CRAWL by. But for the most part it has flown. One of the blogs I follow described the first few months with your baby as "the best of times and the worst of times all rolled into one". I think this is true. You spend the first few months frustrated and unsure, while being completely exhausted, running on the bare minimum amount of sleep- but it's all being done for this amazing little creature, who with one gummy little smile, can make every second of it worthwhile. Ahhhh....motherhood.

Once Henry hits 3 months old he will no longer be considered a newborn- he'll have officially moved into the "infant" category. I've explained to him that ALL the books say that at 3 months he should be sleeping much much better and for longer stretches at night. I've told him that both of his cousins were sleeping through the night at his age. He does not seem impressed. We'll see how it goes. He generally wakes up twice a night to nurse, which I think is actually pretty normal for this point, but I can't deny a strong STRONG craving for an entire night of uninterrupted sleep. Not to mention that I know that Henry needs more sleep than what he's currently getting. Nap times remain our biggest hurdle. A lot of this is probably my fault, as I have let him grow accustomed to me holding and rocking him during the day. My grandmother would say "I told you so". But we're working on it.

I am, however, very proud to report that he has been sleeping in his crib every night for a week now. It's time to retire the bassinet to the attic (which is a good thing since he has officially exceeded it's weight limit). On good nights Henry will go down after nursing and sleep for five glorious uninterrupted hours. He did this 3 nights this week. Then he's up every 2 hours or so for the rest of the night. Once he nears the 4 month mark next month, we're going to begin sleep training if he's still waking this often at night. My plan for this is currently still in the research & development phase. My theory is, that once we get Henry into a better sleep routine, we'll go from THIS:

to THIS:

We've made a point to develop and stick to a consistent bedtime routine for Henry. First he gets a bath (which thankfully no longer leads to screaming).

Then we get into his PJs and settle into Mama & Daddy's bed for story time. Last night I read Henry a book called "Wide Awake Jake"- a story about a little boy who can't sleep, but of course, in the end settles in for a good night's sleep. This has also been a bedtime favorite lately since it's such a sweet book and brief enough to blend nicely with the short attention span of a (nearly) 3 month old...

Then it's time to eat and off to bed. We're going to keep working on this and see how things go. Hopefully the 5 hour stretch will grow into 6 hours, etc, etc... If not, then let the sleep training begin!

Henry has added another achievement to his baby resume this week:

Yep, the boy has discovered his thumb and has become his thumb's biggest fan. If it helps with "self soothing" then who am I to interfere?

Have you ever heard of BabyLegs? Okay, so I never thought I'd put something that SO resembles leg-warmers on my SON, but tell me this isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen? Plus, when we're at home during the day it makes diaper changes so much easier! I could just eat these chubby little Union Jack flag legs up!

I also discovered another amazing baby invention. Last week Young Henry was the not so proud owner of the world's snottiest nose. This is not conducive to sleeping or nursing. So after much research, I discovered the NoseFrida.

The concept, at first introduction, makes you think "Eeewwwww!!", but I'm telling you, this thing WORKS!! Basically you are using your own mouth suction to suck the snot out of your baby's nose (with your end being protected by a filter of course). The official website even refers to it as "The Snot Sucker". Who wouldn't want to use something with that label? I'm telling you, if you have a snotty infant or toddler who can't blow his/her nose, get one!! Henry tolerates it much better than the bulb suction and it's so much more efficient. And maybe it's the nurse in me, but there's something extremely satisfying about getting all that snot out of your kid's nose.

Who would have ever thought my blog would evolve into posts about snot sucking and story telling?

I'll end this week with a few shots of Henry being both adored and adorable...

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