Yes, yes, I’m behind on posting. Busy weekend followed by a busy Monday trying to catch up with everything, but now Sam is in bed & mommy can get down to the business of blogging and drinking wine.
Little man was weighed and measured about 10 days ago and he hasn’t really stopped growing. Yay for super thriving baby!! Plus my arms are looking and feeling pretty buff these days. That’s what happens when you have a seven month old who weighs 21 lbs, 3.5 oz!! And he feels like he’s getting taller every day, although the measurement on this from the clinic didn’t seem that accurate. It only indicated 3/4″ increase, which is silly given the number of things he’s grown out of! And the number of notches he’s had to move up on the Jolly Jumper!
Sam is still nursing away and we’ve been busy introducing him to all sorts of different foods. Texture is still a big issue. He is slowly liking a bit more chunky things, but only just slightly. He’s still very much a puree kind of guy for now. He has some new favs though. Sam’s absolute favorite is pear, followed closely by banana, then sweet potato. Also, a big hit, blackberry yogurt. Yum! He finally tried his first bit of meat, chicken, and we’re hoping to try eggs and ground beef soon. We’ve started giving him long slices of cucumber and carrots (raw or pickled) to chew on after meals and he often enjoys that. Must feel good on the gums. Anyway, the food thing is quite the adventure for all of us.
Sleep. Yes, last time I wrote about it, we were all quite sleep deprived. It continued for another week and got to the point where he would only sleep if I was holding him. I spent a few nights on the couch with him and got very little rest. We decided that things were just deteriorating too much. Hubby and I were fighting a lot, more than we ever had before, even through other difficult times. Sam was really unhappy during the day, because he was so tired. We realized we just couldn’t continue on like this. So we picked up a copy of “Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems” by Dr. Richard Ferber. I know, some of you might be cringing or even getting angry at our choice, but we really felt it was the solution for us. We talked to a number of different couples who had done various types of sleep training with their babies and kids. Some had done the Ferber method, others had used elements of the Ferber method to create their own sleep training. To be honest, I had some hesitation in doing it, but also knew that our little family couldn’t keep on doing what we were doing. Hubby was keen on the Ferber method, so that’s what we went with. In the end, after reading the book, some of my concerns were eliminated. We also quickly decided to stick with our own nap plan during the day, not a Ferber nap plan. The first night of sleep training was pretty difficult. The second night was so drastically better, it was hard to believe! Instead of crying 20 min, he cried 6 min! By the third and fourth night, he was sleeping beautifully. And what a difference the restful sleep made to Sam and our entire household during the day! We had our happy baby boy back!
Now certainly, I would agree, that the Ferber method doesn’t work for every child or situation. Dr. Ferber himself makes no such claim. He’s pretty straightforward in saying, if you see no improvement after 7 days, then reassess the situation. For us, in our current sleep stage, it seems to have helped greatly, and I stand by our choice to do this with Sam. The sleep training encouraged us to develop a consistent bedtime routine, which includes the hour leading up to bed. We try to wind things down for him, we don’t have the TV on, we refrain from putting him in the Jolly Jumper or Exersaucer. Mostly we cuddle on the couch, or have floor time together. Then we have a consistent bedtime and routine each night (feeding, diapering, PJs, story time, bed). Sam LOVES it!! He gets so happy when you head to his room to start the bedtime routine, it’s pretty cute.
What else has he been up to…? Oh, talking! Sam is such a chatter box nowadays, with a whole range of noises! It’s fun to see his vocal skills developing and his attempts at communication. Still has yet to say his first word. Not even sure what age that might be a possibility.
Sam has had several babysitting experiences lately. He still won’t take a bottle of milk (even in a sippy cup, although he loves water from his sippy cup, go figure). So that makes it a bit tricky for evenings. Mama has to get home for his final bedtime feeding. Other than that though, he is easily able to go three hour stretches with Grandma Janice. I say “easily” because I get to miss out on the hard crying that inevitably comes while I’m away, but food & entertainment wise he is good for that bit during the day. It has been so nice to go the movies, test drive cars, a crafty afternoon with friends, even made it out to the UFC night (my longest stretch away at 6 hours)! That long stretch is not something we would typically try to do, but it’s nice to know that I can pop out for a bit of a break these days.
Doesn’t feel like we’ve had a ton of adventures over the summer months. An occasional trip to the zoo, an attempt at the Riley Park wading pool (not a hit since little man still hates getting wet), some random drives through the countryside as hubby and I look at potential farm properties, and short jaunts to the library. Until we got the sleep issues resolved and everyone more rested, it felt like we were trapped at home for a while. We’ve been enjoying simple activities like eating out on the back deck, Sammy included, and sitting in the grass on a blanket. Sam is getting better every day at sitting up by himself. There’s still the flop-and-bonk and tears, but he definitely enjoys exploring his world from this new view.
We’re trying to get ourselves organized to go on Sam’s first big road trip in the fall. We’ve got the new car, a more comfortable car seat for baby boy, and taking regular drives to get him used to longer stretches in the car. Still need to get his passport and a storage box to go on top of the car. Our destination is Colorado Springs. So ya, that will be our interesting adventure for the year. I think the drive will be enjoyable with baby boy, as long as, we just take each chunk of the day as it comes, let go of expectations, and take the time to explore things we’d miss if we didn’t have a baby slowing down our travels. If it was just us adults, we could do the drive in two days, stay in a hotel a single night, but with Sam along, I’m sure it will take at least three days, four if he has a bad day. Good thing hubby and I like road trips! It’s how we prefer to travel when possible (airplanes & I aren’t the best of buds). In fact taking Sam on an airplane stresses me out more than thinking about being stuck in a car with him for a few days. If I’m uncomfortable on planes, can you imagine how he would be (since these little guys pick up on everything and their moods are entirely influenced by their parents)!? Plus it will be fun to take the new car out on a long trip. AND the best part will be finally visiting all my family in Colorado, most of whom I haven’t gotten to see in about seven years! It will be wonderful for them to meet little Sam!
So here we go, another month down, so many more to go with baby boy!