Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Babies, you think you know them, then BAM!

Is it gross that I want to nuzzle that armpit?
You know I just whined yesterday about not getting any sleep, and not knowing what was wrong. We had a pattern, it was just a bad pattern. Lay Oli down to sleep, he screams, fights, then sleeps for 1-2 hours, then repeat cycle. Talked to his pediatrician yesterday and she suggested going back to solids at night. We had stopped since it seemed to be giving him constipation. She also suggested Pedialyte but he wasn't having none of that.

That picture to the right was taken at 9:45 p.m. last night. What made it happen? Who knows.

All I can say is that last night, we changed it all up.
  • We gave him a mix of apples and prunes. He gobbled up half a container, I'd say about 2 ounces.
  • No bedtime routine, just played with him and let him stay awake till he showed signs of fussiness. Which also meant no bath last night.
  • Started swaddling him and when he screamed, I said, forget this (I might have used some other f word but you know what I mean). So no swaddle last night.
  • Waited longer than the usual 3 hrs to feed him; he was fighting the bottles and then only drinking 2-3 ounces. So we waited till he was tired, and then he ate 5 ounces.
  • And, we brought him into our bed. 
I remember being pregnant and saying that I had no plan for birth. We'd go with whatever was happening and make decisions as we went along. If I'd had natural labor and delivery, I was going to put off meds till the last possible minute because I wanted to walk around. But, Oli turned that little plan upside down as well by trying to come out butt first so I was screaming for those pain meds as soon as I walked into labor & delivery. Same now that he's here. We have no plan. We planned to have him sleep in his crib and he did great so far. but, you know what? It gets very tiring getting up out of a high king sized bed an walking to another room every 1-3 hours. As soon as he's over this teething/demonic phase, he'll go back to his crib but for now, for everyone's sanity, he's in our bed. But, we have learnt to never say never.

We'll never let our child watch tv before he's 2? Hah, if 15 minutes in front of the TVmeans I can switch over the laundry, take the dog out onto the patio and get dinner done, don't you give me the side eye. My kid seems to enjoy Say Yes to the Dress as much as I do.

Not saying he didn't get up in the middle of the night, oh he did. For diaper changes, for feedings and then once, I think maybe just a bad dream. But, we didn't have 2-3 waking screaming hours! And, this morning at 5:45, I had this happy baby:

Oh yeah, there's a new (deputy) Sheriff in town!


Jenna said...

The little Sheriff picture is adorable.
As for the rest of this,I swear I could have written this myself.All of the way down to butt first.
I planned to put Natalie in her crib at 6mos instead of her basinett but I just can't keep getting up and walking across the house.So for now,until she sleeps through the night,or only wakes up once she will be in our room.
I sure hope it gets better soon.
Oh,N hated Pedialye too until I got the fruit flavored instead of the plain.She now loves it.She hates juice but drinks this.haha.

Michelle said...

I'm glad you got some sleep! You know I'm a bedsharing cheerleader. I'm glad it's working for you and I hope that soon he'll return to his crib and be done with whatever is happening.

Larraine said...

Don't you know you're not supposed to get any sleep for a while yet? That will change, and you'll be shocked when it does!;)