Monday, July 11, 2011

Today was a good day. Bech stayed home from the studio for a lot of the day, so that I could run some errands. So I got to go out all by myself for a little over an hour! I know that Wal Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Babies R Us aren't exactly the most fun places to go to, but it was nice to just have to worry about myself for a little bit!

This past weekend, Jack had two big outings. On Saturday, we packed him up and walked around Church Street in downtown Burlington. We kept him in the stroller so that, per my mother's request, no one could breathe on or touch him! He did pretty well, only getting fussy toward the end (which was near his eating time).

Then on Sunday, we took him to church. I was ready to go, not just to get out of the house and to see people, but because we had not been in 3 weeks! That is a long time without church!

He did pretty well again. We took him out several times (once to eat, and twice because he was making some noise). But I think he did pretty well.

Sunday afternoon, we snapped some photos of him...let's be honest, we take pictures of him everyday. I know a lot of this is because he is our first baby. Plus, he takes cute pictures. Plus, we have a great camera. Our poor other children are going to have so few pictures compared to Jack!

This boy loves his daddy already!

It is rare that one is able to see Jack's neck, because of his killer double chin. But he does indeed have a neck--here is proof!

On the Babywise front, Jack has finally settled into a good 2 1/2 hour routine. He is sleeping really well at night, too. He usually sleeps for four hours, then eats, then another 2 1/2 to 3 hours before eating again. But I am still struggling with awake/sleep time. I have got the awake thing down. But I can't seem to get him to transition well into naptime. The only way I can get him to go to sleep is to literally rock/lull him into sleep. And I don't want him to be too dependent on that! I tried the whole cry it out thing today, but he seems to be crying for a really long time. Mallory, Ashley, (or any one else), any advice???


mylittlejoys said...

Hey girl! I dont know if this makes me a terrible mother or not, but we let Pax sleep in his swing or bouncy seat at night. Just until he decided to sleep longer than 2 hours. It started out mainly so that he wouldnt wake Anna Claire up when he cried, but then it turned into "Mama and Daddy need to sleep before we turn into Zombies!" :) I say, do whatever works for you to get some sleep! My friend let her baby sleep in his boppy for a while. Good Luck!

Ashley said...

The worst part in the entire babywise training: crying it out. You can do it! I promise you can. You need a good video monitor so that you're not worried when you can't see him and he's crying. For peace of mind a video monitor will help so you can sit outside his door and know he's ok when he's upset. I would start out at the beginning laying them in their crib (after a book or singing or whatever) then letting them cry for 5 minutes & going in after 5 minutes to NOT PICK HER UP (unless she was doing the crying-gasping-for-air-thing) but to rub her tummy and let her know she was ok and that I was still there. That lasted a few days then I would move up to 10, 15, and eventually 30 minutes of her crying without me going in. After two weeks both times sleep training was (for the most part) finished and they went almost right to sleep. I think two weeks was the worst point and then it seemed to break. Like all of the sudden they realized, instead of crying for 30 minutes today, I'll just cry for 10...
I KNOW BABYWISE WORKS! I've done it twice and have seen it done several other times. But every time I'm in the middle of those two weeks, I have severe doubts about what I'm doing and that it's the best thing for them.
It is hard to hear them cry anytime but in the end you will be so happy you stuck it out. I've found that most of the time it's me that can't handle hearing them cry and not them. Babies cry, you know? And he will not be scarred that you let him cry it out. He won't feel abandoned. You will always come back and eventually he will realize you will always come back.
You can do it!!

The doTERRA Darling said...

Agree 100% with Ashley above. It is hard to do, but having a baby not dependent on you rocking them is WONDERFUL! Start small, and when you go in, reassure him that you are there and you love him. He will get it and you will all benefit from it!