Archive for September, 2006

Nearly 4 Months Old

Daniel is taking a long nap. I’m trying to take advantage of it and get as much done as possible–hence the blog a bit earlier than I intended.

We’ve been having some trouble at bedtime lately. He’s been falling asleep around 8:30–barely able to keep his eyes open from exhaustion. But after about 30 minutes of sleep, he’ll start crying. When we go in to comfort him, he’s still half asleep. Sometimes we can get him back to sleep without much effort, but he wakes up again and again with the same crying episodes. Sometimes we can’t get him back to sleep and he’s awake for another couple of hours. BUT he’s been sleeping longer, so it’s kinda worth the trouble. Last night he slept for 7 hours and the night before, he slept for 8 hours.

Daniel is dealing with his first cold right now. He’s handling it okay. It’s really only a problem when he cries. Because he’s got mucous in his throat and nose, when he cries, it gets worse and he gags on it which makes him even more angry.

He still spits up SO MUCH. It almost made Dan vomit this weekend. The spit ups that happen right after he eats are fine, but the ones he does 30 or 40 minutes later smell like sour milk… cuz that’s what they are… sour milk. And sour milk all over your shirt, pants, face, whatever, is disgusting. Even when it’s your own milk! I always pack at least 2 extra outfits for Daniel when we go out because I know he’ll need to change his clothes–it’s just a matter of how long it will take. We’ve been putting bibs on him to catch some of the mess so he can wear his clothes a bit longer.

Daniel has been drinking from a cup lately. Not a sippie cup with a spout–a regular cup. Dan and I are season ticket holders at Glendale Centre Theatre and we’d missed the last two shows because of Daniel. We really wanted to see The Pirates of Penzance, but knew I’d have to leave a supply of milk if we were to go see it since we’d be gone longer than 2 hours. We did try giving Daniel a bottle (even though I really, really didn’t want to), but he just got mad. The cup works out great–he gets his milk without having to learn to suck a different way, and I get to brag that my 4-month-old son knows how to drink from a cup (and use the toilet)! Next month: driving lessons.

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14 Weeks Old

Three months and eight days old Daniel is. And pee on the potty he can.

We have been trying out the “Elimination Communication” or “Natural Infant Hygiene” or whatever you want to call it. At first, it seemed to work. After paying close attention to when Daniel tended to pee or poo, I held him over the toilet when I suspected it was time. I’d make a psss psss psss sound and hope that he peed so he would make the connection. I was timing it pretty good at first, but then I got lazy and stopped taking him every 20 minutes… because that got old really fast, and because I was tied to the house. I can’t go grocery shopping and be back home in 20 minutes. But I kept taking him to the toilet every once in a while. But yesterday we made a breakthrough… or so I thought. Daniel didn’t soil a single diaper from 7am-9pm!! He did all of his business on the toilet all day long, even though sometimes I waited 1 1/2 hours to take him to the bathroom. I was thrilled! But then today, he was back in the diaper-soiling business–though he did save his poo for the toilet today. But regardless of whether or not Daniel keeps a clean diaper from day-to-day, I know he understands that the toilet is a place for pee and poo and am convinced that this early introduction to its function will serve us well for early potty training–even if he’s not fully trained for some time now.

Daniel seems to be progressing by leaps and bounds these days. He can successfully reach for a toy and put it in his mouth now. He’s figuring out how to suck his thumb (so cute!) and has managed to laugh several times. His most robust and convincing laughter has come through non-family interactions. I wonder why he finds others so much funnier than us–a change of pace, perhaps? Silly faces he’s not used to? Whatever it is, it’s awesomely cute.

I took Daniel along to babysit for a friend’s little girl (nearly 2 years old). It was an experiment on several levels. I wanted to see how difficult it would be caring for two little ones with roughly the same age difference I’d like my kids to be and my friends wanted to see how their daughter responded to a baby in the house (they’re thinking about trying for a second). It was a positive experience all around, but it was only for a few hours. I think a 2- or 3-year age difference will likely be a good span–which means we’ll be thinking about trying for our second next winter sometime.

I’ve decided pretty definitively that once our second child comes along, I’m going to quit working for good. Of course the real decision will be based on our circumstances at the time, but not working will certainly be a priority. I started back to work recently and it’s going okay since I’m able to work at Dan’s parents’ house where I have full access to Daniel at any time, but when he is older and there’s a second child to care for, I doubt it will be as easy.

Currently, Daniel is standing on my lap in quite the unhappy mood, so I’m off to tend to him which will hopefully end in him falling asleep and staying asleep for many hours.

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