Sunday, February 25, 2007
Josey has also been sleeping through with no problems the past few nights, so I've actually been able to get decent sleep while I have this cold. His behaviour during the day is less than satisfactory though, and he's really not listening and getting a lot of time-outs. For some reason it's usually ok while it's just me at home with him, but as soon as Russ gets home he starts acting out. He gets a ton of attention from and playtime with Russ, so I'm not sure why he's being like this. Maybe it's just another phase that he'll grow out of in a couple of weeks.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Took 15 minutes to fall asleep at 8:20, woke up at 10:38 and 1:04 taking less than 8 minutes to go back to sleep each time, then woke at 3:57 and was up for an hour. He would lie down and close his eyes, then suddenly sit up just when I thought he was really asleep. When he finally did go down, he slept just under 2 hours. So not a great night, but the cough medicine I gave him before bed didn't work and he was stuffed up and hacking all night, so I blame that. I don't have any other kind of medicine to try him on tonight so I expect it to be just as rough. Josey also got up 3 times in the night, which is getting annoying considering there's a possibility that Roanen may start sleeping through soon.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Oh, and here's the link to a video of Roanen walking:
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
- Wake at 11:14 (1 hr 45 minute sleep stretch - Russ had a shower and it woke him up)
- 13 minutes to get back to sleep, asleep at 11:27
- Wake at 1:56 (2 hr 29 minute sleep stretch)
- 13 minutes to get back to sleep, asleep at 2:09
- Wake at 3:43 (1 hr 34 minute sleep stretch)
- 8 minutes to get back to sleep, asleep at 3:51
- Wake at 6:50 for good, in a very happy mood (2 hr 59 minute sleep stretch)
He slept for a total of 9 hours and 19 minutes and was only awake a total of 46 minutes over the course of the night. I understand that this really doesn't look very good, but this is the child that has never gone a night at home without being nursed. I also heard him wake up a couple of times and put himself back to sleep, which he has never done before either. There finally seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, although he adapts very well to things right away, then everything falls apart usually. I'm determined to not let him nurse through the night anymore, and I expect that he will be completely weaned within a week (boobs allowing). We'll see how he does tonight after getting his one year shots today (boo). I have hope again though!
Friday, February 16, 2007
I am now 8 weeks, 3 days according to the ultrasound, at least 10 weeks according to me (the most reliable source), and about 12 weeks according to my cycle. So basically we're not really sure where I'm at. We had the positive pregnancy test on January 17th after several weeks of "I'm so crampy I'm DEFINITELY getting my period tomorrow", "No, there's absolutely no way I'm pregnant", 2 negative pregnancy tests, and one night-before-the-positive-test firm decision that being pregnant would be the worst thing ever. Needless to say we were completely shocked, and unfortunately I must say rather dismayed. Russ was a complete stress case, worrying about being able to afford a van since there's no way we can fit 3 car seats into the car. I'm much more concerned about the boys and myself. I had made the decision that we definitely did not want another baby until Roanen was over 2 1/2, probably closer to 3 1/2. Aside from the fact that, other than sleeping, Roanen is only now starting to get easier to deal with at 13 months, I really wanted to be able to concentrate on and enjoy just having the two of them. Roanen will still be pretty much a baby himself at 20 months when I'm due, and I feel so sorry for him, as well as for Josey since he hasn't gotten much one on one attention since needy Roanen was born. I couldn't get the least bit excited over the thought of having a tiny, screaming, carry-me-around, feed-me-now baby again.
Fortunately, while I was storing some boxes this morning, I saw the box of newborn sleepers and got a momentary twinge of excitement and anticipation. I figured it would happen eventually, but it was still a nice feeling, and a change from the usual panic and stress. I can also get excited about being pregnant in the summer (remind me of this when I'm complaining about feeling like a human furnace in August) so instead of the hideous, huge winter maternity sweaters I wore the last two times around I can get cool tops. I've already picked out $100 worth of tank tops alone on the Motherhood Maternity website. Woohoo shopping!
I'll be having another ultrasound at the very least in about 5 weeks for the maternal serum screening that I'm going to do, unless the doctor believes my side of the story and wants to check the dates again. We're not finding out the sex of the baby (my choice, not Russ') and Russ won't discuss names until I'm at least 6 months along. I've been feeling a little better than I did with my pregnancy with Josey; I get queasy if I haven't eaten in a while and I'm pretty low on energy and motivation, which sucks. I've had a bit of indigestion and some crazy bad heartburn a couple of times, and my pants still fit but are getting a little tighter. I notice a little bulge, but no one else would be able to, I'm sure. Nursing Roanen was killing me for a while but since we've really cut down on that it's been ok. I'm probably not (ok, definitely not) eating enough for me, Roanen, and the baby, but I figure the baby will probably get first dibs on everything I do eat since nature tends to work that way.
So that's pretty much the scoop up until now. I'm glad I can write it all now while I remember everything - I'm sure pregnancy brain will set in soon. Again. Sigh.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
After all of this, I just happened to remember that I have the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers book, and that she considers 1 year olds toddlers, so I checked it to see if there was any useful info in it. Coincidentally there's a case study in it with a 14 month old with all the sleep issues that Roanen has, so now I have a plan. It's going to involve much crying and probably a lot of sleepless nights for us, but hopefully it will work. I'll give it a good try anyway because I'm totally done with this.
On the plus side with Roanen, he has begun signing again. Most importantly he signs "hungry" which is great because now I know that when he gets really cranky he's usually hungry, and I also know that he's able to eat a lot more at a meal than I was giving him. He's also playing on his own and with Josey for really long periods of time, which gives me a nice break, although I can't get anything done because I'm afraid if he sees me or hears me doing something it's going to remind him that I'm around and he'll get clingy again.
Josey's behaviour has also been a lot better. He's listening a little more, and we had a huge breakthrough at Toybus yesterday when he wasn't running into anyone or running around like a maniac during song time. Even the organizer was really impressed and noticed that he was showing a ton of restraint when some of the other kids got hyper and he just watched them go crazy instead of joining in (or starting it for that matter which is what usually happens). He was very proud of himself, and is still talking about it a day later.
Finally, apparently Josey believes that he is solely responsible for Roanen, and has been apologizing for "not watching Roanen" when Roanen does things like fall down the stairs or break things. Pretty amusing stuff. Mostly. Unfortunately he just pooped his pants and apparently feels that he deserves chocolate for doing so. Give me strength...
Sunday, February 11, 2007
He has also begun to have tantrums where he flings himself face first into the ground and lies there crying and writhing. Lovely.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Josey has stayed dry most days, although we really have to remind him and practically force him to pee when we think it's been long enough since the last time. On Sunday and Monday he did have a couple of not-so-accidental accidents, and since we were at the end of our rope, we cut two holes in a plastic garbage bag, put his legs through them, and tied them around his waist. He was not impressed with having to sit in his wet pants for a couple of hours. Sounds really cruel, but we figured he wasn't really suffering the consequences of peeing his pants when we immediately cleaned him off and put him in dry pants.
As for Roanen's sleeping, the first two nights we stayed here he slept in Josey's bed for part of the night (while Josey was at Grammie and Grampa's), but he didn't sleep much better than usual. The third night we put him in the playpen and his first sleep stretch was 5 1/2 hours! We were planning on setting up the toddler bed for him, but we can't seem to find any of the hardware to put it together. Now we're just going to get him a single bed and a gate so we can attempt to wean him at night. Since we've moved in I've been trying to get him to fall asleep without nursing, which entails lying down with him and either rubbing his back or pretending to sleep. It has actually worked several times, particularly during the day, but it's impossible for me to try to fit into the crib or playpen, which is the reason for the single bed, as early as it seems. So he hasn't nursed at all during the day for 3 days now (except for a quick one yesterday because my boob was about to explode) and once we get the single bed I'm going to try to night wean him, which should make for some loud, upsetting nights. He has also been going to bed at almost 9 PM every night, but sleeping in until after 7 AM. I think it's because he doesn't have a specific nap time during the day and it messes him up for bedtime when he passes out on somebody at 5 PM. Today I tried putting him down for his nap at 11:30 on Josey's bed and he ended up sleeping over 2 hours. Maybe he's ready to cut down to one nap a day, and then he'll start sleeping through the night! Like that will happen.