Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sleep

After much thought, debate and research we finally sleep trained N.
Now that it's over and he's sleeping 11.5+ hours each night and taking 2 great naps I can say that it was so worth it. But there were times when we were in the middle of it that I thought we were making a huge mistake. I'm not sure how it happened but as N got older his night waking got more frequent, then he started to take longer to settle, sometimes staying up for close to an hr. We were all exhausted and my patience was shot, which left the night time stuff more and more to J....not good when she's working full time!
When we were pregnant I totally thought we'd sleep train our baby, but of course after he arrived I couldn't imagine leaving him to cry for even a minute. There were different times when we thought and talked about it, but never did it. Hoping that this was just a phase that he would grow out of......
He never cried for really long periods - we always had a 15 minute limit and he got it so quickly for going to bed. The night waking lasted longer but I was told that it takes 21 days for a new habit to replace an old one.
The funny thing is that I always said that we couldn't talk about having another baby until the one we had was sleeping through the night....!!

Now that N is getting so close to his big birthday we've started planning his party. The invites just went out. We are planning on doing something here at the house - just a 'small' party with 30+ people!!! I'm planning on making him a smash cake myself, so have been researching ideas and trying to decide how healthy to make it and what I want it to look like. We're not really doing a theme so it doesn't have to fit in with anything.

N is getting so big. Weighs about 22 lbs now and has 5 teeth, 2 on the bottom and 3 on top. He wants to be on the move all the time and won't really sit and play with his toys. He's taking 3 or 4 steps by himself and loves to push his ride on or walking toy around. N loves to play outside and we did see spring for a little while and got to put up his swing and play in the yard. But winter is back and we have had snow 3 days this week. His other favorite thing is pointing! He points at things he wants to see and touch, it's very cute! Check out the pic from this weekend at the playground.





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