Sunday, September 30, 2012

6 Months

Dear Remington-
Your six month stats: 23 lbs and 29 inches. AKA You are approximately the size of an average one year old. Dad loves when people ask how old you are and watching their reaction to your jumbo-ness. Currently you are in 18-24 mon size clothing which totally blows my mind. At six months you are officially crawling. You look like a little inch worm as you get from point A to point B. So cute. You continue to pull yourself up on everything, including the toilet. Yuck. The bathroom door stays closed from now on. This month you learned how to clap but only with your fists closed. Slowly but surely you've been sleeping for longer periods during the night and therefor eliminating some of your (many) night feedings. Hallelujah. Anytime we take something away from you, you have a meltdown. Sometimes it's cute. You seem to be adjusting pretty well now that I am gone half the day. Except for taking a bottle... You will take it if you have to but you're so stubborn that sometimes you will wait until I get home to nurse. We can't fool you with those plastic nipples. Litte stinker. Speaking of stinker, you're halloween costume this year...I die! You're going to be the most adorable little skunk boy ever. Oh Mr. Rem Rem your gummy smile still melts me into a puddle every day. (No teeth poking through yet.) I continue to enjoy the quiet moments of snuggle time (now that they are becoming few and far between) when you will actually let me hold you. No matter how big you get you will always be my little baby.

Happy half birthday month handsome-

Love,
Momma


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

sleep training part 1

(I started writing this like a month ago, so thats why the time framing explained might seem a little confusing...just go with it.)

We are the the midst of sleep training Remington. Dave wanted to wait until Remi was 6 months old because at that age SIDS declines drastically. I wanted to start a little earlier because by 6 months I would be starting up school and I wanted to have a solid routine down before then. We eased into it slowly. We started by getting him used to sleeping and waking up in his crib alone and in a different room. I started putting him down for one nap a day in the crib. After a week or so he was sleeping in the crib for all of his naps. Then we started the overnight in the crib. The first night wasn't so bad since then it's been going ok. Here is a typical night for us. Around 7pm we start our bedtime routine:

bath
baby massage
jammies
swaddle (just his arms)
nurse
rock 
or rock while we nurse :)

He's asleep by 8. Sometimes a little later, sometimes earlier. He falls asleep pretty easily after his tummy is full and he is wrapped up tight. It's never a fight to put him down. (but like every baby he has those days) So, I lay him down in his crib, dim his light, close his door and turn the fan on out side his room. 40 minutes later I can hear him whimper and cry out. I walk in and his eyes are still closed. His mouth is wide open searching for a boob. I nurse him for about 10 minutes and he is asleep again. Now he will sleep for three or four hours without waking up. By this time David and I are both getting ready for bed or are almost asleep. If we hear him start to wak up David will pick him up and rock him for a few minutes and if that doesn't work i'll nurse him again. We both go to bed and like clock work Rem is up by 3:30 or 4am. David brings him into bed with us and I nurse him again. We cuddle up and sleep for the rest of the night. He's awake for the day by 6 or 7.

At this point I really don't have a problem with our routine. Besides his constant need/want for the boob at night he is a really good sleeper. I know that it will take time for him to completely give up his night feedings and transition to staying in his crib.

When asked about how are sleep training is going by friends and family they all respond with the same suggestion.

"Just let him cry it out. "

Ok...

This irks me every time I hear it so i'm just going to throw it out there.

WE ARE ANTI-CRY IT OUT.

GASP!  I know.

Once again I feel like the i'm the ONLY one amongst my peers who disagrees with this common parenting method.

Why is that?!

Nine times out of ten it's not worth my time or energy trying to explain and help those understand why we feel the way we do. So instead I will continue on with my argument thoughts on CIO (cry it out) on a part 2 of this post.

stay tuned my friends.


and now some ridiculous cute pictures of Remington sleeping that have absolutely nothing to do with this post...besides the fact that he's sleeping...




back to school



 first day of school

 Whelp I survived my first week back to school. I am physically and mentally exhausted. So far I am really enjoying taking a break from mom duties and having intellectually stimulating conversations with fellow peers. My classes are awesome. Rem seems to be adjusting pretty well having me gone half the day. David has morphed into the perfect house wife. I come home to a clean house, folded laundry and even a prepped dinner. (I knew snagged a good one.) My course load this semester is slightly overwhelming. I now have to make time to study on campus because doing that at home is pretty much going to be impossible. I've noticed that my perspective has totally changed now that I'm a student- mom. I find myself continually annoyed with the immaturity and  the "single scene" of the younger students. Was I really like them once? HA! OH I can't wait to be done. Graduation is near. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

And now for some remstagrams while I head back to the books. 

Happy Weekend. 






















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