So my assumption is that this book was written for parents who have trouble getting their little one to go to sleep. An understandable and very common problem. So far, with M.D., Steven and I have been very lucky when it comes to bedime.
For as much as this little monster cried and screamed and wailed during the day for his first 3 (4) months of life, he knew when it was time for bed and he was ready to go. And ready to stay....(asleep, that is). 90% of it was that he tired himself out. The other 10% was that God wanted us to care for this child until the end of our lives...and he didn't want the end to come too quickly.
Another credit that I will give Steven & I is that we have been VERY regimented when it comes to M.D.'s bedtime routine. We did not sleep-train him as a newborn. P.S. What on earth does sleep-training mean? I read about it online EVERYWHERE and just used it because it sounded like it fit, but it's really a bunch of bullshit. Find me a parent who can "train" a baby to do ANYTHING that it doesn't already do on it's own, naturally, I will bow to them. Sleep-training-my-ass. Pshhhhhh....
Anyways, ever since M.D. has started sleeping in his own room in his big boy crib (around 3-4 months) we have stuck to a bedtime routine and not strayed. M.D. goes down for the night between 7-8pm every night. That sounds like it's not very regimented...an hour time gap?! BUT for a 4,5,6 month old..that's pretty strict. It also depends on when we get him from daycare, whether or not we stay at M.D.'s grandma's house for dinner after picking him up, etc. Usually this closer to 7:00-7:30 bedtime.
M.D. gets his nighttime bottle around 6:30-7pm. Then it's bedtime. We lay him down...awake...and turn on his fish/lamb/mobile/dog/whatever the heck has batteries that work and will lull him to sleep. He doesn't fall asleep right away. Even to this day. He's a human...not a robot. BUT the point is...he stays in his crib. He sometimes fusses, sure. He's a baby. And we go in and we put his pacifier back in his mouth and give him kisses...but we don't pick him up. He doesn't get to come out. It's bedtime. What a bunch of assholes huh? :)
But it works! It was hard at first. Sometimes he still tests us. But 9 times outta 10 we lay him down and he is asleep within 15 minutes. FOR THE NIGHT. He will wake up and eat again around 6am. BAM! At least we got one thing right :)
We went to that homeshow I mentioned in a previous blog and everybody was all goo-goo-ga-ga over M.D. in his stroller. On our way out the door one vendor stopped us to take a peek. He said, Oh what a cute little guy, how old?
We said, 5 months.
He said, Is he sleeping through the night...HAHAHA just kidding...I remember that age.
We said, He actually is sleeping through the night.
He said, (nothing)...then, Well don't expect that next time! Your next one will probably have colic!
We said, Nothing. Been there, done that :)
No more posts for the next few days! Steven and I are heading out to a wedding tomorrow afternoon and won't be back until Saturday night. Nana is babysitting/dogsitting/housesitting (in that order) while we are gone.
If you get sick of re-reading my posts here are some interesting articles that I enjoyed today :)
Homemade Baby Food (this I especially liked because I thought making FRUIT homemade babyfood would suck. It might. But this makes it seem at least a little easier.
Citrus Lane Baby Gift Box review. I had never heard of this before but it would make a great gift idea for someone's baby shower or a child's birthday...who doesn't like presents every month!?
Chili Bar?! Yes please! Such a cute party/gathering idea.
Edible Finger Paint. I'm super excited about this. I had been looking for something similar now that M.D. has figured out he can grab food out of his mouth and smear it all over his highchair tray. Let's turn that into art! :)
And finally...some adorable pics of M.D. playing at daycare. He loves tummy time now, especially when there's lots of toys to play with. He was a big fan of this inch worm yesterday! (*Sorry for picture quality*)