My Little Nugget Is 15 Months Old!

It’s been a while! Little man is growing nonstop and getting into EVERYTHING! I’ve been thinking of getting a quick update in for a while now and I thought today is the day!

Since I last posted we had M’s birthday party and it was a great turnout! Mommy was stressed to the max, but we got through it with lots of friends and family and gifts galore!

M started really walking on Super Bowl Sunday. Before that he would take steps if coaxed, but he was pretty content just crawling. We went to my aunt’s to watch the game and while we were there he just stood up and walked around all night! He’s been walking, running, climbing, you name it, ever since!! He keeps me on my toes!

We are trying to kick the bottle right now. We have bought every sippy cup under the sun but he does not like his milk out of any of them. I’m making head way with a Nuk sippy during the day though, and for now he still gets a regular bottle before bed. He’s been on whole milk since January and loves it…as long as he gets it in a bottle lol. The kid will eat ANYTHING you put in front of him. He loves to eat! Sometimes veggies are a struggle, but for the most part he is a great eater.

We had our 15 month check up with shots last week. He weighed in at 25lbs 6oz and is 32in tall! My baby is growing like crazy! It amazes me to look back on pictures of him from a year ago and see what a little man he is turning into. He’s fitting great into 18 month clothes right now and still in size 4 diapers.

This past month M had a great Easter with family and just a couple weeks ago we took him to the zoo for the first time. He loved the petting zoo! I can’t wait to do more fun stuff like that with him 🙂

I’ll try to update as much as I can, this kid just keeps me so busy! I do still check in on everyone’s blogs from time to time, I enjoy seeing your updates when you can! 😀

St. Patrick's Day last year and this year!

St. Patrick’s Day last year and this year!

Playing in the snow! We got a lot this year in February into March.

Playing in the snow! We got a lot this year in February into March.

Finally got some pretty weather!

Finally got some pretty weather!

This boy LOVES to play outside!

This boy LOVES to play outside!

New boots!

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Baby Nugget – 1 Year

Happy Birthday, Baby Boy!!!

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I cannot believe you are 1 YEAR OLD!

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We had a busy month! I feel like we’ve been going nonstop! And we still have your birthday party next weekend!

We celebrated your first Christmas this past month, and it was amazing and hectic! I think you had a blast, but only because you had no idea what was going on haha! Everyone loved seeing you and you were the center of attention everywhere we went, which was a LOT of places. We will be rethinking our Christmas plans for next year.

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You celebrated your first New Year and you got all dressed up for the occasion:

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You also had your first birthday! We aren’t having your party until the 18th, but you got to enjoy your very own cupcake at home, and you went at it face first!

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You also had your last photo session in our Grow With Me package. Makes momma sad! You are growing so fast!

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What are your stats and what does the doctor say?

We go for your 1 year checkup on Tuesday, but I think you are about 23lbs and 30in tall. I’m excited to talk to Dr. Chris about how/when to wean you off formula and move on to whole milk! Scary but exciting!

What are you eating?

EVERYTHING! Some days you seem like a bottomless pit. Haha. We’re trying to feed you more “real” food, but you occasionally still get a stage 3 baby food. You usually eat what we eat in some form. You LOVE toast! And carrots are a big hit, too! Shredded chicken is a new favorite, and you like to snack on graham crackers. You still get 4 bottles a day of Enfamil Infant.

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When do you eat and sleep?

Most of the routine is still the same. Up anytime between 6:30 and 7:30. Breakfast at 7:30. Morning bottle at 9. Nap around 10 or 10:30. Lunch at 11:30 or 12. Bottle at 1:00. Afternoon snack and nap around 2-3. Bottle around 5. Dinner at 6. Bedtime bottle at 8.

What do your routines look like?

Eat, play sleep! No change here.

What size clothing and diapers are you wearing?

12 month clothes and we finally moved up to size 4 diapers. They are a little big in the waist, but we were having some leaks in the 3’s. No more leaks!

What are some things you love?

You love animals, doggies in particular! You call every dog you see “Jenny” because that’s what our dogs name is. It’s adorable! You love to be chased and tickled. You love story time with daddy everynight and you get so excited when he reads you Goldilocks and the Three Bears and makes the bears ROOOAAR! You love your mommy and daddy. We found out at your photo shoot you LOVE balloons!

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What are some things you don’t love?

You still don’t like waiting…for anything. You got a new Rock n Roll Elmo doll for Christmas, and you loved it in the box but you are absolutely terrified of it since we took it out of the box. You still don’t like sleeping at night too much lol.

What are some things you can do?

So much! You took your first steps this month all by yourself! And a couple nights ago you took 9 steps in a row! You can wave hello and bye bye (two different kinds of waves haha), you can throw a ball, you can give kisses, clap, point. You can point to mommy’s nose when she asks you where her nose is. You can also FINALLY say momma! Along with daddy, Jenny (the dog) and yes. You are so smart and learning things everyday!

What are we looking forward to?

Oh my gosh. I can’t even imagine what this next year will have in store for us. This last one went by so fast, I still can’t believe I have a one year old. You have turned our world upside down and you’ve challenged me every single day to be a better mom and better me all together. It took so long to get you here, but I know now it’s because I was supposed to wait especially for you. You, my sweet boy, were made just for me. You were supposed to be mine all along. And you were worth every penny spent, every mile driven, every needle stick, every tear shed, every heartbreaking second spent waiting on that second line.

So I guess we are just looking forward to sitting back and watching you grow and seeing what places you take us next.

Happy birthday my precious boy. I wish for you to always know how much you are loved.

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**So there we have it, our first year in the books. We all survived! I’m not sure how I will continue with the updates. Maybe every 3 months? Who knows?! Keep an eye out for the rest of our 1st Birthday photo session and our party pictures!**

Baby Nugget – 11 Months

It is SO crazy that you are already 11 MONTHS OLD! Time needs to slow down!

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Its been a busy month! You’ve learned all sorts of new things! You can wave Bye-Bye, point to something if we ask you to, and clap your hands!

This month you celebrated your first Thanksgiving! You loved all the food you got to eat, especially munching off of mommy’s dessert on her plate! We had a wonderful with family, you got to play with your cousin (who is 18 months old) and I’m pretty sure she taught you how to throw a fit because you’ve been doing that lately lol!

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We made salt dough turkey hands with Baby B this month:

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And the only downfall to Thanksgiving was you busted your chin on Aunt S’s coffee table that evening before we went home. You are a tough boy though, and it didn’t slow you down for long.

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We went over to mommy’s friend’s house last week and she snapped a few photos of you for our Christmas card. They turned out GREAT! You’re such a photogenic little guy!

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What are your stats and what does the doctor say?

We went back to the doctor the week of Thanksgiving for your Flu Shot booster, but you didn’t see Dr. Chris. You were such a big boy for your shot though, you only cried for a second, and I think it was just because you were mad lol. I’m guessing you are between 22-23lbs.

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What are you eating?

EVERYTHING! Seriously, anything I put in front of you. You would much rather feed yourself these days, so its getting harder to feed you baby food. You’re still drinking Enfamil Infant, you get 4 bottles a day.

When do you eat and sleep?

You get a bottle every 4 hours throughout the day. You get oatmeal and toast for breakfast at around 7:30. Baby food for lunch and baby food and table food for dinner. You get two naps during the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Bedtime is around 8pm. You’re getting better at sleeping in your crib all night again, although it is a work in progress.

What do your routines look like?

Eat, play, sleep! No change here, you’re on a pretty good schedule these days.

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What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?

Size 3 diapers and size 12 months in most clothing.

What are some things you love?

You love to GO! You don’t stay still for long these days! You love CLIMBING on everything, you are a little monkey! You love walking behind your push walker that you got from the baby G girls. You have a new bedtime Monkey who’s belly glows and plays lullabies, and you love to snuggle him at nighttime (he is helping you get used to sleeping in your crib!). We have a big cardboard box that your Christmas present was shipped in and daddy cut some holes in it for you to crawl through and you absolutely love it!

What are some things you don’t love?

You still don’t like waiting for food. You don’t like being told No. You don’t like being left alone in a room, even for a second. And you don’t like waking up in the middle of the night and not be able to find mommy.

What are some things you can do?

Oh my gosh, you crawl, you climb, you clap, you wave bye bye, you point, you give kisses, you dance! Still waiting for you to walk unassisted, but I don’t think it will be long!

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What are we looking forward to in the next month?

Your first Christmas! Going to see Santa and looking a Christmas lights. And of course, your first birthday party! I can’t believe you will be ONE the next time I update!

Baby Nugget – 10 Months

Time sure flies! As usual, I’m late with this update. But that doesn’t change that you were 10 MONTHS OLD on November 2nd my sweet little boy!

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It seems like as the year goes on we just keep getting busier and busier!

This past month you had your 9 month checkup and got your first flu shot.

Reading up on the flu shot!

Reading up on the flu shot!

We had our annual Family Fall Fiesta dinner at Aunt S’s house.

You celebrated your first Halloween dressed as Charlie Brown, and we rolled right into November where it seems like we have an endless amount of things happening!

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

You finally mastered crawling up off your belly and boy do you fly! You’re also pulling up and cruising on EVERYTHING and would much rather walk (assisted) than do anything else. And you got FOUR new teeth in this month! That makes six total, four on top and two on bottom! Mommy is so proud of you and is amazed everyday by how much you grow and learn!

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What are your stats and what does the doctor say?

Healthy healthy boy! At your 9 month well visit you weighed 21lbs 8oz and were 28.75in tall. 70th percentile for weight and 50th for height. Dr. Chris was impressed with how strong you are and said your right on track with your milestones, and were even hitting 10 month milestones early!

What are you eating?

Anything we put in front of you! Your favorite baby food is the Stage 3 Chicken Noodle though, you love that stuff! You love to eat off momma’s plate and are more interested in table food than baby food now. You really love to feed yourself, which is quite messy but adorable! You love to snack on Puffs and arrow root cookies. You’re still eating Enfamil Infant throughout the day, and you would rather drink water than juice anytime from your sippy.

When do you eat and sleep?

You get a bottle every 4 hours throughout the day. You get oatmeal for breakfast at around 7:30. Baby food for lunch and baby food and table food for dinner. You get two naps during the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Bedtime is around 8pm. You sleep until about midnight, then you wake up and here lately have been having a lot of separation anxiety going on. You clench onto mommy and won’t let go, so for now you’re back to sleeping with mommy for the 2nd half of the night.

What do your routines look like?

Eat, Play, Sleep! No change here! After breakfast we play until naptime, then you’re up for lunch and a bottle, then its playtime until naptime, then another bottle, play, dinner, then its bath time, story time, and bedtime!

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What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?

Size 3 diapers still and size 9 month to 12 month clothes.

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What are some things you love?

You love to GO GO GO! Always exploring and getting into things! You love books and story time with daddy before bed. You absolutely LOVE Sesame Street! It is your favorite thing on the TV and always grabs your attention!

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What are some things you don’t love?

You don’t like for mommy to be out of your sight, and you don’t like waking in the middle of the night and not being able to find her. Separation Anxiety has hit hard! You don’t like to be told no at all!

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What are some things you can do?

What can’t you do?! You can crawl, you can play chase with daddy, you can crawl up and down stairs, you light up and dance anytime you hear music, you can CLIMB on things you have no business climbing on! LOL

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What are we looking forward to in the next month?

Your first Thanksgiving! And decorating for Christmas! Mommy and Daddy are excited to go shopping for you! And of course planning your 1st birthday party, which is coming up VERY soon!

Good Grief!

M had his 9 month pictures this week, and I just HAVE to share this now! I haven’t seen them all yet, my photographer only posts 1 shot right away to hold you over until she’s finished editing them all. But this is the shot she chose to share and I just can’t get over the COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS CUTENESS! So I had to share!

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Baby Nugget – 9 Months

Better late than never! Kid, you are 9 MONTHS OLD! How are you growing so fast?!

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It’s been a pretty busy month! And you have been a busy boy growing and learning all sorts of new things!

You started crawling shortly after turning 8 months old, although Mommy calls it your “army crawl” because you don’t actually get up on your hands and knees. I’ve seen you take a few strides on your hands and knees, but for the most part you are content scooting along on your belly, and you can get around FAST!

You’ve been constantly pulling up on anything you can find and you started cruising really well just a week or so ago. Now its ALL you want to do! We have to keep a close eye these days because sometimes you try to pull up on something you shouldn’t (like a TV tray) and you wipe out. You’ve had a couple of bumps and bruises already.

You had a play date with Baby B this last month, you went to Baby G’s birthday party, and you went to the State Fair with mommy and daddy! You loved seeing the animals in the petting zoo, but other than that you were pretty unimpressed and really tuckered out by the time we left!

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What are your stats and what does the doctor say?

We go to the doc in a week and a half, but I’m guessing you are about 22lbs and maybe 29ish inches.

What are you eating?

Anything we’ll let you put in your mouth! You’re still on Enfamil Infant formula and you have every flavor of baby food under the sun! You love food! Gerber Puffs are a big hit with you as well! You got to have spaghetti for the first time this month, and you had a pretty good time! I’m not sure much made it in your mouth, but you had fun anyway.

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We went to eat at Cracker Barrel with your Nana this month, too, and you had mashed potatoes, green beans, and some mushed up carrots. You loved it and were a very good boy in the restaurant! Everyone stopped at our table to talk to you, and I’m pretty sure one old lady was going to take you home if I turned my back long enough!

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When do you eat and sleep?

You have a bottle every 4 hours during the day. You get oatmeal when you wake up in the morning (usually between 6:30-7:30) and baby food at lunchtime and sometimes dinner time. Sometimes you get a little off our plates at dinner. You have puffs for a snack through out the day. You have two naps throughtout the day, go to bed at around 8:00, and usually get up between 1:30 and 3:30 for a small bottle (not sure how to kick this middle of the night bottle yet). The last couple nights you’ve gotten up several times but I think it’s because you are cutting your top two teeth right now!

What do you routines look like?

Pretty much the same! Eat, Play, Sleep! You wake up at 6:30-7:30, have breakfast and a bottle, then we play play play! You nap usually around 9:30-10, usually for an hour to two hours. When you wake up it’s lunch time, then you play play play some more. Then you go down for your afternoon nap around 2ish, sleep for an hour to two hours. When you wake it’s time for a bottle, play play play until dinner time, then play more. At 7:30 you get a bath, then daddy reads you a bedtime story, then you get your bedtime bottle and mommy puts you bed for night around 8:00pm.

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What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?

9 month clothes. Some 6-9 stuff still fits, and you even have a 3-6 shirt that fits well. Usually you can wear smaller tshirts. 12 month stuff is a little big, but not unwearable, especially pants! You are still in size 3 diapers.

What are some things you love?

You love to stand up and cruise on the furniture! You love getting into whatever you can get your hands on now that you are mobile. You LOVE music and you dance whenever it comes on! It is the cutest thing!!! I have no idea where you learned it, you just started grooving one day when daddy played a song on his phone and since then you dance and giggle to any song you hear!

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What are some things you don’t love?

You don’t like not getting your way…especially now that mommy has to pull you away from things, like the bookshelf so you don’t pull it over on top of yourself. You don’t like for mommy to leave the room. You don’t like strange people to hold you, especially when mommy is right there. You have a little bit of “Stranger Danger” going on and it’s take a while to warm up to new people.

What are some things you can do?

You can pull up and cruise, you can crawl, you can dance to music. You can give the sweetest baby kisses now! Mommy love it when you’re feeling extra sweet and giving away kisses!

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What are we looking forward to in the next month?

Your first Halloween, your 9 month checkup, going to the Pumpkin Patch, our annual Fall Fiesta (a family dinner where we have Mexican food…we do it in October to fill in the gap between Labor Day dinner and Thanksgiving Dinner…my family likes to have big dinners!). It’s going to be very busy these next few months…and mommy has a birthday party to start planning! Eeeek!

Baby Nugget – 8 Months

I cannot believe you are already 8 MONTHS OLD! Where has the time gone??!

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As you can see, our photo shoot didn’t go so well because you are getting VERY mobile these days! Not crawling yet, but lunging and scooting and pulling yourself up on EVERYTHING! You are constantly trying to crawl out of your crib and would not sit down next to Sulley for anything lol! (crib mattress is getting moved DOWN tonight!)

This month you’ve had fun playing outside with Jenny during our pretty mild (for around here) summer. You’ve had a playdate with your friend, Baby J, you enjoyed Labor Day weekend with your family, and you got a brand new big boy carseat!

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You had just woken up in this pic so that’s why you look so mad, but you usually LOVE riding in the car 🙂

You also had you first big boo-boo this month! You toppled over while you were playing and hit your eye on a toy! 😦 Mommy was so sad and you got extra love and cuddles that day!

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What are your stats and what does the doctor say?

We haven’t been to the doctor and aren’t due to go until October, but I’m betting you’re around 21ishlbs and 28-29inches long… just a mommy guess, though 🙂

What are you eating?

Still Enfamil Infant. Around 30oz a day. You get baby food 2-3 times a day and you get to try bites of mommy and daddy’s food sometimes too. You finally came around to the Little Munchers (we call them baby Cheetos) and you tried some scrambled eggs but were not crazy about them at all!

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When do you eat and sleep?

You get a bottle every 4 hours during the day. For breakfast you get cereal or blended fruits and oatmeal baby food. For lunch you get baby food. For dinner you sometimes get baby food and sometimes a little off mommy’s plate, just depends on how the night is going for us.

Now let’s talk about sleep….

Kid, I am SO PROUD OF YOU! For the past 5 nights you have slept in your crib in your room all night long! Now, mommy occasionally has to come in and comfort you a little, but you are so good at rolling over and putting yourself back to sleep now. Sleep Training was a success and I am so happy we went through with it. The only problem is now that you’re getting 12+ hours of sleep at night, you don’t want to nap during the day! Gotta figure that out, but one thing at a time!

What do your routines look like?

Eat, play, and SOMETIMES sleep during the day (working on naptime now that bedtime is better). We started a new bedtime routine that we are sticking with religiously. At 7:30 you get a bath. At 7:40 out of the bath and you get nighttime lotion and jammies on. Daddy reads you a bedtime story in your room, then mommy gives you your bedtime bottle at 8:00. By 8:15 you’re in your crib for the night. You stay there all night, and for now get up for a bottle between 3-5am. Then you usually sleep until 8 or longer. Then you get up, have breakfast, and we start the day again!

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What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?

6-9 month and 9 month clothes. You are still wearing size 3 diapers but we switched to Huggies Little Movers because you kept having crazy blowouts in the Luvs. I miss the price tag on the Luvs, but we haven’t had any more messes with the Huggies and I actually like them a lot better…they seem much softer and more comfy on your little tushy.

What are some things you love?

You still love to eat! You love to be outside and you think our dog Jenny is the greatest thing! You love love love to stand up!

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What are some things you don’t like?

You don’t like the vacuum cleaner or mommy’s hair dryer. For some reason now they scare the bejeebus out of you! You don’t like to be left alone for even a minute.

What are some thing you can do?

You can pull yourself up and that’s all you want to do now! Still not crawling and really showing no interest, but you can scoot and roll to get places. You can say “Mmmm” after a bite and still only say Dada. You can blow a raspberry back when someone blows one to you.

What are we looking forward to in the next month?

Before you turn 9 months old, hopefully you will work on crawling! We will go shopping for clothes for your 9 month pics coming up, and we will do family pictures at that time too! Still no teeth so hopefully it will come through, too! And we will work on naptime once bedtime is completely stable.

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Nights 2 & 3

Went great!

He woke up at 10:44 the 2nd night. We went 5 minutes before going in to him this time. By 11:12 he was sound asleep again. Up at 4:30 for a bottle and back to sleep until almost 9 the next morning!

Night 3 was even better! He woke up a couple of times and cried out just once, then found his binky and rolled over and went right back to sleep. (This means he is learning to soothe himself to sleep, something he has never been able to do before! I’m so excited for him!) He woke up around 2am and we let you whine and cry for about 5 minutes. I went in, gave him his binky, patted his butt and off to sleep he went! Woke again at 5:30 for a bottle, then back to sleep until 8:40!

So proud of my little guy!

I’m happy that he’s getting good sleep, finally, and I’ve gotten some of the best night’s sleeps that I’ve had since before I had him!

Night 1

It went much better than I thought it would! M went down for the night at 8:22. He woke up right on time at 10:12. And the sleep training began…

 

He whined a bit and then started to cry out once I didn’t immediately come and get him. We timed it…I waited 3 minutes before I went in. I soothed him for 1 minute. Patted his butt, rubbed his back, shushed him and sang our bedtime song. Hubby had to tell me my minute was up. He screamed the moment I left his side.

 

I sat in the living room for the longest 3 minutes of my life. I watched him on the monitor look around his crib and reach his arm through the bars…. he was looking for me, reaching for me.

 

It was at that moment my heart broke and I began to cry. Hubby said that wasn’t a very good start and I needed to toughen up. I handed him the monitor because I couldn’t watch my baby reach out for me anymore.

 

When I finally got through the 3 minutes I ran back in to comfort my baby. He quieted down each time I went in, and even though he wanted me to pick him up and I wouldn’t, he seemed reassured that I was there. 

 

At 10:48 M was sound asleep. 36 minutes. That’s all it took. I was expecting HOURS, but he only cried for 36 minutes! 

 

He slept until 4:00, at which time we repeated the process. He was wishy washy that time…..falling asleep then waking up crying again. Finally at 5:30 I gave him a bottle, but still did NOT pick him up! He was asleep before he was done and slept until 8:45 this morning! 

 

IN HIS CRIB THE ENTIRE NIGHT!

 

Night 2 is on progress right now… Here’s hoping for another great night of sleep (or even better)!!!

Tonight’s the night…

We are starting sleep training tonight. For the last week we’ve established a very consistent bedtime routine: Bath, lotion and jammies, bedtime story, bottle and down. Tonight, we will not take him out of his crib, no matter how much he kicks and screams.

He’s been asleep in his crib for about 55 minutes now. When he does wake up we will leave him alone to cry for 3 minutes. After that I’ll go in to comfort him for 1 minute without picking him up.

This will continue until he goes back to sleep.

I foresee a long night ahead of us. My kid is barely 8 months old but he is already so strong willed and stubborn.

Wish us luck!