Thank you Kathryn, Amanda and Holly for your suggestions. It's been three nights now and things are going great! Even the first night wasn't so bad. He slept so much better by himself that he only woke up a few times (compared with every hour before). I nursed him twice the whole night and the other time he woke up, we each tried rocking him to sleep. He woke up when we would go to put him down so finally we just let him cry himself to sleep. Ed and I ignored him and started talking (because you certainly can't sleep over a screaming baby next to you!) and the sound of our voices seemed to soothe him. The next two nights he would sleep for four or five hours then wake up to nurse (I know, I gotta whittle that down, but baby steps first). When he would wake up for comfort, he was easily rocked back to sleep. The next step is to let him cry himself back to sleep, but it's not so easy when he's right there, and we don't have any other place to put him. Your resolve disappears at 4 AM when you're tired! But hey, I think we made progress, and I am so encouraged that it actually worked! Now if only I can get used to sleeping so long and not wake up before he does!
"Every man should enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God." Ecc. 3:13
My life is the constant rebuilding of my labors of home keeping that have come undone. To the fool this is vexing, but I endeavor, by the grace of God, to be wise, enjoy the good in it, and glorify God.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Well, it's 11:30 and I'm bored. What else to do but check out blogs, including my own and there I remembered that I haven't blogged in months. It's not that I haven't wanted to but I couldn't, I couldn't even leave a comment. Fortunately I got all that technology worked out, as you can see, and am now blogging away. What to blog about........hmmm....(You would think that the longer it's been, the more to write about, but not so.)
We're still living at the in-laws, indefinitely. It's been nice, having people around most of the time and built in babysitters, but I miss having my own home. Plus two women in the kitchen never worked out too well. But who would pass up living for FREE in a totally nice house to have to spend all day cleaning your own. I have so much free time on my hands for some reason. So I've been enjoying books, quilting and exercise. Uh, watching other people exercise, that is.
Ethan is doing well. I'm trying to be unbiased but I think he's just so cute! Like right now he's lying on the bed with his face flat and his butt in the air. He's learned army pseudo crawling, and can stand against furniture for a short time. No words yet, just babble, and still only one tooth.
I have a dilemma that's been keeping me up at night, literally. Please feel free leave comments and advice, whomever you are!
How do I get him to sleep through the night? Actually, I would be happy if he slept longer than just 3 hours at a time! It seems he's regressed in his sleep patterns since he was two or three months old. Does he nap too much during the day? (approximately 3-4 hours) Is he hungry? (I try to feed him food before bed but he's not too interested) Do I succumb to his pitiful cries for the sake of some sleep, when I should be teaching him to cry himself back to sleep? Please help!