Jacob has reached another milestone: soothing himself back to sleep. Of course, every good thing comes with a price. Ours was consecutive sleepless nights.
This hellacious anecdote dates back to last week. It was time when -- I say this with the utmost of love -- Jacob was absolutely horrible. He wasn't eating well -- he was fussy and squirmy as he sucked on his bottle -- and he was sleeping more than usual during the day. He just wasn't his usual smiling, happy self. As a result, he was waking up in the middle of the night -- every... single... night -- like clockwork, around 2 a.m. Some nights we just had to rock him back to sleep. Other nights he was a wide-eyed, little night owl who wanted to play.
To his defense, he was coming off a fever from the flu shot he got the previous week, and we thought at the time he might've been suffering from a sore throat (hence the fussiness while sucking down formula). Regardless, he was exhibiting nocturnal tendencies that were driving us eye-twitching, head-pounding, fighting-over-who-would-stay-up-this-night crazy. At 6 months, he should be sleeping through the night. We had absolutely no clue what to do.
Late in the week, as he was tugging on his ear, we decided to take him to the doctor. We thought maybe he had an ear infection that was causing his irritability. Of course, as soon as the doctor began to examine Jacob, he miraculously perked up as if nothing was ever wrong. The doctor said his throat was a bit dry, but his ears were fine.
So we took him home. That night, as usual, we woke up to the midnight squeal coming through the monitor. And, like usual, we both let out a grunt of disgust. I looked at the clock. 3 a.m. We remained prone, staring at the silhouette of the ceiling fan, waiting, hoping, praying the crying would stop so we could go back to sleep. It didn't. It got louder.
Finally, Erin got out of bed and went into his room. No rocking. No cradling. No feeding. She just put his pacifier in his mouth and walked away.
HE FELL ASLEEP! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! God bless that little piece of a plastic with the rubbery nipple!
We had talked about whether he was old enough to soothe himself, but we weren't sure if would work. I guess when you're against the wall is a good a time as any to try anything new. Luckily for us it was successful.
Since then, he occasionally wakes up in the middle of the night, but all we have to do is put the passy in his mouth and he does the rest. He even puts himself to sleep while he's playing on the floor. We hope soon he will be able to find the passy himself while lying in bed and become completely self-sufficient in the soothing department. But we'll take what we can get, and we got back our happy baby!
We're also happy to report that the past few days have yielded, what Erin believes, a bit of a growth spurt. Along with sleeping through the night, he's been eating more, both solids and formula. We think he's ready to increase his bottle amount from 5 to 6 ounces per feeding.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I bought a hat from this lady on the Internet who knits winter hats for babies. It is the cutest hat I have ever seen, and it looks super cute on Jacob. We all went on a walk this morning and bundled Jacob up with his outer winter clothes, including his new hat. He looks so cute/warm.
Here is a better picture of his new hat
Here is a better picture of his new hat
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Jacob got a taste of his first pumpkin patch last weekend. It was the first time we also had to bundle him up in winter clothes. We went to a farm out in the country that also had animals, slides, games, hayrides and corn mazes. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to go on the hayride. But Jacob did have the opportunity to feel the texture of a pumpkin and grass. We think he was more intrigued by the grass.
Little pumpkins for the little man
These things are HUGE!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Nate and I took Jacob to his 6th month appointment today and saw Dr. Roads. He is a wonderful pediatrician and would not change Dr's for the world. We got to the room and the nurse tooks his stats. which are low. Jacob is 15 lbs 25.5 inches long and his head is 41 inches around. He is a petite boy. Jacob is in the 8th percentile for his weight, 14th percentile for his length and 1 percentile for his head. He obviously has my brothers genes where he can eat and eat and eat and never gain weight except he has nate's genes on the length part. Dr. Roads asked us a bunch of questions whether or not he is doing different things a 6 month old shoudld be doing and we are glad to say that he is right where he should be developmentally. I am so happy to hear this. I was scared that Jacob would be a little delayed because of all the medication given to him when he was in the NICU after his birth. Jacob is one smart cookie. After Dr. Roads left the nurse came in to give Jacob his 3 shots he gets every 2 months and we added a shot today. He got his flu shot. So Jacob was poked 4 times and not only did he SCREAM, I cried too. I hate seeing my baby go through any kind of pain. For the rest of the day he was grumpy and crabby. I gave him baby motrin to help ease his pain. Dr. Roads gave us the "ok" to start him on stage 2 foods, start him on meat, start him on finger foods (mashed potatoes, cut up veggies and fruits, cherrios, graham crackers, anything we are eating but cut up in really small pieces), and start him on a sippy cup. Jacob and I went to the store today to do some shopping. He has no idea what to do with the finger foods or the sippy cup but I know he will get the hang of it. All in all, my baby is growing up way to fast and time really needs to slow down. Jacob will go back for his 9 month appt. in Jan., but thank goodness no more shots till he is 1 year old!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Jacob turned 6 months old yesterday! Where has the time gone? He's gonna be in college before we know it...
Our friends Eric and Kelly helped us celebrate this milestone. We took the half-birthday boy to a pumpkin patch, ate dinner and then stuffed his face in a cake. Jacob wasn't a fan of the icing.
Here are six-month pictures. Jacob was more interested in playing with the paper.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
A little checklist of what foods baby Jacob has tried
Sweet Potatoes= Like
So far we like most of the food. THat is a good sign!
P.S. My baby boy will be 6 months already on Sat. I can't believe how fast time has flown.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
First cold day of the season. I love dressing him in warm clothes.. He looks kind of thuggish here
This is his new smile he showed us. "old man smile" Jacob is in the crawling position and will be crawling soon!
Daddy and Baby
He is going to grow up having no clue what this is
First bath in the sink.. he loved it now that he can sit up on his own
Time to put up the bouncer now that he can get out of it by himself