Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Zzzzzz

I have had quite a few people ask how we got Charlie to sleep through the night at 3 months and I have to admit I have no idea.  He just did.  At 6 months however, he stopped.  He started waking up 2, 3, 4 even 5 times a night.  What the french toast!  Around this same time he started teething so naturally that's what we thought the culprit was. Here is how it went..

Sometime between 8pm and 9pm we gave him a bottle to fall asleep.
We put him in his crib and he slept until around 1am.
We gave him another bottle to fall back asleep.
Tried to put him back in the crib-screamed bloody murder.
We let him cry- didn't work.
We walked around with him- he calmed down.
Tried to put him back in the crib-screamed bloody murder.
We rocked him- he calmed down.
Tried to put him back in the crib- screamed bloody murder.
We let him sleep in our bed.
Repeat 3x EVERY night for 3 months

You can imagine how bad I wanted his teeth to come through. I thought as soon as they were through he would be back to his normal sleeping patterns. Funny thing... They came through and nothing changed. Joke was on me.

I decided that I could not handle one more sleepless night. I called my pediatrician and also did some research on my own. I found out that every single thing we were doing from the time he went to bed to the time he woke up was all wrong. We were so deep into these bad habits that I thought it would be impossible to break them.

Here is what I learned...

Most babies by the time they are 6 months have the ability to sleep 11-12hrs at night.
In order to allow them to do so an ideal bedtime should be around 7pm.
The half hour to hour before bedtime should be chill and relaxed.
The way your child falls asleep i.e. nursing/bottle or rocking will be the way they want to fall asleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. I say "when they wake up" because they will. Everyone wakes up in the middle of the night the difference is whether they are able to fall back asleep on their own or with their "sleep crutch" i.e. bottle/ rocking etc.

Once we realized this, Ben and I tag teamed our new routine.  It took us 4 or 5 nights before we saw results but Charlie is once again sleeping a rock solid 11hrs and it feels GLORIOUS!  Here is our new schedule.

Around 6:30pm he has a bottle while we read books.  We do not let him fall asleep this way!
At 7pm we put him down in the crib
At 6am he wakes up!  Boom.

Again, it took us a few nights to get him to fall asleep on his own (sometimes he still fusses over it) but we stuck with it and the dude was a dude (as usual)!

P.S. Shout out to Ben!  Mission Accomplished!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nine Months

Whelp, he literally sat still for this one picture.  I love his little smirk even though he looks so ornery in it!
The rest turned out like this...


He picked up a ton of firsts this month! 
Charlie..
Started standing on his own, rolling and throwing balls back, waving Bye Bye, clapping and shaking hands - This one is my favorite!  His grandad has been shaking his hand every time time he sees him since he was born saying "Hello, Mr. Reeder.  How are you?  How's the wife and kids?" Charlie totally grasped the concept and now reaches out to shake your hand back. So cute!
Acquired two bottom teeth (at the same time)
Attended his first Indians Game
Watched Aunt Meghan cheer at his first Knights football game

Here are some of our favorites this month..
1. Baby Mum Mums and Super Puffs- I had no idea he could have been eating these a while ago even though he didn't have teeth.  While we were at his 9 mo. wellness visit, which by the way he weighed in at 21 pounds and 30 inches, our pediatrician asked if he was eating puffs.  I didn't think he could since he didn't have teeth.  Boy was I wrong,  he could gum the hell out of those things!  And he loves them!
 2. Baby Care Play Mat- This mat is huge, it takes up a good portion of Charlie's bedroom.  It's reversible with an animal landscape on one side and an ABC/123 scheme on the other side.  It's really squishy and he loves to play on it!
 3. Safety 1st Childproof kit-  Like I mentioned, we did some baby proofing a few weeks ago.  We used a bazillion of the outlet plugs.  He can scale the doors and stand up to them but he isn't able to reach the knobs yet. He sure does try though! Ha

4. Boon Frog Pod and other frog bath accessories-  No more sink baths for this dude.  Our new tub is decked out in all things frog!  He is definitely our little water baby.  He loves to splash and doesn't care one bit if water gets in his eyes:)  On a side note, I wanted to share a fun bath time activity I want to try.  Glow sticks!  Use some glow sticks to light up the bath water and turn the lights off  (obviously make sure a hallway light can shine through).  Doesn't that sound like fun!? Can't wait to try it!

Happy first weekend of fall!!

  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Dude's New Room

My poor baby has never had a proper nursery. Funny thing, it's been no big deal. Our room was large enough for him to have his own space and he would have been in our room the first couple of months anyways. Our condo was on the market for a long time before it sold and looking back it was a blessing in disguise. After you have a baby the last thing you want to do is housework.  For me that was the last thing I wanted to do even before I had Charlie.  Having the place on the market forced me to stay on top of my cleaning.  You honestly would never have known a baby even lived at our house (if you didn't see his crib and changing table in our room)!  In August we decided that since it had been on the market for so long maybe it was time to take it off and rent it. We were going to call our realtor when we got back from our trip to Milwaukee and  let her know our plans. I have never taken random picture of my house but the morning we were leaving for our trip the sun was shinning in so brightly, I had never seen it like that and couldn't resist.

A few hours after I snapped these pics (while we were on the road) we got a call from our realtor that we had not one but two offers on the condo and she was going to try and get them in a bidding war!  Ironic? Yes! And the rest is history:)
Now that Charlie has his own room I can't stop thinking about decorating it!! I put this idea board together to capture my vision.
I have a serious obsession with gold accents for both a nursery and other living spaces.  That was part of the reason why I wanted to be surprised with the sex of our baby because I knew (way before I even got pregnant) that I wanted this color scheme for a boy or girl.  I'm pretty sure it stems from my bright color phobia. Ha!

My minds already dancing through my new unbuilt house splashing neutral colors on the walls and arranging earth toned furniture!!  I'll be sure to share my vision boards for that as well! 

Anyways, look at this happy baby :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

On the Move!

The dude is on the move!  Not only is he speeding around on all fours crawling, he is furniture cruising and using it as a jungle gym. Oh my goodness, so stressful!  We follow him around all day saying "Sit on your buuuutt!", "You're gonna hit your heaaad!", "Ah Ah Ah!"

He mean mugged me the other day when I told him to hold on with both hands.


We also had to switch out our coffee table for a soft leather ottoman because someone decided to see if he could walk to the coffee table from the couch without holding on and caught the corner of it square in between the eyes.  Gave me a heart attack.  For real.  I must have missed the "calm mom mode" gene that is supposed to kick in when scary stuff like this happens because I was freaking out.  Then when Ben came home I had another melt down trying to tell him about it. Luckily, I had made a mountain out of a mole hill because although I know Charlie was hurt, he barely had a red mark that lasted just a few hours. I'm gonna need to work on that. 
Ben also has him standing on his own for a few seconds at a time.  He is going to be walking before we know it so we were busy baby proofing over the weekend.  I should probably look in to getting some Xanax to calm myself during this next stage.  Haha!

In other "On The Move" news, our condo is officially sold as of this past Friday (Boom!)and it's apartment living for the Reeder's until we find some land and our new house is built.  I hear building a house is a crazy time and I look forward to documenting it all right here on the show;) Stay tuned:)  Here's to the next chapter of our lives!