Posts Tagged ‘fussiness’

Bootcamp: Night 8

We’re nearing the finish line for this 10-night stretch. I feel like I’ve climbed into a hole and haven’t been able to join reality in a while, but I know our process will be worth it once we get sleep nailed down in this house.

I had an early work morning, so I picked up Wes and got home around 4 p.m. It was nice to have a little time with him before I had to get dinner ready and start the bedtime routine. It was still a chore to keep him up past 6!

  • 6:30 p.m. Skipped the bath but continued our regular bedtime rituals. Remembering last night’s mistake, I made a 4 oz. bottle that knocked Wes into Sleepy Land. He was asleep by 7 p.m. I’m hoping to gradually increase the time we start getting ready for bed so that he will be asleep by 7:30. Ideal world. We’ll see.
  • 11:30 p.m. I was almost asleep when Wes woke up for food. I can’t complain because this 4-5 hour stretch each night is his best sleeping time, but it’s challenging our own schedules…
  • 11:45 p.m.-12:00 a.m. About fifteen minutes of sucking, grunting and kicking. I finally went in and rocked him to help him fall asleep. I think he’d get to sleep better if I only swaddled one arm in so that he could find his fingers. I’m afraid of this, though, because he bats himself awake.
  • 1:30 a.m. Another night feeding.
  • Around 3 a.m. Wes woke up yet again, but I was curious to see if he could make himself fall back asleep. He didn’t need another feeding, so I just waited. I eventually fell asleep, so I imagine he did, too, because we didn’t hear any protesting until 5.
  • 5:00 a.m. Up and squealing. I’m hoping (if I’m successful) that I can change his fall asleep time, which will also postpone morning wake up. I brought him into bed with us since we weren’t ready for waking.
  • 5:30-7 a.m. As usual, Wes didn’t sleep that well in our bed. I guess it’s a good thing that he’s sleeping better in his crib than with us, but it makes it difficult to get any snoozing accomplished! He did finally settle and stopped chatting, but he certainly didn’t want his pacifier, as he knew it would knock him out.
  • 7:00 a.m. We’re all up, giggling and playing in the Shattuck bed. I love this part of the day. Even the dogs enjoy it.

Sleep-in-Crib Hours: 10:30

Total Sleep Hours: 12:00

His daytime fussiness is becoming a problem. Yesterday he cried inconsolably all day at Jillian’s. He didn’t sleep much, if at all, during the day. He did finally take a nap when we got home, but it was a fluke day, and he’s going to have to learn how to nap while not in his own bed. I’m sure this is a hard task to learn, and I really don’t know how to go about making it happen.

I read in The Wonder Weeks that he’s right in the middle of another “leap” forward in development. This is one of the crankiest periods, between weeks 15-20. He’s just now 17 weeks, so I imagine we have a few more to endure with Mr. FussPants. Thankfully we’re on a semi-predictable road that he can expect each night. I’m certainly glad I don’t remember any of my early years in life. It must be a crazy, scary adventure.

Posted: November 11th, 2011
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The Curse and Blessing of Mr. Fussypants

First Indianapolis Indians game

Since I’m now working from home 2 days a week, I get to spend some time with Wes during the day. We’re only in the second week of doing this, so I’m sure we’ll have our share of roller coasters until we both get into a set pattern – if that ever happens!

THE CURSE (or should I say, difficulties)

Wes has been in the middle of a week-long fuss. According to the book, The Wonder Weeks, he’s right on schedule for a growth spurt, and I’m sure he’s just as confused with his body as I am with his cries. While I absolutely love the fact that I can be with him for 16 hours out of my work week and many mothers would crave this chance, I think I will have to get creative on WHEN those 16 hours will be used. I can say with confidence that it probably will not be during the typical 9-5 schedule because there’s a hungry and or crying baby on my lap, fighting sleep until I stop and nuzzle him. These moments are fleeting, so of course, I savor them! It is not easy to design a newsletter or write copy one-handed. Perhaps I’ll one day master this skill, but for now I’m using that hand to stroke a baby cheek, tickle little toes and fix the umpteenth bottle of the day.


So much can be written here. I am blessed with a sweet, sweet little boy who has outgrown clothes and diapers meant for his age. Today’s weigh-in confirms a chunky 14 lbs on a tiny frame, which puts him closer to the 90th percentile! He is easily wearing 3-6 month clothes. Perhaps we’ll get to those cloth diapers sooner than I thought.

Wes doesn’t want to miss a beat. During the day he snoozes for 20-30 minutes at a time, but he rarely takes a full nap. He is quite alert, loves to hear himself practice vowel sounds and is in awe of his hands and feet. Such a serious baby – always studying and taking in the vast world around him. And if we’re lucky, he’ll flash us a wide grin and occasional loud blast of a laugh. Here’s hoping we get to experience this more often in the next few months!

Motherhood has not been nearly as scary or difficult as I always thought. I may rant about his Week 7 Fuss, but I know that I am equipped to handle it. Not that I can judge well, but I believe Wes is an extremely good baby – as long as his stomach is full and his diaper clean. And that you provide something or someone to amuse him. Thankfully we haven’t had to struggle with illness, postpartum depression, sleeplessness or colic at this point. I know this is all because we have been faithfully prayed for and kept well taken care of from loads of caring people. We are extremely grateful and wonderfully blessed.

Now to nuzzle with GrumpFace for a while longer…

Posted: September 7th, 2011
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