Friday, February 12, 2010

8 Months!!!

I know I'm so late posting this, but I have shockingly less time to blog as a SAHM than I did while working. Perhaps because I used to have long stretches of time without my Little Man..? Yeah, probably.

Anyway my teeny man is four months away from being a year old! He is getting to be so much fun and as much as I miss the tiny little baby we brought home, I am really lovfing this age. He's so engaging! It's amazing to see how much he's changed in just a few short months. He giggles all the time and is so interested in literally everything. He can entertain himself forever with just a few toys. He rolls all over the place; he's still not crawling, but he is very close to being able to pull himself up on things. We'll need to lower his crib mattress pretty soon!

Being so close to crawling, he's starting to get himself into trouble. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a neat freak, and I've never been interested in keeping a super clean house. Lately however, I have to (especially with 3 dogs running around). I have to make sure that all of his toys get picked up as soon as he's done with them or they'll end up in a puppy's mouth. I have to keep an eye on him so that he doesn't yank on tails or ears. The dogs have been awesome with him so far, and I really want to keep it that way and not give them any reason to dislike him. Sweeping and mopping once a week used to be fine, now I'm having to do it 2-3 times per week just to be sure that Little Man isn't picking up anything covered in dog hair. We need to start baby-proofing; poor baby has banged his head on the edge of our coffee table more times than I can count... but he can't seem to stay away from it. He likes to hang out around the legs.

Sleeping is still a challenge. Except for a couple of random nights, he has yet to STTN. I am so exhausted! He still consistently wakes up two or three times a night and I am really at my wits end. Luckily, I have a hubby that will wake up in the middle of the night to go get him out of his crib and bring him to me so I can feed him in bed. He always ends up snuggling with me for the rest of the night. My mom says he has sleep issues because I haven't set him up on a schedule. She might be right, but I've noticed that he isn't always tired at the same time every day and (to my way of thinking) putting him down when he's not tired because its "nap time" just doesn't make sense. He'd end up fussing and rolling around or playing in his crib. He DOES NOT soothe himself to sleep. He never has. I always have to either walk him around or he'll fall asleep while nursing. I've tried to let him CIO a few times, but I always end up going in to get him after just a few minutes because he's screaming his head off; no matter how exhausted I know he is, he just gets himself too worked up for it to be successful for him.

I can't think of any new developments right now as it's after 1:00AM. This is really the only time I have to myself. But now I'm tired and gonna go to bed.


Leannabanna said...

What a handsome little man! Brody does not crawl either. I look at it like less running around the house for me to do and I can still leave him in the living room alone while I get ready for work!
I can't believe that in 4 months he will be a year!

The Makanani Family said...

Congrats on 8 months! Your little guy is so cute!!! Regarding STTN - I was in the same boat as you until I picked up, "Sleeping Through The Night" by Jodi Mindell. It honestly saved my life. It's a suger-coated CIO method that worked perfect for us. Now my little guy (7mo old) is sleeping 12 hours straight with one (430am) feeding. I have recommended the book to 5 friends, and it worked for all of them. Good luck!

Mitzi G.!! said...

8 months already.....time is flying!!

Francis said...

what a big boy!!! i totally know hwat you mean about having more time to blog at work.. thats usually where i get most of mine done!

Britt said...

Hey there! I'm new to your blog but I just had to comment because I'm going through the same with my little girl as far as sleep goes. It's so frustrating and at times I feel like a failure but she is so inconsistent with her sleep. One night she'll get up only once, then the next night she'll be up every few hours. It's exhausting and it's probably because she can't soothe herself to sleep too. It's just so hard when they are so cuddly! By the way, your son is adorable!

goeckie said...

Look at all of that hair! It's really coming in! He's such a cute big boy!

Hang in there with STTN. We weren't successful until W was almost a year. I hope it happens sooner than that for you!

Rachel H. said...

He's gotten so big...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my little man starts STTN soon! I can't imagine how difficult that must be. I can't imagine the exhaustion. I feel like I'm exhausted now! :)