The Precious sleeping through to 6:30 am is now the exception instead of the rule. Despite all of my best efforts at putting him down earlier, dressing him lightly or having a hearty dinner, he is still getting up between 2 and 5am. Sometimes after I give him a bottle, he decides to be quiet for 5 whole minutes before he breaks out into a baby aria. I am also now waking myself up in anticipation that he’s going to get up. Or sometimes I get up to pee and then I just lay in bed waiting.
I’ve also been struggling with him to put him down for naps. Just the other day, it was a breeze and now it’s a battle. It pretty much started when he began to crawl and stand. Now he can cruise around quite quickly on his own. I was warned about this. There are lots of tumbles and spills and he needs me around to keep him from braining himself. He is tall enough now to lean out of his exersaucer and retrieve the dog’s treat ball. He just prefers play and interaction with me, the dog or even random dog bone than have a nap. I’d put him down, he’d scream for an hour or so while I pretended it didn’t bother me. I couldn’t get anything done anyway because I couldn’t hear myself think. Between the dog, the kid and my mum, and trying to keep the household going, I was getting a little crabby. So I took a page out of my husband’s book and now I just play with him until he’s tired and thirsty. No more struggle, just surrender to the fact that my to do list will be very, very short. I’m going to check for more baby activity programs for the afternoons, our little baby singalong once a week is not enough.
It’s pretty dry in our place, and I don’t blame the little guy for his big thirst, we always have water on our bedside tables. I bought a simple little Sunbeam humidifier for his room, but frankly, I’m the one who was coughing so I tried it out in our room. I’ve been in prop planes that were quieter. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it didn’t really stop me from sleeping but it does wake me up when it starts spitting and sputtering. Hubby is not too happy about it either , so I guess I’m returning it. Just not sure when. The only upside is that it kept me from listening to his chirping and I actually fell back asleep faster.
I’ll have to break out the big bucks for a sleeker, quieter model, you know – use the bucks I save for the babysitter.