Thursday, October 29, 2009
It's a good thing Edgar has a pretty late bedtime. Still...these sessions push his bedtime just a bit. He's done pretty good at both sessions so far, but does end up screaming tired by the end.
Still, it sure makes us feel more alive to be back working on our album! We are mixed 3 of the 12 songs we recorded. Hooray!
Hooray for a rock and roll baby!
I think Emily's girlyness is wearing off on Edgar. He kind of has cleavage in this photo.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The Story Behind the Sleeping arrangements:
Now, I certainly don't expect a baby to sleep through the night. But...my baby still wants to nurse every 2 hours. And, when I first put him to sleep, he wants to nurse every 20-30 minutes for the first few hours! Our solution to Edgar's colic and nursing needs in the early days was to take him to bed with us. Once I learned how to nurse lying down, it was almost as good as sleeping through the night! (For those of you with worries about crushing baby, studies show that parents do NOT roll over on their baby unless they are drunk or taking medication that makes them sleepy).
Part of me LOVES sleeping with my baby. I love the closeness. I love waking up with him staring lovingly into my eyes and patting my face. I love snuggling with him. I LOVE not having to get up out of bed to nurse him at night! But...as you can see in the above photo, my baby is a bit of a bed hog. There just isn't room for all three of us to sleep well. I sleep pretty well, but Alex doesn't sleep so well with an Ed in the Bed. My very loving patient husband has spent many nights on the couch or air mattress when Edgar decides to jump and kick in his sleep.
Also, we are paying for a gym membership that neither of us is using, because we are SO exhausted every morning. We need to do something differently.
Phase 1. Last night we moved our bed into Edgar's room, next to his crib. We are all still sleeping in the same bed as usual...but now we are conditioning him to sleeping in his room. I expect this will last about a week.
Phase 2. Alex and I will continue to sleep in the bed in Edgar's room, and I will continue to nurse Edgar to sleep lying down...but when he is asleep I will move him to his crib. I have no idea how long it will take before Phase 2 is successful.
Phase 3. We will move the bed back to our room. I will nurse Edgar in the rocking chair and put him to sleep in his crib. I may sleep on the air mattress in his room for a while while he adjusts to our bed being gone (and not hearing our sleeping sounds).
Phase 4. We get our bed back. Edgar sleeps happily in his crib. He doesn't nurse every couple of hours, and we all get better sleep.
Hmm. It definitely sounds too good to be true. Still, this is the best plan we could come up with in light of my refusal to let my baby lay in his room alone screaming his little heart out.
Unfortunately, the literature and classes that support co-sleeping, sharing sleep, the family bed, or whatever you want to call it--these sources suggest that your child will let you know when they are ready for their own bed--when they are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8...or older. That doesn't work for us.
And, the literature that has tips for getting baby to sleep on their own are usually vehemently against co-sleeping.
Is there anyone out there that lives somewhere between these two camps? Has anyone else gone through something similar? Any tips for helping baby leave the soft familiar family bed?
DISCLAIMER: I am posting about this, against my better judgement. My better judgement is reminding me that (1) people have VERY strong opinions about how/when/where babies should sleep and that (2) by inviting advice I will most likely just receive criticism.
But, I really would appreciate advice that jives with our do-whatever-works-for-you mentality about raising Edgar! You are, of course, welcomed to criticize me. Just know that I will likely ignore any advice that I don't like! (=
Edgar did pretty well on the car trip down. We stopped at a park on the way down and got some wiggles out...
We decided to steal Tayva away and distract her. First stop: Hogle Zoo!
Edgar tried the drinking fountain for the first time. Only afterwards did we discover that this water was VERY warm! (weird?!?)
The trip was too short. We didn't get to meet Calvin, but we did really enjoy our time with family.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I can't believe my baby is 6 months old! He is definitely out of the newborn stage...it makes me a little bit sad...
We celebrated with Edgar's first taste of food other than mamma's milk (as far as we know...we do have some sneaky Grandmas and Aunties).
(Ummmm...whatcha doin' Mom and Dad? And why are you grinning at me??)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Video 1--"Sad Songs Say So Much": Edgar was having a grand time in composition class with his dad...until he hit a sour note that really upset him...
Video 2--"Who's the Fairest One of All?": Edgar discovers the mirror at Grandma Carmichael's house after his bath time.