It started last night: I was up from 2-6am going back and forth from my comfy, much desired bed to Ryder's room. Why? The paci!! The darn, darn paci!! To simply 'pop' it back in to that little mouth that was desperately needing it - or so it thought. It was a great invention when he was younger, it soothes him instantly, but this...this was just getting too much. No, I am not kidding; back and forth, pretty much every 10-15 minutes.
I know there are others out there who can relate, but let me guess: you're all moms. Don't think there are many dads among you...why? Because dad's just sleep through it all!! Or at least, that's the case in our house. While sleep was a concept that I could only dream of (I know, I had to go there), my Dearly Beloved slept through the whole night (although he did come home late from work). Nevertheless, I was blown away when he asked me this morning "How did you sleep Babe?" What? Sleep? Whazz that? Who are you talking to? Is there someone else in this room, because you sure couldn't be serious asking me that question. Really, Com'on!! So, long story short: sleep didn't happen for me last night.
Ryder had his 4-month check up with the pediatrician this morning - the perfect opportunity to get her feedback and advice on the matter. The bottom line: given that he has his blankie that he is getting attached to and the fact that he is too young to have the cognitive ability to really miss an item, he can be weaned off the paci. Shepointed out that he "may miss something to suck on", but also in that respect is he covered as he is more and more starting to suck on his fingers.
So, this afternoon, I took the leap and got him to fall asleep without a paci. After an hour of some fussing, some crying and a lot of soothing, he fell asleep and slept until 4pm, when I woke him up. The rest of the afternoon unfolded without any problems. Tonight, he was soo tired that he fell asleep while eating, so the paci-matter didn't even surface. Here's to a good night. Fingers crossed. Hey, anything better than being up from 2-6 is improvement at this point.
Other than that, the well-visit proved that Ryder is a bundle of thriving boy. With his 18 lbs. 10 oz. and 27" in length, he is in the 97th percentile for both weight and height. Yep, he's a bruiser. We expect him to start rolling over any day now. Last night (and this may have had something to do with his interrupted sleep) he started to 'almost roll over', by rolling onto his side. As soon as he rolls over, one way or another, we have the green light to start him on solids. Kai started solids at exactly 6 months of age, but given Ryder's size we can start earlier. Ah, the home made baby foods...I remember them vividly. Let's pull out the stick blender and let's get pureeing!! Yeehaw!!
The rest of the day, was spent cleaning up
after everyone and feeding everyone. Why is it that I often feel as if that is the only thing I do? Oh wait, 'cause it is. Yeah, I forgot. Right. 3 boys, 2 male dogs, and a cat...now I remember.
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Well, my dearest readers. It is time for this mommy to get some zzzzz's. It is past my bedtime and after last night, I really need some sweet dreams tonight.
Signing off now. Nite Nite.