Posts filed under ‘Summer’
I’m amazed how my worst sleeper turned into my best ever. She came to me a little before nap time with her pacifier and hugging some fuzzy warm pj’s (instead of the fuzzy blanket she could not reach) and laid down in my lap. At first I was like “what are you doing” before it clicked what she was communicating. She takes 2, 2 hour naps and 11 hours at night. I didn’t think that was possible in a 16 month old! All I had to do was just let her cry a few nights. Really only like 2 nights. She has only woken up a few times since and it was nights when I knew she was teething and forgot to give her some medication.
The way harder thing I had to do was make sure she got enough sleep during the day. I use to have a hard time with letting my kids sleep during the day. I had an irrational fear of letting them sleep too much and that would make it harder for them to sleep through the night. So now we have to be at home at 9:30 and 1:30 for her naps. If her day gets messed up, the night REALLY gets messed up.
I CAN”T WAIT for her to drop the morning nap. My mornings, when I try to get things done, are shot. Then the afternoons are shot too. I feel like I am telling the older kids they need to be quite the baby is sleeping most the day even though it really isn’t.
I’m just happy she sleeps now. It is a whole new world being able to sleep all night. I can probably step up working out again since I will be able to get enough rest and not get sick. Seriously, every time I started working out 5-6 times a week like I wanted I would get sick. All I could think was I was not getting enough rest for the amount of work I was doing.
Ya know how I said Summer really likes music? She often gets our fire alarms mixed up with the speakers on the ceilings of stores that play background music. She will point to them all excited and start bouncing and look at me like I need to turn the music on. Well it has reached a whole new level. The other day she was dancing to the washer. Funny kiddo.
Summer cracks me up. She was crawling around with these pants on her head just laughing and having a great time. She’d pull them off for peek a boo then put them back on her face and crawl around blindly again. She is starting to walk and say a few words. I hope she starts talking sooner than the other two. With so many people around to talk and play with her I think she will pick up on it sooner for sure. Once I was sitting at the computer and I heard “Uh oh spaghettio” a few times and it took me a minute to realize it was Summer! I’ve never been able to prompt her to say spaghettio but it will just come out every once in a while when she says “uh oh.”
She also loves music. Whenever she hears music she starts dancing. She steals my iPod and holds the earphone up to her ear and starts bouncing. She thinks the iPod is her’s actually and gets very upset if it is in her view and she can’t have it. Even when she is strapped down in the cart in the store and she can hear background music she gets her little arm going. Shoe goes nuts when I put on music for the kids to dance to. She tries to sing along when I play guitar, I love it. 🙂
So I did something I thought I would never do again… I bought a book on how to get your baby to sleep. I decided a while ago most books about how to take care of your baby were unrealistic and more than anything else, just make you feel like a bad parent if you are not following their advice exactly. Parenting magazines are a whole different category of unrealistic and I usually just get irritated reading them at the doctor’s office with how out of touch with reality they are.
Before however, my kids generally slept. Or I felt I had a good hold on how to handle it during the first year. Summer is just getting worse and worse with her nighttime sleeping. I know it is partly my fault because I usually respond immediately to her to keep her from waking up the whole house. I feel like I am a much different person than I was when Ahnna and Isaac were babies. I had a much shorter fuse then and if I was fed up with how much they were getting up in the night it was a lot easier for me to put my foot down. Usually once I decided I wasn’t going to give them a bottle at night or stay in the room until they fell asleep, it was the best decision ever because they would start sleeping better almost immediately.
Summer used to be great at putting herself back to sleep even though she woke up 10 times a night. I would just put her bink back in her mouth and she was good until I gave her her one bottle a night. If she was Ahnna or Isaac I never would have gotten up to put their bink back in THAT often but with wanting every one else to sleep well and being much more patient I always did it. She wasn’t waking because she was hungry because she would eat well before bed and most the time not even finish the bottle I gave her. It has become worse since she started moving around. Now that she can get on her hands and knees and wants to pull herself up, she is just too wiggly to get herself back to sleep, so she just cries. When I finally get her to sleep, she wakes up an hour later and cries some more. Last night was again the most she has been awake. I’m not a fan of her breaking her own records all the time. I need to learn some other method. Lot’s of people have said how great Baby Wise is so I will give it a try.
The only thing making my sleepless nights bearable is for some reason I still have a good amount of energy during the day. I think it is a tender mercy. Especially when Isaac had a hard night as a baby, the next day was absolutely horrible to endure.
Went to Spokane today. I’ve needed to get a few things done there and the kids had not seen their grandparents Spinelli for a while. This is the first time we haven’t somehow got all the needed clothing for the upcoming season from a mix of hand me downs and gracious grandparents so I got to do some real shopping for Ahnna’s summer clothes. I went to Target and fell in love with a dress I wanted for both my girls. Even though it wasn’t exactly summer time play clothes, I got it. I have my weaknesses…
In reality, they did not have a 12 month size in stock and I realized Summer is going to be crawling any day and dress wearing is going to be impossible until she can walk. So with great pain I did not buy her a matching dress because 9 months would be tighter on her even now. I’m going to have to get a picture with Ahnna in the dress, this picture does not do it justice. It is simple and pretty, very much a typical little girl fluffy dress but it makes me think of ballerina’s and Pinkalicious. Things Ahnna just loves and I love her so I love the dress 🙂
So I was suppose to do a picture a day for the whole year but I think I am going to switch it to a post a day.
I give up. I guess I’m just going to let Summer sleep in my bed. Or I am going to sleep in Isaac’s bed with her (Isaac sleeps at the foot of Ahnna’s bed every night now). I just can’t get up so much at night and I can’t get over how many people she will wake up if I let her cry too long.
I have never been able to get any rest with a kid in my bed but at this point it has to be better than what I’m doing now. Last week was really good, I thought she was finally growing out of it, but now it is back to the same old stuff. I have to get up and walk to another room just to put her bink in for the next 1/2 hour to hour when she starts fussing again for pretty much the entire night. She gets fed and changed, there is just something that makes her wake up just enough to fuss. Today I was so tired I had a hard time being civil to the kids and that is no good at all.
Only 3 more months and her teeth should be mostly in and she can start learning to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep longgger…… goodnight.