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Less than a day old - August 22, 2014

Less than a day old – August 22, 2014

Today is Todd’s 1st Birthday!  August 21, 2015.

His first year…SO many milestones…SO much to document!  This post is all about sleep…Zzzz.  It could be alternately titled, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m NOT a Sleep-Deprived Mom!”

Todd’s been a great sleeper so far, and I’m beyond grateful for that.  His long morning naps have given me that precious “me time,” which helps me be the best mom and wife I can be during the other times.  And– every night that I don’t hear one peep from the baby monitor turns into one happy morning!

In truth, all mornings are happy mornings regardless of whether Todd wakes up in the night or not.  But at least if I wake up tired, I can rarely blame it on Todd!

The only exception to this was Todd’s first ~2 months.  Of course I was completely sleep deprived during that newborn phase!!  But mercifully that didn’t last long.  I just happen to know for certain that lots and lots of babies and toddlers keep their moms up at night for many months and even years!

About me:  I’m a morning person.  Most of the time, I wake up before Todd does, and it usually gives me enough time to do a little reading and/or computer stuff before it’s “GO” time with Todd.  For the longest time, he’s been waking up between 6-7 AM.  Often, Eric gets to see Todd before he leaves for work at ~6:30 AM.  I’m always happy when they get at least a few moments together in the morning.

My own sleep quality has vastly improved since I’ve been home with Todd.  Now that I’m not working (at least for now), I really know how job stress can affect one’s sleep!  On workdays (pre-pregnancy), I used to wake up at least once before my alarm would go off at 5 AM, even though I was sooo tired!  It was maddening.

My (lack of) sleep during pregnancy was a disaster!  Being pregnant and stressed and working full time in a demanding workplace really took its toll.  Waking up every 2 hours for no good reason was insane!  Without a doubt, I can honestly say that I’ve slept much better in the 12 months following Todd’s birth than during the 9+ months of pregnancy and any other time in my adult life.

It’s been awesome.  Don’t hate me!  Now, I’m going to recap Todd’s first year of sleep.  I put the milestones in all caps.

2 days old - August 23, 2014

2 days old – August 23, 2014

FIRST MONTH… AUG 21 – SEPT 20

Todd spent 2 nights in the hospital after he was born, and he came home at 2 days old (Aug 23).  My initial plan was for him to sleep in the Pack ‘n Play travel bed, next to my bed.  That didn’t work.  He was swaddled, but he had a really hard time sleeping.  Did he even sleep there at all?  My memory is too vague.

At 5 DAYS (Aug 26), Todd started CO-SLEEPING on my bed with me.  I did it out of necessity because it worked.  It was summer and therefore warm enough for me to remain topless, with Todd’s cheek nuzzled up against my breast.  He slept very well that way, but unfortunately I didn’t.

As tired as I was, it was still difficult to get quality sleep, because I was afraid to move a muscle.  Of course, a part of me really cherished those times we had together (my little “bed partner”).  I was still trying to breastfeed then, and a few times Todd was even able to latch onto me that way.  In the mornings, the breast contacting him all night would feel engorged, and I’d find wet, milk spots on my sheets.

During this time, I was waking Todd up at night to feed him (example:  11:30 PM, 3 AM, and 6 AM.)  If I didn’t wake him up, who knows how long he would have slept at night.  Basically, I was trying my best to comply with the “feed every 3 hours” recommendation.  Was I perfect?  No!  And I felt really guilty if I let it stretch longer.

Note– you’re “supposed to” time the feeding duration from the start of one feeding to the start of the next.  That always just seemed wrong!!  It took at least an hour per feeding, which left little time before the next feeding would start.

At 3 WKS (Sept 10), Todd started SLEEPING IN A SWING during the day.  Right away, it was obvious that he was quickly soothed by the motion.  (The same thing applied to the movement/vibration of car rides.)  Motion = easy slumber!  At daytime, Todd also did a lot of sleeping on me, which was precious.

At 4 WKS (Sept 18), Todd started SLEEPING IN HIS CRIB at night (after a successful trial using the Pack ‘n Play Sept 17).  I knew it was “time” to make the change because Todd was starting to cry more when I’d bring him into bed with me.  I figured he could cry in his own bed just as easily.

In really, he didn’t do much crying in his crib.  That first night he went to bed successfully at 7:30 PM.  He woke up hungry at 11 PM, 3 AM and 7 AM.  Once he started sleeping in his crib, I don’t recall waking him up at night anymore.  There was no reason to do that because he started being exclusively formula-fed at this time.  I simply responded to his needs.

2 weeks old - September 5, 2014

2 weeks old – September 5, 2014

SECOND MONTH… SEPT 21 – OCT 20

The bedtime routine (that I still follow now) was established this month.  I described it Baby Todd’s Second Month.

I had good quality of sleep (but lacking in quantity) once I had my bed to myself again.  I slept with the baby monitor next to my pillow (still do).  When Todd woke up during the night, I’d hear his soft grunts. That was how he communicated his hunger. It wasn’t a cry because I always responded quickly to those initial sounds.

Left to his own sleep/eat rhythm, Todd woke up every ~2.5 to 3 hours at night in the early part of the month. Then, the first sleep block started stretching to 4 to 5.25 hours.

6 HOUR SLEEP… 5.5 WKS (Sept 29)

When Todd was almost 8 weeks, we went to Oregon for a week to visit family.  That trip sticks in my mind as being a major turning point re: sleep.  At the beginning of the week, I felt very tired and run down from the cumulative weeks without a full night’s sleep.  Eric took over “night duty” for couple days at the end of the week, which gave me a much needed break.  Then, the night we got back home Todd had his next sleep “PR”:

7.5 HOUR SLEEP… ALMOST 2 MO/8.5 WKS (Oct 19)

~2 months old - October 20, 2014

~2 months old – October 20, 2014

THIRD MONTH… OCT 21 – NOV 20

In the third month, Todd generally woke up once per night and then woke up in the morning anywhere from ~5 to 7 AM (mostly toward the early side!).

At 10 weeks old (Oct 30), I started officially recording Todd’s daytime naps.  I got into a routine of starting his first nap within 3 hours of him waking up in the morning.  Morning naps lasted ~1.25 to 3.5 hours.  There wasn’t much predictability.  Afternoon naps were a regular “thing” and they lasted ~30 minutes to 3 hours… all over the board!

SLEEPING IN ZIPPERED SACK… 12 WKS (Nov 13)

8.5 HOUR SLEEP… ALMOST 3 MO/12.5 WKS (Nov 17)

~2 months old - October 25, 2014

~2 months old – October 25, 2014

FOURTH MONTH… NOV 21 – DEC 20

9.25 HOUR SLEEP… 3 MO (Nov 21)

9.75 HOUR SLEEP… OVER 3 MO/14 WKS (Nov 28)

This is the month that Todd started to “sleep through the night.”  Nighttime sleeps of ~8 hours (+/-) were frequent occurrences.  And– there were more nights when he slept straight through than when he woke up once.  Keep in mind that an 8 hour sleep starting at 8:30 PM still ends at a very early hour (4:30 AM!).  To maximize my own sleep, I was going to bed pretty much right after Todd was.

9+ hour sleeps (noted above) were outliers this month, but that would change in the next month.

Starting the last half of the month, Todd trended toward longer morning naps (~3 hours) and longer afternoon naps (~2 hours).  Of course, there was wide variability.

3.5 months - December 3, 2014

3.5 months – December 3, 2014

FIFTH MONTH… DEC 21 – JAN 20

A big chunk of this month included the Christmas and New Year holidays.  We were away from home for 9 nights.  Sleeping away from home was a big challenge for the first 5 nights, but Todd finally accepted the travel bed for the last 4.  The night we got home (Jan 2) we changed his sleep attire and he proceeded to hit the big 1-0 sleep milestone!

SLEEPING IN FOOTED SLEEPERS… ALMOST 4.5 MO/19 WKS (Jan 2)

10 HOUR SLEEP… ALMOST 4.5 MO/19 WKS (Jan 2)

After Todd set his PR, he then had a span of 7 out of 9 nights when he’d wake up crying/hungry after only being in his crib for ~2.5 hours.  Once he got back to sleep, he was good for the rest of the night.

After the “11 o’clock wake-ups” stopped, Todd had a 9-day stretch of ~9 hour sleeps without any wake ups.  That sleep stretch kicked off with another PR (on Jan 12).  Wake up or no wake up, Todd started his mornings chatty in his crib…so cute!

10.25 HOUR SLEEP… >4.5 MO/20.5 WKS (Jan 12)

Daytime swing naps this month included the more predictable morning nap (up to 3 hours) and the less predictable (and shorter) afternoon nap.  Occasionally Todd “declined” his afternoon nap, but yet he remained pleasant (then zonked out at “night night” time).

A couple times, Eric got to enjoy some rare evening cuddles, when Todd took catnaps on him (Jan 19 & 21).

~4.5 months - January 12, 2015

~4.5 months – January 12, 2015

SIXTH MONTH… JAN 21 – FEB 20

10.75 HOUR SLEEP… 5 MO/22 WKS (Jan 21)

FIRST CRIB NAP… 5 MO/22 WKS (Jan 23)

11 HOUR SLEEP… 5 MO/22 WKS (Jan 23)

STARTED TUMMY SLEEPING… >5.5 MO/24.5 WKS (Feb 9)

11.25 HOUR SLEEP… ALMOST 6 MO/~26 WKS (Feb 18)

Before this month, would Todd fall asleep on me before I carried him to his crib.  But– for some reason, this whole month Todd didn’t (although he showed signs of being tired).  I put him in his crib awake, but yet he didn’t cry.  I felt proud of him for being so at ease!

This month there were more nights when Todd slept all night than when he woke up once.  When he slept through until morning the duration was ~10 hours (+/-).

Regarding daytime naps–  5 days in a row this month I tried having Todd sleep in his crib instead of the swing.  The first day (Jan 23) was promising, but…by the 5th day, it was clear that the swing needed to stay!  (Read the details in Baby Todd’s Sixth Month).  Other than the “crib nap trial,” Todd kept the same nap sleep pattern as the last month:  He had long morning naps (2-3 hours) and quite a few solid afternoon naps (up to 2.25 hours).

5 months - January 26, 2015

5 months – January 26, 2015

SEVENTH MONTH… FEB 21 – MAR 20

11.75 HOUR SLEEP… 6 MO/26.5 WKS (Feb 24)

This month Todd continued to sleep ~10 hours per night, and he woke up once in the night ~1-3x per week.  At the beginning of the month, Todd was awake going into his crib (like last month), except this month he sometimes cried briefly before falling asleep.

By the end of the month, he was back to being “out” when I put him in bed.  I love when he falls asleep on me in my glider chair because it gives me as much snuggle time as I want.  During the day he’s “Go Todd, Go!”

The nap routine was unchanged from last month.

Almost 7 months - March 14, 2015

Almost 7 months – March 14, 2015

EIGHTH MONTH… MAR 21 – APR 20

FIRST TRAVEL BED NAP (25 MIN)… >7.5 MO/33 WKS (Apr 11)

This month Todd slept through the night (~10 hours) about half the time and woke up (once in the night) the other half of the time.  He started the month with some “rough” nights (defined below).  He seemed to need just me, crying “ma ma ma” and pulling on my shirt, standing in his crib.

A “typical” (i.e fairly easy) night wake-up looks like this:  Todd wakes up crying.  I get formula, then bring Todd to my room.  I rock him and feed him.  He falls asleep in my arms.  I put him back in his crib.  Total time from awake to back asleep = 30-45 minutes (maximum 1 hour).

A “rough” night (for us) means Todd doesn’t go back to sleep easily after waking.  During a “rough” night, Todd is physically restless and he won’t necessarily accept formula.  He might fall asleep on me but then wake back up when I try to move him.  I don’t like letting him cry in bed for more than a few minutes, so I might have to pick him up 2-3 times.  IF it takes over an hour (up to 2 hours) and it takes several tries to get him asleep, then it’s a “rough” night.  Fortunately, there have been relatively few times when I felt I had no choice but to let him cry until he fell asleep.

Daytime naps were status quo.  Like previous months, the morning nap was solid and consistent, and the afternoon nap was highly variable.  Depending on the length of the morning nap and our afternoon activities, Todd often snoozed in the car or stroller (and 3x he took an evening catnap on one of us).

7 months - March 24, 2015

7 months – March 24, 2015

NINTH MONTH… APR 21 – MAY 20

This month, Todd had more nights when he slept all night (~10 hours) than when he woke up.  When he did wake up, it was typically within 3 hours of his bedtime.  He was usually asleep when I put him in his crib.

Daytime naps remained unchanged.

9 months - May 20, 2015

9 months – May 20, 2015

TENTH MONTH… MAY 21 – JUN 20

1ST TIME GRANDMA PUT TODD TO BED… ALMOST 10 MO/43 WKS ( Jun 19)

This month Todd had only 5 nights when he woke up in the night. When he did wake up, he went back to sleep easily after a bottle offering and some rocking in the glider chair.  Bedtime remains ~8:00-8:30 PM. This month it was a mixed bag whether he was asleep or awake when I put him to bed. When he went to bed awake, he always fell asleep within minutes.  ~10 hour sleeps were still the norm.

Daytime naps:  no change.  Afternoon naps were informal (i.e. in the car seat or stroller) and typically of ~30-45 minute duration.  Only once did Todd take an afternoon swing nap (30 minutes).

9.5 months - June 6, 2015

9.5 months – June 6, 2015

ELEVENTH MONTH… JUN 21 – JUL 20

2 NIGHTS WAKING UP WITH DRY DIAPER… 10.5 MO/45 WKS  (Jul 3 and 4)

Similar to the last month, Todd only woke up in the night 4x this month.  It was Todd’s BEST SLEEP MONTH of the year.  A couple of the night wake-ups coincided with the arrival of a new tooth (which made sense).

This month, Todd generally fell asleep on me before I put him in his crib for the night.  ~10 hour sleeps continued.  I strived for no later than an ~8:30 PM bedtime, but sometimes it’s a challenge with the seasonal, evening brightness of summer.

Todd’s usually plenty ready for bedtime, but a couple times this month he just wasn’t. Instead of fighting him (i.e. letting him cry), Eric and I made the house as dark as possible, we both got on our couches, and we let him play. We modeled “sleeping,” and kept reminding him that it’s “night-night time” when he’d come over to engage with either of us. It was actually hard not to laugh (and we did!). The goal was to show him that it’s not exciting to stay up any later. After about 15-30 minutes, he went to bed easily.

This month, the morning nap shortened a bit. While he did have two 3.25 hour naps and four 2.75-3.0 hour naps this month, the trend was closer to a ~2 hour nap. The swing is still worth its weight in gold!

10 months - June 25, 2015

10 months – June 25, 2015

TWELFTH MONTH… JUL 21 – AUG 20

1ST TIME ERIC PUT TODD TO BED…  ~11.5 MO/~50 WKS (Aug 8)

In this final month of Todd’s first year, Todd had 5 nights when he woke up once (same as the tenth month).  Like last month, morning naps lasted no more than ~2 hours (except two ~3 hour naps).  Morning naps are also starting later now.  Instead of starting ~3 hours after waking they’ve recently been starting ~4-5 hours after waking (at ~11 AM or later).

When we spent a week in Wenatchee, Todd slept solidly at night, but the only daytime naps were those taken in his car seat.

CRIB NAP (1 HOUR)… ~12 MO/52 WKS (Aug 19)

Just two days ago, Todd took the first nap in his crib since January.  What happened was he fell asleep at the end of our morning stroller walk.  Instead of waking him up, I simply carefully moved him to his crib.  He didn’t wake up during that process, then he slept for a solid hour.  That was good!!

Almost 1 year - August 12, 2015

Almost 1 year – August 12, 2015

So there you have it!  I have no idea what’s in store for us sleep-wise in year #2, but obviously I hope it’s just as good!

Todd at 5 months + 1 week old (23 weeks) - January 30, 2015

Todd at 5 months + 1 week old (23 weeks) – January 30, 2015

SIXTH MONTH
(JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21)

I’ve been thinking this every month– but it seems like each month there’s more going on than the last!  Baby development fascinates and entertains me!  Let’s dive in…

WEEK 23

There’s lots new to mention this week about sleep and food!  (Two of my favorite things, you too?)

Todd grabbing at his loose bedding - January 22, 2015

Todd grabbing at his loose bedding – January 22, 2015

Sleep–

  1. Todd started out his 6th month with 2 more record-length night time sleeps (10.75 hours on January 21-22 and 11 hours on January 23-24).  In general, 10+ hour night time sleeps are now a regular occurrence and not just outliers.
  2. Now– when I put Todd in his crib for the night, he’s generally wide awake and no longer practically asleep.  He shows that he’s tired by arching back and waving his head from side to side during his before-bed feeding.  In bed, he makes little moaning/squeaking noises and then usually falls asleep without crying.
  3. Check this out!  Todd took some day time naps in his crib instead of the swing.  I tested it out on January 23rd, not out of necessity, but because I’ve been feeling increasingly nervous knowing that Todd will soon grow too big for the swing.  I didn’t know how he’d react to the crib for naps…

That morning, I dressed Todd in his usual (warm) nap clothing, I put on a lullaby music CD, I turned on his Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother, and I gave him a blanket friend to play with.  He didn’t cry.  He chatted and played for a few minutes, then went to sleep!!  Unfortunately, I had to wake him up after 1.5 hours because we had to leave the house for my doctor appointment.

In the afternoon of that same day, he took a 45 minute crib nap.  On January 24th, he crib-napped 30 minutes.  On January 25th, he crib-napped 45 minutes.  On January 26th, he crib-napped 30 minutes, but it was broken up by some crying.  But…

On January 27th, he protested his crib nap…so I put him in the swing.  And the little turkey fell asleep almost instantly and slept for 2.75 hrs…which is a very typical swing nap length.

After that, I decided that I wanted my “über-napper” back, so from that day onward it was back to swing naps.  So…we’ll face the day Todd gets too big for the swing when that day comes.  For now we won’t fix what isn’t broken!

1st Crib Nap - January 23, 2015

1st Crib Nap – January 23, 2015

Food–

I know, I know– Todd isn’t 6 months old yet!  But this week we started experimenting with solid food.  I started reading a book about Baby Led Weaning (BLW).

On January 25th, Eric made some guacamole (we use just avocado and lime, nothing else).  I was going to just put a dot on Todd’s lips for him to taste.  Well, Eric got a little excited and grabbed Todd’s spoon to feed him a bite…and another…and another.  Todd seemed excited to eat it up.  After several bites, though, something triggered his gag reflex, and out it all came.  I was taking pics so I caught him mid-gag, haha!  The Great Guacamole Feed was over!

Right before the guacamole came up! - January 25, 2015

Right before the guacamole came up! – January 25, 2015

On January 26th, I went shopping at Babies R Us.  We needed some new nipples for our Philips Avent Natural Bottles.  Avent’s been our preferred bottle ever since I tried the one I got for free from Target for starting up a baby registry.

If you can believe it, Todd was still using the #1 Newborn Flow nipples well into his 4th month and he only started using the #2 Slow Flow nipples (recommended for ages 1 mo +) well into his 5th month.  (We didn’t start the #2s sooner because the formula would run out of his mouth too fast.)

After the shopping trip, we retired the #2s and started using the new #3 Medium Flow nipples (recommended for ages 3 mo +).  I bought some Fast Flow (#4) nipples (recommended for ages 6 mo +) for future use.

Todd was ready.  After that, he started guzzling 8 ounces in a feeding, without excessive leakage.  He purposefully grabbed at his bottle with both hands, pulled it to his mouth, and, for the most part, held it on his own when reclined.

Also on January 26th, we started offering Todd finger foods.  At this point, the goal is “food play.”  He was definitely interested in all the new textures, smells and tastes.  He liked rubbing the firm fruits/veggies against his toothless gums, and he can “bite” off small pieces.  His gag reflex worked well when small pieces found their way to the back of his tongue.  Yes, I’m being very careful about choking prevention!

Sucking on an apple slice - January 26, 2015

Sucking on an apple slice – January 26, 2015

Highlights:

  • 1st 10.75 hour & 11 hour night time sleeps (1/21 to 1/22 and 1/23 to 1/24)
  • 1st crib nap (1/23)
  • 1st rollerblade using the 3-wheel stroller (Centennial Trail, 1/25)
  • 1st trial spoon-feeding solid food (guacamole, 1/25)
  • grabbing his loose bedding and pulling it over him (1/22)
  • funny tongue protruding (see video)
  • falling asleep at night without crying despite being wide awake
  • started using medium flow nipples
  • holding own bottle if reclined
  • kicking at mattress in his crib (can hear him through the wall)
  • new finger foods this week:  apple, avocado, steamed broccoli, romaine leaves, spinach leaves, raw red pepper, raw celery.
Walk at Langus Riverfront Park & Spencer Island Regional Park - January 24, 2015

Walk at Langus Riverfront Park & Spencer Island Regional Park – January 24, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail - January 25, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail – January 25, 2015

WEEK 24

On February 3rd, I heard some new scratching sounds coming from the baby monitor in the morning.  My suspicion was correct:  Todd had rolled himself onto his belly and was scratching at his sheets.  When I walked in, he was also fingering the monitor (sitting in the corner).  Time to move the monitor!

1st time on his belly in the crib - February 3, 2015

1st time on his belly in the crib – February 3, 2015

Highlights:

  • 1st time rolling back-to-belly in his crib (2/3)
  • I nicknamed him “thumper” because of his mattress kicking.
  • Visit from Eric’s parents and our friend, Ellen (2/4)
  • new finger foods this week:  rotini pasta noodle, pancake, banana, pizza crust, yam
  • spoon-fed pureed food:  yam, banana, green smoothie
Munchin' on a pancake - January 31, 2015

Munchin’ on a pancake – January 31, 2015

WEEK 25

We had a sad start to this week because our ~15 year old cat, Millie, died on Friday, February 6th.  You can read about her in the previous post, Missing Millie.

Millie and Todd - February 6, 2015

Millie and Todd – February 6, 2015

Todd was getting noticeably way more active!  He’s a high-energy guy, especially in the evenings.  Here’s some new things in the “motor function” department this week:

  • On his back, he started doing a “hip-wiggle-wiggle” marching thing, and one time he spun himself around in almost a complete circle while on his back.  Imagine a clock hand going around!
  • From his back, he very quickly rolls to his belly.  From there, he can now spin ~90 degrees on his belly to reach for toys.  He started doing a “pseudo-crawl” to propel forward.
  • At the end of the week, he did more rolling from belly-to-back than he’s done in previous weeks.  Now it’s more smooth and coordinated.

Food–

On February 5th, I gave Todd a sip of my green smoothie, and he wanted more, so I gave him a couple tablespoons from his own “cup” (a mini silicone pinch bowl).  That started a regular habit of giving him green smoothie most mornings.  He slurps while I pinch the sides.  He loves it, and he tries to pull the bowl into his mouth with his hands.  Our green smoothies contain kale or collard greens, banana, orange, avocado, celery, berries, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) and pea protein powder.

Todd watches me closely from his ExerSaucer when I’m in the kitchen.  He knows when I’m preparing his “formula milk” and gets visibly excited when he’s ready for some (he bounces up and down).

Slurping up green smoothie - February 7, 2015

Slurping up green smoothie – February 7, 2015

Sleep–  AKA…Transition to Tummy Sleeping!

  • February 9…I put Todd to bed at 7:30 PM and he was wide awake.  He quickly rolled to his tummy in his crib.  “Oh, no,” I thought!  When he fell asleep that way I was shocked!  Two hours later, I heard him crying and I knew why.  I turned him back over and he slept on his back for the rest of the night.
  • February 10th…I put Todd to bed at 8 PM and he immediately rolled to his tummy.  I put him on his back again, then he fell asleep.  He woke up at 2:45 AM and he was on his tummy again.  I fed him and he returned to sleep on his back.
  • February 11th…I put Todd to bed at 7:30 PM and he was actually asleep for a change.  He woke up crying at 2:30 AM.  This time, he was on his tummy with his head in the corner.  There were some red abrasions on his head from the crib rails.  After I fed him, I put him on his back.  Within just a couple minutes, he turned onto his tummy AND got himself facing the opposite direction!  He was picking at the loose edge of his sheet where his feet normally would be.  I put him on the floor so I could fix his sheets.  Within minutes on the floor he rolled from back-to-belly and then belly-to-back.  It took until 4 AM to get us both back in our beds.
  • February 12th…I padded Todd’s crib so that he wouldn’t create more abrasions on his head.  (Previously, the rails were lined with just a thin mesh crib liner).  I did a pretty good DYI job, using some old folded bath towels.
Todd's Padded Room - February 12, 2015

Todd’s Padded Room – February 12, 2015

That evening, we went to our condo in Wenatchee and I lowered the “mattress” in the Pack ‘N Play travel bed.  Todd went right to sleep at 10:30 PM, but he woke up crying an hour later.  Sure enough, he’d wiggled himself into the corner.  I fed him and he fell asleep on his tummy.  At 3:45 AM, he wasn’t crying but it sounded like he was struggling.  Head in the corner again!  I moved him to the center and he fell asleep.

Highlights:

  • 1st tummy sleeping (2/9)
  • Visit at Eric’s parents house (2/10)
  • gets more distracted by his feet/socks (or other items) while sitting on the toilet
  • new mouth/tongue sucking thing he kept doing
  • “hip wiggle wiggle” on back (see video below)
  • pseudo crawling to propel forward
  • more rolling belly-to-back, more smoothly and coordinated
  • tries to do a sit-up when on his back
  • new finger foods this week:  pancake (made with wheat flour, cornmeal, pumpkin), Baby Mum Mum cracker
  • new spoon-fed pureed food this week:  taste of lentil/tomato soup broth, baked beans

WEEK 26 (AND PART OF 27)

It IS still ski season, although there isn’t much snow…

Todd & Eric at Mission Ridge - February 13, 2015

Todd & Eric at Mission Ridge – February 13, 2015

This week Todd settled into his tummy sleeping routine.  Now, I don’t have to “rescue” him, for the most part.  He’s often seen sleeping with knees drawn up underneath him…so cute!

Sleeping in the Pack 'n Play travel bed - February 15, 2015

Sleeping in the Pack ‘n Play travel bed – February 15, 2015

Sitting in his FIsher Price chair - February 15, 2015

Sitting in his FIsher Price chair – February 15, 2015

At our condo, the papasan chair is a favorite!  He loves being assisted to stand up against the side “wall,” then tries to let go, and falls backward.  It’s been a great chair to have because he can also sit and play in it while we fix meals and such.

More “firsts” in motor function this week:

  • Todd got up on hands-and-knees from his belly for the first time.
  • From sitting, Todd can now reach way out in front for things, and he did his first transition (in control) from sitting-to-belly when reaching for a toy.
  • Todd stood for a full 4 seconds completely balanced and without any support.  He likes to practice standing using the “rails” of his play mat.  He needs help to get “placed” but then we let go.  Then, he lets go with one hand and then the other.
  • From hands-and-knees, Todd pulled his left knee and foot way under him for the first time (February 20th).
  • Briefly presses up into a “plank,” from belly.
Hands & Knees - February 19, 2015

Hands & Knees – February 19, 2015

On February 18th, Todd had his 6 month pediatrician check-up, including receiving his 6 month vaccines.  Todd was 15 pounds, 6.5 ounces (14th percentile), 26″ long (25th percentile), and head circumference 42.5 cm (27th percentile).  Growth in all areas picked up since the last visit!

The doctor said to start feeding solids twice a day and that no food is off limits (from an allergy standpoint), if properly prepared.  (Honey is the exception but we don’t eat honey!)

Closing out the 6th month in style–> Todd has been on a roll with pooping in the toilet.  There were ZERO poopy diapers for the entire month!  As I complete this post (on February 23rd), it’s been 39 days in a row and we’re still counting.  The last poopy diaper was January 15th!  The little bit of solid food that Todd’s been eating hasn’t changed the consistency, although the color (of the digested green smoothie) is noticeably darker.

Highlights:

  • 1st time getting up on hands and knees (2/15)
  • 1st time going from sitting-to-belly (2/16)
  • 1st “crawl” from one end of the couch to the other (2/16)
  • 1st standing without any support and completely balanced (for 4-seconds, 2/16)
  • Record sleep, 11.25 hrs (2/18 to 2/19)
  • got startled when he tooted on the toilet…haha! (2/20)
  • pooping in the toilet for the whole month
  • examines fingertips of both hands and touches them together, etc
  • making sounds:  “bom,” ba” and “ma ma”
  • lots of smiles and giggles
  • wearing 6 and 9 month clothes
  • very driven/motivated to challenge himself; likes to show off
  • now prefers to be on his tummy rather than his back, because he’s more mobile that way
  • new finger foods this week:  pancake (made with wheat and oat flours, applesauce, almond butter), vegan burger patty (from Costco)
  • new spoon-fed pureed food this week:  sweet potato, peas
  • 1st time using the Fisher Price Healthy Care™ Booster Seat (2/13)
6 Months Old - February 21, 2015

6 Months Old – February 21, 2015

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