Category Archives: Sleep

Where oh Where Has My Good Sleeper Gone?

At least one of us looks chipper….

Every night for the last week, Mason has been waking up  crying and screaming 4-5 times a night. I know a lot of you will not feel any pity for me whatsoever since that’s what babies do (yours anyway)  and that’s okay, but people, I am dying over here!

This is the little boy who has been sleeping through the night since he was about 4 weeks old! He’s slept through colds, shots, thunderstorms, his first two teeth, the weather radio going off, all previous growth spurts, EVERYTHING. And now? He’s not sleeping worth crap. Twice I’ve attempted a middle of the night feeding, and while he will happily eat, it doesn’t stop him from waking up screaming half an hour later.

Oh, and to add insult to injury? He’s decided that he needs to start his day 25 minutes earlier than ever before, which is 10 minutes before I get up for the day. Or used to get up, that is. *sigh*

I am completely at a loss. I’m praying for “worst growth spurt yet” or to wake up one morning and suddenly discover he has 15 teeth or something because, oh my god, I am so tired!!

Help! Commiserate! Point and laugh! I don’t care, just someone make him sleep!!

1st Swim Lesson

He looks pretty happy after his lesson, no?? (Man, a slightly wet car seat makes it look filthy!)

So Sunday was Mason’s first Baby Swim class. I couldn’t get SuperDad to come with to take pictures (he was worried he’d be the lone guy on the side trying to take pictures while women in bikinis glared at him) and boy was I bummed when the entire sideline of the pool was covered with dads and grandparents taking pictures and shooting video. Had we known that….

The first thing I discovered was my new “Flaunt it while I’ve got it” swimsuit is more of a “Mommy, I can get to your boobs!!” swimsuit that equals a really bad combination for baby swim class and people shooting video. Yikes.

The center opened up at 1 pm and so the showers were FREEZING COLD and the pool water was a lot cooler than I expected. The shaky lip and sad face came out as soon as we got in the water and I went “Oh no, this is NOT good” but I gave him a big hug and distracted him and he seemed to do okay.

The first thing we did was the Hokey Pokey (put your right leg in, put your right leg out…) and Mason had way more fun watching the other babies than having me splashing him around.

She had us try to have them float on their backs (with their head supported) and Mason did NOT like that. We got fun noodles and he was more than happy to hold on to the and float around on his belly when we did that. The only problem we ran into was they had some balls to play with in the water for one of the activities and when he saw that, he let go of the noodle and almost went under!

I was disappointed that the class had such a spread of ages. They apparently couldn’t fill it as an “infant class” and opened it to infants and toddlers, so there were 3-4 kids who were 3+ (some close to five would be my guess) so almost every activity we did included something that just wasn’t feasible with an infant. We were paired up with one of the older girls to play with a ball and she wanted to chase it everywhere and Mason wanted to hold it and stare at it. LOL He also wanted nothing to do with the blowing bubbles and making motorboat noises. There were two 9 month old babies there and one baby I would have been surprised if she was 3 months (which I thought was odd because I was told the minimum age was 6 months) There were two other babies, but I didn’t have a chance to talk to their parents and get their ages. Maybe next time!

All in all, it was a good class. Mason had several moments of “Oh my god, I’m not so sure about this, I’m going to start crying now!” but seemed fine through the majority of it. Right when we got out of the pool to leave, he THEN started kicking on his own and really grabbing at and playing with the Fun Noodle, so that figures. Maybe that means he finally felt comfortable and will get “into it” quicker next time (Each class is 30 minutes)

The showers were thankfully MUCH warmer when we got back but the changing rooms were freezing cold! (Come on community center, this is Wisconsin, you can turn your air conditioners off now!) I had brought his car seat (as you saw in the picture) and even with that, I had NO idea how incredibly complicated it was going to be to strip, change, and dress a wet 7 month old and then myself in a room full of people and kids. The other mommy I knew took a full shower and fully bathed her little one (who can stand on his own, so maybe that helped) and I here felt victorious just rinsing Mason off and getting him half dressed (yeah, I gave up on his pants and threw a blanket over him #mommyfail)

I figure if nothing else, at the end of 6 weeks, I’ll have changing a wet wiggly baby on a cement floor down pat and hopefully have mastered keeping my boobs in my swimsuit! It’s all about small goals, right??

Wonder Weeks are Here Again

Wonder Weeks, which are directly related to a babies growth spurts, are (in my definition) when your baby turns into a hell demon because his entire world is upside-down as he learns and processes new information for the new stages in his life. For all of his growth spurts and wonder weeks, Mason has been about a week ahead of schedule – always turning into the most unhappy baby on Earth the week his Daddy has to work every single night, leaving me all along with one unhappy little man.

Here are the wonder week signs.

  • Cries more and is bad-tempered, cranky, or whiny more often (OMG YES!!)
  • wants you to keep him busy (YES!)
  • wants more physical contact (YUP!)
  • sleeps poorly (Much more restless)
  • loses appetite (not so much)
  • doesn’t want to be changed (is this why he screams like we’re killing him the second he hits the changing table?? Hmmmm….)
  • is shier with strangers than he use to be (Not really)
  • is quieter, less vocal (Way less babbly)
  • might have nightmares (Yes, he’s been screaming and thrashing in his sleep a lot lately, poor little guy)
  • is less lively (Is too busy screaming for me to notice)
  • reaches for a cuddly toy, or does so more than before (not really)

I am sooooooooooo ready for the crying and crying and crying some more to end….

For those curious about the Wonder Weeks, here is what they have to say about Week 26

“At about 26 weeks, your baby will start to show the signs of yet another significant leap in his development. If you watch closely, you will see him doing or attempting to do many new things. Whether or not he is crawling at this stage, he will have become significantly more mobile as he learns to coordinate the action of his arms and legs and the rest of his body. Building on his knowledge of events, he his now able to begin to understand the many kinds of relationships among the things that make up his world.

One of the most significant relationships that your baby can now perceive is the distance between one thing and another. We take this for granted as adults, but for a baby it is an alarming discovery, a very radical change in his world. The world is suddenly a very big place in which he is but a tiny, if very vocal, speck. Something he wants can be on a high shelf or outside the range of his crib, and he has no way of getting to it. His mother can walk away, even if only into the next room, and she might as well have gone to China if he can’t get to her because he’s stuck”

New skills your baby is acquiring…

  • discovering distance between objects
  • understand the concepts of  outside, on top, above, next to, underneath, in between, etc.
  • cause and effect relationships (ex. flip switch light goes on)
  • relates sounds with objects or situations (ex. key in the door means daddy is home, scratching at the door means the dog wants to come in)
  • learn when something is out of the ordinary (your drop the milk carton, the glass falls off the table)
  • coordinate the movements in his body better. Some babies learn to sit up, other learn to crawls, etc.”

Info from Bloggin about Babies and the official Wonder Weeks Site.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that he’s growing and developing, but does growth and development have to be so LOUD and so SAD?

The Woombie – Our Review

So as I’ve posted about before, Mason still sleeps swaddled but it’s becoming a battle. He wants to sleep with his arms free but if they’re free, he wakes frequently. If he’s swaddled, he sleeps soundly through the night. We went from using a hospital size receiving blanket to the Kiddopotomus Swaddle Me, which worked for a few weeks and then we started waking up and finding him with at least one if not both arms free.

So I contacted Kim at Woombie and asked if she could help us out. I’d heard nothing but good things about Woombie and really wanted to try one before we gave up the swaddle and the peaceful nights.

For those who are not familiar with the Woombie, it looks like this:

Information from their website:

The Woombie comforts, softly confines arms & gently compresses baby’s unique curves to hug baby… preventing startling issues, face scratching, overheating.

The Woombie is a proud winner of the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved), Moms Best and Creative Child Awards. We have been seen on television, in numerous popular baby magazines and are endorsed by Doctors, Doulas, Postpartum Baby Instructors, Nurses and countless moms and dads worldwide. In a nutshell, The Woombie is a great easy swaddle for babies with the Startle Reflex & who are in need of a cozy yet gentle confinement.

The Woombie follows Pediatrician & S.I.D.S. guidelines, maintains airflow and will not overheat baby, no loose blankets covering airways,  and prevents face scratching. It also prevents unnecessary waking due to the Startle Reflex, soothes babies with colic, will not come undone, promotes natural motor development, and is easy to use – just zip it up.

My thoughts:


First, I was incredibly impressed by the very short amount of time it took me to get the Woombie. It arrived in just a few days and was well packaged without a lot of extra packaging that seems so common these days.

The Woombie itself is nice soft stretchy fabric and there are no tags or anything that made me concerned about Mason’s comfort. The zipper pull has a velcro cover-up so there is no chance of  it poking him.

It was very easy to put Mason into the Woombie. Simply lay him on top of it, stick his feet in the bottom, and zip it up to his chin. No wrapping, no pulling anything tight. Just zip and you’re done! Sometimes he is faster than me and puts his arms up before I can get it zipped all the way up, and then I take advantage of the handy dual zipper that lets me unzip it from the bottom – I can leave the top zipped, gently pull his arms back down in positition, and zip him back up! Simple! This would also come in handy for any middle of the night diaper changes, which fortunately, are rare around our house.

We’ve been using the Woombie for about two weeks now – I wanted to make sure the first few days of success weren’t some sort of fluke! At first I was really concerned because he refused to keep his arms down and instead keeps his hands up by his face, which pulls material up by his face. I quickly realized he’s unable to pull the material up past his shoulders and the material is designed to be breathable. Unlike traditional swaddle blankets, he’s able to have some range of motion so he can make himself comfortable without dealing with total freedom that causes the startle reflex. The pictures on their website show babies with arms crossed over their chests, at their sides, and in various positions while in the Woombie. Apparently my little guy likes his hands up by his face.

 

Since getting the Woombie, the final steps of getting Mason ready for bed take seconds instead of minutes. There is no “Okay, attempt number five, will we be faster than him this time?!” race. We no longer have to go check on him half a dozen times to see if he’s worked his way out of his swaddle and is thrashing around. He smiles happily when getting wrapped , adjusts his arms to where he likes them, and sleeps soundly with no flopping arms scaring him in the night. Our nights of sleep have been saved!

You can buy your own Woombie online at their website and they come in sizes that fit babies from 3 lbs to 25 lbs! They also come in lightweight summer fabric and fleece winter fabric so you can Woombie year round without worrying about your little one getting too hot or too cold. There is also a convertible Woombie that allows for free arms  while keeping the rest of the body gently hugged. Reasonably priced from $26.99 – $28.99, this is definitely a must have for any baby who enjoys being swaddled. Stop fighting with those receiving blankets and velcro closures!

In conclusion, We give the the Woombie 6 thumbs up (Mine, Mason’s, and P’s!) It’s very easy to use and keeps my strong little man confined enough that he is still sleeping through the night like a champ. Thank you Woombie!

 

Thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. I received a free Woombie for  reviewing but was not compensated monetarily or in any other manner for writing this post.

A Very Tired Tot

Mason fell asleep in his vibrating chair around 6:30 last night. No big deal, I find it GREAT when he takes about an hour nap in the evening and as long as I wake him up before 8, he has no problem with his 9:00 bedtime.

Well, he was still sound asleep when I decided that this would be a *very bad thing* if he didn’t get up soon. So I changed his diaper. And he slept. And I fed him. And he slept. (Oh how I wish I could eat in my sleep. That would be glorious). So finally, I gave up and let him sleep.

I laid awake in bed at about 4 am, unable to fall back asleep after pumping, just knowing he would be awake any minute (he normally sleeps 10 hours). While I tossed and turned, he slept peacefully.

Guess who I had to WAKE UP at 7:10???

Holy nearly 13 hours of sleep Batman!!

Poor little man must have been tired!!

(Sleepy tot picture was actually taken Friday night after Grandma put him to bed – hence the no swaddle and head to the right, which was fixed as soon as I took the picture. Either way, cute sleepy baby!!)

Dreading the Wonder Week

So I know that babies go through growth spurts and it may cause them to sleep more/less and eat more, but I just learned about Wonder Weeks. Wonder Weeks are apparently “8 developmental periods are described as difficult periods because babies often exhibit the 3 C’s: crying, crankiness, and clinginess” and judging from what I’m finding online, the 19 week “Wonder Week” is by far the worst of them. As in, the week starting July 20th in this house.

The development that goes on during this week is huge – “At around 19 weeks (or between 18 and 20 weeks), his ability to understand the world around him becomes far more developed and a little more like our own. Imagine: Suddenly the way you see the world has changed 100%. Everything you thought you knew is now different. It is as if you woke up on another planet. What would you do? Cry! That’s how it is for your baby. With every one of his mental development leaps, his whole world turns inside out. He is scared, and you will notice that he cries more, is cranky and clingy. ” (source)

For his one and two month growth spurts, Mason was about a week early. I hope for this growth spurt/wonder week, he sticks to the common 19 week marker and DOESN’T go a week early because that is P’s week to work. Which means I’d be alone with a very unhappy baby for six days. Ugh. Then again, he’s also getting his 4 month shots the DAY before his 19 week “birthday” so I have a feeling the second half of July his going to be hell either way.

And because I have to research everything thoroughly, you can BET I have a copy of The Wonder Weeks book on reserve through the library.

Sleep Regression

So I know I’ve had it really really good – from having a baby who’s slept through the night since he was 5 or so weeks old to having a Super Dad partner who stays up every night that he’s home to make sure I at least get to sleep from 10-4, most Mommies out there are not going to feel sorry for me for a second.

But suddenly, we’re having a severe sleep regression. I don’t know if it’s related to the crib or what. But for the last few nights, we’ve put Mason to bed and instead of falling asleep within 10 minutes or so (staring up at his mobile and laughing until he conks out) he’s been staying up for 40+ minutes and screaming when the mobile shuts off automatically after twenty  minutes. Then, last night, he finally fell asleep close to 10:00 and woke up crying at midnight. And again at 1. And again at 3. And again at 5. And again at 6. I realize this is totally normal newborn behavior, but not for Mason it’s not.

And, as luck would have it, Super Dad was working, so I was the only one home. And there was a bit of thunder around 2 am and my dogs are afraid to death of thunderstorms.

Needless to say, I’m very very tired today. And I hope this “constantly waking up” thing was a fluke and not the new normal. I’m waaaay too used to just getting up once a night to pump and NOT being woken up to baby shrieks before 5:30 am….

4:30 am

This is what Mason looks like at 4:30 am after getting 11 hours of sleep….

(Excuse the blurriness – I could pretend it represents what <b>I</b> saw after being asleep a mere two hours since my last pumping, but in reality it was a combination of poor lighting and a crappy camera phone)

 

Drugged Baby?

So Wednesday is always a good day for Mason at daycare – he gets in a good amount of naps because there are only 4 babies there instead of 8 (the noise level goes WAAAAAY down) but apparently, that extra sleep just wasn’t enough.

Picked him up at 4:45 and he’d just eaten. Put him down for a nap when we got home and he slept and slept and slept. Tried to wake him up around 7 and he fell back asleep within 15 minutes! Now, it’s MY bedtime and he’s still out cold. I’m guessing he’s never going to make it through the entire night ( 5 pm till 6:30 am, yeah right!) but I guess we’ll see!

Sleepy little man!