Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gray at 3 Months

One of my goals this first year of Grayson's life is to have pictures taken at regular intervals so that we can track his growth (and keep the grandparents happy). Here are the pictures that we had taken at about 3 1/2 months. It's incredible how much he's changed and grown!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Stupid Oxytocin

Disclaimer: Prepare yourselves for another blog about Grayson's sleep; it is our all-consuming issue these days! If blogs are a true indication about a person's life, just be happy that yours MUST be more exciting than mine. While Ben is off traipsing around Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, I am sitting here blogging, yet again, about sleep...

After coming home from a quick trip to Lubbock last weekend, Gray and I (more or less) started over on sleep training. We are still doing better than when we started this oh-so-fun endeavor over 3 weeks ago, but not by leaps and bounds. Until Thursday...

Thursday morning, I laid Gray down for his morning nap as usual. And, as usual, I sat with the monitor close by after he'd gone to sleep just waiting for him to wake right back up in 15 or so minutes. So, I curled up on the couch with a book, just waiting to be interrupted, resigned to the fact that it wasn't worth starting any other project. Before I knew it, I had finished my book and Gray was still asleep: 30 minutes without waking up and no book to read. What was I to do?

Shower! I got out of the shower and Gray was still asleep (We're going on an hour at this point - I take long showers). I checked and double-checked the monitor every 20 seconds or so while putting on my make-up and doing my hair (and now we're at an hour and a half - I take a long time to get ready in general).

At this point it's going on close to 2 hours that Gray has been napping. I've finished a book, gotten ready, and picked up the house. So, here's where the oxytocin part of the story comes in. My beautiful, anti-napping son is coming to the end of his longest nap to date and I am in a near panicked state, because I am imagining all sorts of terrible SIDS scenarios even though I have checked the video monitor a trillion times in the past hour. I was so nervous that I had to call Ben and have him talk me out of going in to Gray's room to wake him up. Stupid Oxytocin, why not just let me enjoy 2 hours of productivity?!

Needless to say, Gray woke up happy and refreshed, I calmed down and everything is back to a non-napping state. Oh joy!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Outdated Info As Always

For the life of me, I just can't keep current with blogging. Oh well, I guess by now those of you who still read this don't expect anything less. So, without further ado: Outdated Info As Always.

Grayson has been keeping us on our toes lately (as you may have noticed by the lack of pictures and my frantic Facebook statuses). At about 2 1/2 months Grayson fully awakened from his sweet, newborn sleepiness and decided he no longer liked to be put to sleep for naps and bedtime. In fact, he has decided that he thoroughly HATES it. So, for the last 2 months, we have had quite the time of getting our dear Gray Boy to go to sleep. At first we naively thought that if we just swaddled him a little tighter, shushed a little longer, and rocked a little harder, that he'd give in. NOPE!

So after multiple trips to the pediatrician, dozens of conferences with lactation specialists, and 5 different sleep manuals, I reluctantly tried letting Gray "cry-it-out". Oh, if he'd only "fuss" or "protest" as people say. Nope! He screams loudly and for long periods of time. This has been going on for what seems like forever, but in reality has been about 2 weeks (and really only during the day for 1/2 week).

And then today...

Ahhh! He napped. After CIO for 25 minutes, he slept for 1 1/2 hours. Then, he only fought sleep for 10 minutes at his next 2 naps and slept a total of 2 more hours. Hallelujah. Now the question is: Will this be the new norm or just the eye of the storm? We'll just keep praying.

(One final note for those of you who think I've been hasty or cruel in letting my 4 1/2 month old cry for long periods of time, here is the list of what we tried before or in combination with "Crying-It-Out": swaddling, 1/2 swaddling, unswaddling, making the room cooler, making the room warmer, music, nursing, bottle feeding, pacifier, rocking, walking, patting, shushing, a stuffed animal, a blanket, car rides, stroller rides, the swing, letting him stay up until he crashes while playing, blackout shades, progressive waiting methods, burping, changing his diaper, and probably more things I can't think of right now.)