Good morning! It’s hard for me to believe that another month has gone by, but indeed it has, and lots has changed as James has become so much more mobile and gotten really into eating solid food. This was our day yesterday.
We’ve been working with James on sleeping “through the night” lately. I suppose you could call it mild sleep training, but I honestly hate the word “training” in reference to children.
He was going to bed on his own just fine, but had started waking up habitually at 9-10, and sometimes other times, wanting to nurse or be soothed back to sleep. I knew he wasn’t really hungry because when he sometimes went back to sleep with just a little soothing, he woke up many hours later happy and playing.
Last night, he did pretty well! He woke up once at around 2:45 and started scooting out of bed. I admit I love watching him doing this on the monitor – it is both entertaining and kind of amazing to watch. I went in and moved him back into the middle of his bed and he cried for maybe 2 minutes. He sucked his thumb and kicked the wall for a while, not fussing, and fell back asleep. He woke up again at 5:20. I fed him and he went back to sleep.
I ate breakfast, read blogs, and worked on some bachelorette party planning for my sister (so excited!). I often workout during this time, but wanted to run on my treadmill today and all of my stuff was in with my sleeping husband, so I decided to wait until nap time.
James woke up right at 7:00, which is great because, according to Dr. Weissbluth (more on that on Friday), children waking up at the same time every day helps their overall sleep. James seems to naturally wake up around 7 most days, so we’re shooting for that.
He is so happy when I go in. One thing I love about his floor bed is that I can lay next to him and snuggle in the morning. I get him up, change his diaper, and get him dressed for the day.
We then go out to the backyard to “greet the world”. There are lots of interesting bird noises this morning and little snails out from yesterday’s rain. It’s fun to see him start to notice smaller things like bugs and snails. He was intent on trying to pet a tiny spider on its web the other day.
We go in to say good morning to his Dad, but James is more in the mood to roll around so we soon give up on morning cuddle time and go play in his room. He chooses his elephant shaker off of his shelf. He also bumps his head on his shelf, which he doesn’t seem to care about, but it leaves a red mark that makes me sad.
He starts sounding grumpy so I nurse him, which cheers him up.
I then put him down to play in the living room while I make his breakfast. I heat up his leftover oatmeal with banana from yesterday and fry a couple of egg yolks in avocado oil. I cut the egg into strips so he can easily eat it. He ate a lot more than what’s on his place mat, but I give him a little at a time so it doesn’t all wind up on the floor.
He is playing happily by himself, so I leave him alone while his breakfast cools off. I quickly change into my running clothes and get the treadmill set up so I can take full advantage of his likely short nap. He is still happy by himself so I load the dishwasher. I really try not to interrupt him when he’s busy playing because I want to encourage his concentration and his ability to entertain himself.
Eventually I interrupt him because we’re running out of time for him to eat breakfast before he naps.
He was much more into the oatmeal today than he has been in the past and is getting so good with his spoon.
He’s gotten much more stable in his little chair, so I can sit across from him now and eat with him sometimes, which is really nice.
Mealtime is fun and messy as usual. I place him on a blanket nearby while I clean up and talk to him about what I’m doing (washing his place mat, putting the extra food away, etc.) so that he at least starts to become aware of the process.
James is yawning by the time I finish cleaning up so I get him ready for a nap, sing him a song, and place him in his bed a few minutes after 9:00 AM. He falls asleep within five minutes and I book it to the garage for a treadmill run. I bring the monitor in case he wakes up.
I run three miles at a quick for me pace (8:10 minute miles, though my speed was all over the place). I was getting tired in the last mile, but my desire to have time for a shower kept me motivated. I watched Lilo and Stitch on Netflix while I ran because I haven’t seen it and I’m basically a five year old inside.
I rushed through the run and the shower and then realized James was still asleep, woohoo! Way to go little buddy. I’m so happy he is taking a real nap, not just 35 minutes, so he will be rested. I finish booking the place for my sister’s bachelorette. It is a house / B&B in the Texas wine country and has alpaccas…I’m pretty excited about it. I then work on this post – a fun and productive morning so far!
James wakes up a little after 10:30, an hour and twenty minute nap, which is great for him lately.
We sing songs and play in the mirror for a bit before I nurse him. Then we’re off for a walk! It looked like rain this morning, but the sun came out and it is a beautiful day.
We walk for a little under an hour. James starts mildly protesting after about 40 minutes so I book it home as fast as I can.
When we get home, James plays and rolls around the living room. I sit by him and fold laundry. He decides to come help and laundry turns into peekaboo. Fine by me. After a while, James starts getting sleepy eyes and goes down for nap # 2 around 1:00 PM. He falls asleep quickly and without much protest.
I eat a quick lunch while he naps and start to do some cleaning. I don’t get much done though because James takes an exceptionally short 30 minute nap. I’m not too surprised because I noticed he had fallen asleep on his arm in a way that didn’t look too comfortable.
I go to greet him and we go sit in the backyard in the sunshine for a little while. At times like this I feel so, so thankful that I get to stay home with him. It’s so nice to just be together outside on a Tuesday afternoon.
Eventually we go in and I nurse him. We read a few stories from the Bible I got him for Easter and he plays in his room.
After a while, I bring him to his little chair for a late lunch of sweet potatoes, which he loves. I roasted them in lots of avocado oil and turmeric. He really loves sweet potatoes and is good at eating them, so I try to load them up with some extra goodness. Turmeric is the first spice I’ve introduced since it’s so mild and has so many health benefits. I’ll probably try ginger and garlic next.
He eats seven sweet potato rounds – looks like I’ll need to go back to the grocery store for more sweet potatoes tomorrow! He can’t get enough.
Cleanup is relatively easy because very little sweet potato made it onto the floor.
I place James on a large blanket in the living room with a couple of toys, but he often seems more interested in exploring the house than toys these days.
Eventually it is time for his last nap of the day. Some days he only takes two naps, but since his second one was so short, he took three today.
This nap was also short, about twenty minutes I think? This was strange because James’s short naps are almost always 35 minutes to the minute, so I don’t know what was going on today.
Regardless, he got up, I nursed him and he played some more in his room. Soon my husband got home and played with him until it was time for dinner.
James had avocado (he ate almost half of a pretty big avocado) and pear slices. He eats dinner around 5 and we’re not usually ready to eat that early so we sometimes compromise and sit with him and eat a salad so it’s more of a family meal.
After dinner, James played a little more and then took a bath. He is so cute and curious in the bathtub. He likes splashing in the water, but also really wants to explore the surrounding area.
After bath time, I nursed him again, gave him a massage, and my husband read him Goodnight Moon. I sang him a song and put him in his bed. He didn’t protest at all and fell asleep in about ten minutes.
We had leftover falafel (frozen from Trader Joes – I highly recommend it!) for dinner, so I didn’t need to cook anything. As I mentioned, the last couple of weeks were a little rough, but so far, this is shaping up to be a great one!
What was the best part of your day yesterday?