Last week was a big week in the Blackburn house. Graham officially turned 5 months (yikes) and we celebrated our 5 year anniversary.
It is hard to believe that we have been married for 5 years! Where does the time go? I always thought on my 5 year anniversary I would be on a big vacation, somewhere warm and tropical… for at least a week. Enter Graham… so no trip for us! We didn’t even make it to dinner since we are working on getting him to go to sleep better at night and keeping him on schedule is really important. Maybe for our 10th anniversary we can go on a big grand vacation! Casey took off work so we spent the day hanging out with Graham and we even watched a movie!
Graham is doing great and we are making some progress on sleep. I did what I swore I would never do and let him cry. It sucked! We got to the point that he was waking up every 1-2 hours, wouldn’t nap and would cry for hours at night no matter what we did or where we tried to get him to sleep. He didn’t want to sleep in the crib, the swing or even in bed with me. Nothing made him happy. Nothing. Not car rides, swings, rocking, walking, nothing. I did a lot of research and decided to give it a try since nothing else was working. I could tell he was very overtired and I felt that it was worse for him to be so overtired than to cry for a couple nights. It didn’t take him long. The first night he fought it big time, but by the next night he was fussing a short time. The last few nights he has gone to sleep right after we put him in the crib with no crying! Some babies can go without sleep and have no issues, but Graham is not that baby. He is very sensitive to sleeping. He can’t sleep anywhere or anytime like some babies. If he goes too long between naps watch out and if he doesn’t get all his sleep at night or enough naps he gets really grumpy really fast. So I have to really watch him and get him down for naps on time. It makes it pretty much impossible for me to do anything during the day and there is no way I can go out and run errands. By the time I feed him after his nap we have an hour or less before the next nap! It is working though and he is so much happier now. He also has been going to sleep at night and for naps without crying. I still get up 2 times to feed him at night. I think that will slow down some in the next few months when we introduce solid foods.
I decided to wait on solids until at least 6 months. Our pediatrician recommended waiting until 6 months. He just recently lost the tongue-thrust reflex. He also just started chewing more than sucking. Until the last few weeks he would try to suck on all his toys, but now he chews on things. I am going to make his food so I am really excited about it (for now). I will have to do some research and figure out what food to start with!! I also need to get some more cloth diapers because he is already going out of his current stash. I am going to add some fleece and wool soakers. Maybe I can get mom to make some for me. Nothing else too exciting with Graham. He still won’t roll over and really doesn’t care about even trying. He gets most of his practice in the crib at night. He would much rather stand up and try to sit up.
I don’t really have any photos for this post. I need to take some more and pull some off my camera. I also want to start working on some videos to post.