Tonight's the night. I'm starting to help Reed learn how to self-soothe. Our doctor suggests putting your baby to bed when he is tired, but not asleep. Then, if he starts fussing, you give him a few minutes to calm down by himself. If he doesn't, you go in and calm him down, then put him back in the crib before he is asleep. You do this for as long as it takes for the baby to put himself to sleep.
It's not going so well. I initially put him down one hour and fifteen minutes ago. And he's still crying. I've been in eight times. Each time he calms down right away--then screams as soon as I leave. I don't know how much longer I can be strong and not just cuddle with him until he falls asleep. I feel so bad! And our neighbors probably think I'm a bad mom--we have paper thin walls. At least it's not 2:00 a.m. But I want him to learn how to self-soothe so he can sleep through the night and during naps. He'll be happier. And I'll be happier. It's worth it, right? And does anyone have any advice for me?
So here is my distraction. A random blog post. Here is what the Hambly fambly has been up to lately:
My graduation is next Friday and Ryan finishes his finals the following Tuesday. We are moving the day after he finished and skipping his graduation, which would be the next Saturday. We're almost done!
Reed loves to stand up. It's one of his favorites. Recognize the outift? It's the one he came home from the hospital in. Yes, it still fits. Well, more like it finally fits. It was a little big then :)
We got a new camera! Nikon D40x, woot woot. It takes sweet pictures. We've been having fun playing with it. I'm excited for my sister-in-law, Grace, to teach me mad photgraphy skills. And I love the flower in this picture. Such an awkward looking flower, but pretty in its own way.
Reed update: I just went in for the eleventh time. He's been crying now for one hour and fourty minutes. His body is soaked with sweat from crying so hard. And my heart is breaking in half. I'm not going to make it.
We tried rice cereal again tonight after waiting a few weeks (it was a little bit of a fiasco last time). He loved, loved, loved it. I think he now realizes that rice cereal is food. He was very excited for each bite. I'll have to take a video and post it--he's a pretty cute eater.
This is the face he has been giving us lately. Doesn't he just look like he's up to something? He has also started smacking his lips. All the time. And thinks it is so funny when you do it back to him.
This is the cuteness I get to see every night after his bath. He just kills me. Love this kid!
Okay, it has officially been two hours. Should I give up?