Sam has been having trouble going to bed at (or close) to his 7:00 goal bedtime. He’s been treating it as nap time and screaming if we try and leave him in there. We tried to calm him and rock him and all that jazz but it just wasn’t working. He generally is screaming, or he looks like this:
We came to the conclusion that he just really wants to hang out, so we’ve just been doing another round of feeding, hanging out and changing. Because, whatever works.
So needless to say, his bedtime for the past week has been around 10:00 or so. He’s still been sleeping okay once he gets to sleep, so it hasn’t been terrible.
So, that brings us to last night. He finally decided to wind down at around 10:30. After an episode of Revenge, Katie and I went to bed. This was around 11:45.
Upon entering the bedroom, Sam started screaming. This was not good. He had not done that this late yet, so we thought we were in for a rough night. Amazingly, I was able to calm him with some rocking and a pacifier.
We still weren’t optimistic. Until 5:30 am rolled around and he woke us up.
I said, “honey, it’s 5:30!!” and we celebrated.
Now, the trick was getting him back to sleep, since he’s decided on numerous occasions that 6 am is a great time to wake up.
Well, not only did he go back to sleep, he stayed asleep until 8:30! We slept from 11:45 until 8:30 with only ONE 15-minute interruption!! Amazing!
Sam is continuing to show major signs of development in the standing up and rolling over areas. His little personality is ever-growing too and we love it!
His first giggles started about a week ago.
He rolled over both ways this past week.
He’s even stopped screaming during bathtime!
We took another road trip to a family reunion where Sam was perfect. He met new family members and was super mellow the whole time. There were some crazy little kids there too, and then there was Sam, who was perfectly content either in mom or dad’s arms for the 4 hours or so that we were there.
He even got to be in the cousin selfie!
He only looks like he doesn’t care.
Our next challenge with Sam is getting him to the crib. As mentioned (and shown) at the top of this post, Sam is outgrowing his cradle quickly.
Moving Sam to the crib will be challenging for all parties. Neither Katie or I are ready to have Sam sleeping in a different room. But I guess he can’t sleep in our room until he starts college, right?
So anyway, this will be happening in the next week or so.
We’re all set up with a video baby monitor and will leave him with his white noise. Wish us luck!
In actuality, it will be really nice to have him in a separate room. We’re sneaking in and trying to be oh-so-quiet on a nightly basis and it’s stressful. Also, when he is napping in there, we basically just have to wait to get things we need or risk waking him up. You see, our house is old and the floors and doors make way too much noise to share a room with a sleeping baby.
So it will obviously be a very positive thing, but I don’t look forward the week that this happens.
Last month, I mentioned that we went to BlogHer in San Jose. Well, one of the brands that we connected with was Lysol. They set us up with some products that have been very useful.
I’d like to share them with you. One should stand out.
Basically, it’s just a more subtle scent to go with the standard Lysol disinfecting spray. But this isn’t just any old spray. This spray kills seemingly every germ and virus around in addition to mold and mildew, so we like it quite a bit.
We spray Sam’s diaper pail, his high chair, stroller, changing table and just about anything that gets funky.
The wipes pictured are your standard Lysol wipes, which come in handy a lot now. As does the Power & Free cleaner, which we love because it has hydrogen peroxide instead of harsh bleach. We now use that cleaner to clean our bathroom, since Sam bathes in there (we put his tub in our big tub). It also leaves a nice scent behind, rather than a highly chemical smell.
So thank you Lysol! And if you’ve got a little one, definitely check out their products to help make your life a little easier, and a lot cleaner.
Again, wish us luck as we try and get Sam sleeping in his own room!