More sleep deprivation. Yay.

May 20, 2008 at 7:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Thanks for the suggestions and support on my post yesterday. You’re right – my gym will come get me if Baby O’s inconsolable, which gives me some measure of comfort.

And I intend on taking it slowly to begin – will start once or twice a week – maybe one day he’ll go to the nursery and another day J will keep him at home when I go. It’s just a matter of making it a routine and getting comfortable with it, that’s all.

I just have to start off small.

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So Baby O had his 2 month wellbaby checkup yesterday. I am proud to report my little guy is THRIVING! He is now 22 inches long and weighed in at 10lbs, 2oz; which puts him into the 25th percentile for weight and height. He again jumped percentiles – at his 1 month appointment he was only between the 5th and 10th percentile for weight. The pediatrician was thrilled with the way he was gaining, she told me that he was right on target. And she also mentioned that we should expect about a 2lb gain per month for the next few months.

She also took another look at his hips and told me “If we hadn’t had the ultrasound I wouldn’t known that he has any sort of dysplasia.” She thinks that tomorrow’s appointment will be “much ado about nothing” and that the orthopede will probably want to ultrasound Baby O again in a few months.

It made me feel so much better.

Baby O got four immunizations yesterday – three different shots and an oral immunization (which thankfully we gave him first). He cried in pain for about 30 seconds and pretty much calmed down and went to sleep as soon as I picked him up. I was surprised to find my own eyes welling up when I watched the nurse give him the shots and heard his reaction – I didn’t expect I’d cry too. Luckily it was brief for the both of us.

And Baby O slept most of yesterday afternoon. I gave him a second dose of baby t.ylenol to ward off pain in the late afternoon, and figured by last night I’d only give him more if he cried during the night.

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The other thing we did last night? We decided to have him sleep in his crib in his own room instead of in the cradle in our room. I figured that since he was so sleepy yesterday afternoon, I’d try and take advantage and start getting him used to his crib.

It didn’t quite go as well as I had hoped.

He woke up initially at midnight, two hours after we put him to bed. I’m not going to lie to you – I HATE the baby monitor. It’s like having an amplifier next to your head. So I went into his room, where he was awake, but drowsy. I put a hand on him to comfort him, and within minutes he had drifted back into sleep.

So when I went back into our room, I turned down the monitor a bit.

As it turns out, it might have been a little TOO low. J woke me up an hour and a half later, saying that he heard Baby O fussing. He was fussy and hungry and gassy and sleepy, so I fed him, gave him some gas drops, and hoped that it would help enough in order for Baby O to go back to sleep.

It did, but for the rest of the night, Baby O made noise. He strained, he grunted, he cried, he did his patented “ah ah ah AH!” pacifier talk as he tried to pass gas.

Finally at 4:30, J went and changed his diaper and then brought him back into the room. I put him belly down on top of me, and the three of us dozed in bed until 6 or so, when J finally got up for work.

So needless to say, I’m freaking TIRED today.

The good news is that Baby O didn’t seem to be bothered by sleeping in the crib – it was the combination of his gas and the baby monitor which kept me up last night. I am hoping that it’s just that need to adjust to listening to the amplified noises through the baby monitor at night instead of the normal grunts and squeaks if he was sleeping next to me.

So we’re going to continue transitioning him into his crib, despite the fact that last night didn’t go so well.

It’s kind of funny. I’m a little sad that we’re moving him into his own room. Even though I know that he can’t do it forever, I kind of like having him sleep next to me – it’s comforting to know that I can sit up and look over at him and know that he’s fine.

And he just looks so LITTLE in his crib.

But really, we can’t have him sleeping in our room too much longer. As much as I love him being with us at night, J and I miss the intimacy of having our room and bed for US. We need to start focusing on us and our marriage again.

But man. I’ve been tired BEFORE the whole transition thing started. Adding this on brings the sleep deprivation to a whole new level.

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  1. Sounds like Baby O is really thriving!! 🙂 Always nice to hear!

    One option with the baby monitor is to not have it near your head. If it’s a little farther away in the room, you can have it at a volume so that you hear his real cries but don’t really pick up on the lesser (but usual) baby night noises.

    Good luck with the transition! And, if you’re not ready, then you’re not ready. You can always try again later, though I do understand the desire to have your bedroom back as your own. That’s my one space where I don’t have to be a mom at home, and I love it.

    D

  2. I know what you mean about the crib transition. I had a hard time as well when we moved K to the crib. However, it is much better having your bedroom back. I would always turn the monitor down so that I could barely hear it. P would let me know if I was sleeping through a cry, which only happened once or twice. In the end, you will notice that O will sleep better in his own space as well. Because you and J make noises too 😀

    Also, way to go O!! 25th from 10? That’s awesome!!! See, you rock!

  3. We did the crib transition at 10 weeks and our baby actually ended up sleeping better in the crib than in the pack n play in our room. She’s a baby who likes a very quiet environment for sleep.

    I’m with you on the baby monitor, after a while you do sort of learn to sleep through the lower noises and wake only when there’s crying. Though I think moms are very much attuned to baby’s cry, one night I inadvertently turned the volume all the way down but was awakened by crying anyway. And she’s upstairs and our bedroom is downstairs.

  4. The monitors are so annoying. It’s a have-to in our house because we keep bedroom doors shut, but I can’t stand them. I had one that was voice activated (sony makes it I think) and I’d put that setting on. It didn’t pick up little noises, but would turn on with louder grunts and of course tears. The one I have now scans the 2 bedrooms. It’s pretty good. You will get used it eventually.

    Glad to hear O is getting big. They grow so, so fast from this point on I think. Good bye new-baby look, hello infant!

  5. He sure is growing! Just a testament to that great milk. I totally understand about the transition. The air in the room just seems different doesn’t it? If the monitor doesn’t work for you you can always move to the video monitoring system which many parents find to be even move effective. We used it and loved being able to keep an eye on the kids when they reached that playing in the crib stage to wanting out now! Of course you have plenty of time before Baby O gets there but it is an option. But it is great if you get concerned with spitting up etc. You can see immediately what that strange noise was.

  6. You’re a stronger woman than I am…Ava was in our room till about 6 months, and Ethan is still in our room (with no plans to move, not while I’m BF’ing) at 5 months.

    I’m a big pansy. Not about putting them upstairs, but about having to GO upstairs to GET them!!!

    🙂

  7. Glad to hear that baby O is doing so well! We had the twins in their cribs from the minute we can home from the hospital only because it just made sense logistically … but I HATED the monitor! I kept it for a while, but since there room is only just down the hall, we ended up ditching the monitor and just keeping our door and their door open … We turn the monitor off when we go to bed, not while we are awake, because of the tv being on and stuff.

    We probably didn’t start doing that as young as O is … maybe more like 4 months … The sleep deprivation sucks, there is no two ways about it … but it will get better. Jake had terrible gas when he was that young … it does get better!

  8. I hear you on the baby monitor thing… It seems to just take a while to get used to it.

    I found that if I set it carefully I can get rid of most of the grunts, but have it loud enough to wake me when he cries. I set mine so that I can’t hear him breathing then I listen for a grunt, if I can still barely hear the grut it is low enough.

    We put our boy in his crib at 6 wks – he LOVED moving to his crib. I think loves the crib because of the extra room. Before he would hit the sides of the bassinet every time he moved, which woke him up. That and he could hear all of our noises too, which while comforting probably wasn’t easy to sleep through.

  9. Is baby O’s room far from your own that you need the monitor at night? Won’t you be able to hear him crying without it? If that is not the case, I would turn off the monitor when you sleep. I moved my first-born to her own room within the first week and the second one went straight there, because of all the noise a baby makes while sleeping. The first few nights I did not sleep that well because I was afraid that I might not hear her (we do not have a monitor), but now I know that I hear when they really need me.

  10. Um serenity, forgive me if you already know this, but the cot death advice is to keep the baby with you for the first six months. They figure it’s something to do with the baby hearing your breathing during the night, so they never fall so deeply asleep as to be in danger of stopping breathing. Might be worth thinking about if you hadn’t already considered it.


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