I’m forced to take life, one day at a time right now, which is nice. My calendar has never been so blank, yet my days are full when the time comes. This past week, I’ve mostly been home, and it’s been so nice to let Charlie nap in his bed and get things done (like blogging : ) He seems to be getting more and more content as the weeks go by. Dan and Hazel got him to smile two weeks ago, and last week I got him to smile and even giggle sometimes. This week, if he’s calm, it’s really easy to get a grin from him, which is so fun. The mornings in particular, he seems to be the most content and chill and smiley! The evenings he’s a bit more fussy and needy, but that’s probably because he’s just tired from surviving another day…that’s how I feel too. ; )
Since my last post, Charlie has been testing out sleeping on his tummy a bit (I know, I know, tummy sleeping is a no no). First it was just for naps, while I was around, then the early mornings, when he was in bed with me (co-sleeping no no, I know). But finally three nights ago I got my mattress cover for his bassinet, so he slept in his bed (all night) on his tummy. He still fed every 3-4 hours, but slept better, and didn’t do any 2 hour stretches, so I’m hopeful this will help us both sleep better!
- If you want info on the mattress cover, read this. It’s really fascinating to me that “Since BabeSafe® mattress covers came onto the market in New Zealand in 1996, there has been no reported case of SIDS/Crib Death among the very large number of babies who have slept on BabeSafe® wrapped mattresses…” I read this before we had Hazel, and got one for her crib. I don’t understand why this isn’t more publicly known, as it’s been 20 years of results!
Anyways, Charlie is gradually getting more and more content, even tolerating his swing or bouncy chair at times! He still requires you to walk around with him a bit each day, but he’s not nearly as upset as he was, even a week ago. He has a rough day ever now and again, days like yesterday. Days where he just needs to be rocked more, swaddled more, held more. Days where he just needs me more. But this week had more content moments than last, which is a win.
The girls still adore him to pieces, and are super helpful.
Other life happening over the past few weeks:
I’m so glad Charlie is my third baby (not my first). He may be the most fussy, but it doesn’t typically rattle me, as you get so much more confident as a parent after your first. You learn that each kid is different, and each requires different things/methods. I’m not sure I could have tried letting Hazel sleep on her tummy, as all the “rules” felt so overwhelming the first time. I was still a bit nervous with Charlie, but since he was strong enough in his neck, and seemed so uncomfortable with his tummy grumbles, it seemed to be best for him. Also, the girls NEVER slept in the bed with us. But that’s because they were amazing sleepers!! Charlie wakes more often to feed at night than they did, and slept more restless in the early mornings. I thought he was off, and I needed to try some sort of “sleep method training” on him, but when I started reading about night sleeping, I realized he was normal…the girls were the abnormal ones, they were stellar sleepers, going much longer between night feeds.
So life seems to get easier with Charlie each week, and the five of us are all enjoying this season, where life is less busy and we’re home more. I’m also getting so excited for spring to come (meaning sunshine and warmer days). The cherry blossoms and crocuses are always the first glimps that spring is on it’s way!