Sunday, June 26, 2011

Best Week Ever

I haven't posted in a while because I think I just had the best week ever! Or at least the best week I've had since having a baby.

It was a good week for a lot of reasons. Me and Michael did a lot of fun stuff together. We are getting out and doing more active stuff lately which has been great for my mood. And it wears Michael out nicely and he's been going down for his naps well all week. But even better than that, he napped for at least 3 hours every day this week except for Thursday (2.5 hours, I think he was having some teething issues that day).

He has never napped like that. I start wondering if I took the wrong kid home from the grocery store if he naps for 2 hours 2 days in a row. This kid has never been a consistent (or good) napper. It was so great having all that free time this week. I should have got more done. Oh well.

And even cooler than that, our bedtime routine grew up a ton in the last couple of weeks. I had always nursed him to sleep. Nursing to sleep worked GREAT for us but it was finally time to end it because he just wasn't getting to sleep in a reasonable amount of time and was beating me up squirming around in the process. I started signing 'nap' (just like we do for nap time) and put him to bed in the crib after he's finished nursing and leave and he goes to sleep on his own very well. After a couple of nights of this, as soon as I sing nap he gets up and tries to go to his crib on his own. It used to take me an hour to put him down and now it only takes 15-20 minutes. I feel like I'm getting away with something every night when I leave. Nothing makes a tired parent happy like a baby that sleeps like a baby.

And he's just been so much more fun to interact with. He's is just dazzling me with his new skills and creativity everyday. He's dancing. He's speaking more. He's signing a ton. He's trying to figure things out. And he's freaking adorable. This stage is great!

We are giving him time outs in the 'naughty chair' when he misbehaves and that's going really well. I can threaten to put him in the naughty chair and he'll stop doing what ever he's doing. I hope the naughty chair never looses it's power.

And to have a little more fun, I told my husband that I'd like to have a jogging stroller. Not to jog with, but to push on gravel trails. We live very close to some wonderful trails that have always fantized about being able to share with my child. I didn't want to spend a ton of money and we don't live near stores where we can see things in person so I was relying heavily on the internet. After some research I saw the Chariot brand pop up a couple of times and when I investigated I was really pleased with what I saw. They are a ton more versatile than just a jogging stroller. We ended up with a Chariot Cougar 2 that we found on Craigslist. These strollers are extremely well made and loaded with features. And they have a bunch of conversion kits for lots of different activities. The guy that sold us ours already had the stroller kit and a bike hitch. I bought a jogging kit. It has a strap to put on your wrist in case your stroller gets away from you and it rolls like a dream, so it's definitely good that it has that strap. It's so much easier to push than my old lightweight stroller. We are pretty happy. And the Cougar 2 is a double stroller (although you can arrange it for single child to sit in the middle). When DH and I were debating whether to email the seller we had to finally discuss a second child because we didn't want to get a double if we weren't interested in having another kid. We decided that we do want another kid eventually, so that was nice, at least we on the same page.

So it was just a really great week here. I'm hoping that it wasn't a fluke. I need a lot more weeks like this one.


Rachel said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had a great week. Isn't it crazy how a little thing like a change in your bedtime routine can make the whole day more pleasant?

Anonymous said...

That's great that you are having such a wonderful time lately with Michael. The sleep development is awesome! I hope that at some point I can start putting Birdie down awake. I know exactly what you mean about nursing and then taking an hour of rolling and pinching and flailing until she falls asleep. Last night I got frustrated and put her down and rubbed her back and she stayed down. Usually she would flip over and stand up and cry, but maybe now she is getting to the point where I am distracting her from going to sleep.

The jogging stroller is a great find! I have been wanting one for a while and scouring craigslist, but nobody here posts anything good on craigslist. I ended up getting a great deal on a BOB jogging stroller new, but we have to wait another week or two until the store gets it in stock. S plans to run with it, but I am not really a runner. I am just excited about being able to take on rougher roads and paths.

Sophie said...

Looking forward to reaching these milestones :). So glad to hear things are working out for you all!

Kate said...

Glad to hear things are going so well! I wish I'd done more signing with K. Even now, she only uses "more" and "all done", but doesn't always use them in the right context. I also sure wish she'd nap for 2 hours a day, rather than her usual 40min.
Congrats on your stroller find!