Happy 5 Month Birthday!

Yesterday, Caleb turned 5 months old. He’s so adorable! No cake for Caleb yet. Instead, I celebrated with Caleb by trying all day to get him to take a nap. This boy still does not want to sleep! He so needs it, but fights it with a passion. I’ve read all or parts of the following sleep books:

Babywise by Ezzo
The Sleep Book by Dr. Sears
Touchpoints: Sleep by Brazelton
No Cry Sleep Solution by Pantley
The Lull-A-Baby Sleep Plan by Tobin
The Baby Whisperer by Tracey Hogg
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Weissbluth MD

Crazy, eh?! All these books, and all I’ve learned is that there are a lot of different ideas out there on how to get babies to sleep.

But seriously, this boy can cry. My dad watched him the other day for just 1.5 hours. When I came home, I could hear Caleb wailing inside the house as I was driving into the garage (with my car windows up). After I soothed him, he still continued to whimper for the next 2 hours in his sleep. It’s hard because we want to give him time to figure out how to soothe himself back to sleep when he wakes, but if you let him cry to long, he gets into this funk where he has trouble with stopping his crying. It’s like he gets caught up in his crying. When he gets like that, it’s hard to find anything/anybody that will soothe him. He even makes himself throw up sometimes when he cries too hard.

But on a lighter note, he’s so much fun when he plays. It’s neat to see him get stronger. He can sit up pretty well now. He still needs assistance sometimes. His gross motor skills have really improved. He used to grab a toy and some part of the toy might make it to his mouth. Now, he grabs a toy and the part of the toy he wants (as long as it can fit) almost always makes it into his mouth. He’s developing well. I have no idea how much he weighs now since I don’t go to any breastfeeding support groups anymore…. but he’s definitely not losing any weight. On Monday, at our parent education class, I picked up this 8 month old who was crawling where she shouldn’t. I picked her up much higher and quicker than I meant to because she was that much lighter than Caleb. It was like picking up a feather when you’re used to usually picking up a sack of potatoes.

OK, time for me to go to bed. If we come to mind, please pray for us and our sleep.

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