Someday pretty soon, he'll be giving full out belly laughs. His laughter is already the best sound in the world so I can only imagine how a big belly laugh will make us feel!
In other news, Lefty is finally pulling her weight again!! I think a couple of days with the manual pump, or the fact that the manual pump made pumping Lefty regularly more convenient, must have done the trick. Ayden hasn't fussed while nursing on the left for two days now and their sizes are much more comparable. I'm back to alternating sides, one side per feeding, again and am glad for it. Shew! That was a close one...
|On our morning walk!|
He's gotten to where he'll pull back when he's done nursing, look me in the eye and smile as if to say, "Thanks mom!" I just love it!
When David got home we had dinner, put Ayden down for his last nap of the day and worked out together. It was nice to workout and to have a workout buddy. I'm stuck in the vicious cycle of not working out because I "don't have the energy" when I know good and well that working out regularly will actually give me more energy. I found some motivation and made it happen today. It wasn't an intense workout but I got my heart rate up a bit and that is definitely better than nothing. It doesn't help that our current dietary lifestyle has me back in my jeans and shorts from college that I had been saving for years for whenever I could fit into them again. The fact that I'm back into them now, after having a baby, without working out at all doesn't give me much motivation to hit the pavement... But being thin doesn't mean that you are in shape so I need to workout at least a few times a week to keep my heart and lungs healthy and my muscles challenged and strong. The daily naps I've been taking with Ayden have really helped so if I can keep that up, I should be able to start making working out part of my regular routine again.
I wonderful reader, Jana, suggested that I look into one of Tracy Hogg's follow up books to The Baby Whisperer called, The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems. I purchased it on my Kindle and will spend the next few days reading it. I think I'm going to have a little "Get More Sleep" bootcamp. I've got one of our camping sleep pads set up in Ayden's room and I intend on keeping a little log of Ayden's sleep patterns throughout the night. I always forget the details by the next morning and The No Cry Sleep Solution suggests keeping a basic log over a few days so that you can use it as a tool to help you modify. It will also help me be more strict about whether or not I feed him at a wake up, since I can't always remember exactly how long its been when I'm that sleepy. I think we'll go to 4 hour stretches for a few nights and see how it goes. It'll mean even less sleep in the meantime, I'm sure, but I'd rather loose more sleep temporarily for a couple of nights than to keep going on like we are for months. Obviously waiting for Ayden to just miraculously sleep more on his own isn't working and we've got to make some changes around here.
Other than our sleep woes, things are wonderful. Ayden has become such a happy and sweet baby and we are just so in love with him. David rushes in everyday after work and swoops Ayden up to tell him how much he missed him. What did we ever do without our little love bug?? Life is good.
Is your baby a good sleeper? Share your secrets!! :)