|Who wouldn't want to spend their day focusing on this little guy?!?|
I'll give today's nap lengthening efforts a 4 out of 10... Yeah, not totally awesome but not a bust either. Once he'd fall asleep, I'd set my phone timer for 20 minutes then get to work on the laundry. When it would go off, I'd go in and sit in the glider, and skim Pinterest while waiting for him to stir. It was crazy, every time at almost 30 minutes on the dot, he'd wake.
According to The Baby Whisperer, sleep cycles are usually 30-40 minutes and a lot of times babies will wake during the transition from REM to deep sleep around that time. For the wake to sleep method, you rouse the baby just a little, then sooth them back before they wake up on their own, thus breaking the pattern. If that doesn't work, you move on to "pick up/put down" until they go back to sleep, which is pretty self explanatory.
For his morning nap I caught it just in time and got him back to sleep for about 15 minutes without even having to pick him up. This got him 45 minutes of sleep total. For his next nap, he woke quickly and seemed almost scared. He was crying and my pick up/put down efforts quickly escalated the situation to melt down territory. This was obviously not what I was trying to accomplish, so I broke down and nursed my poor baby. He fell back to sleep at the breast, of course. I kind of loved it and savored it for a while (don't tell The Baby Whisperer...) and when I could tell he was super asleep I transferred him to his crib. This was the best nap of the day, over an hour, but was against everything The Baby Whisperer stands for. Did I worry too much about it? Nope. I was just glad he got the rest he needed and he was in a good mood afterward.
Tomorrow is a new day and Ayden is just a baby. We'll get there. His last nap was in the Didymos while I cooked dinner.
When David got home, the exterminator was here. This was his third visit because our kitchen has been crawling with ants for 2 weeks now. UGH. We are so over them and they are apparently tricky little buggers to get rid of. When he finally left, we had dinner, and had a little family time. David loves working with Ayden on his physical milestones. I came upstairs to find this:
He's a rocker! I couldn't tell who was more proud. Ayden went with David to take Mav for a walk while I cleaned up the kitchen (can't leave any extra ant snacks about) and then we headed to David's parents' house for our last watering. They get home from Japan tomorrow after a 14 hour plane ride. Can you imagine?
We were planning on swinging by my parents' house on our way home for a swim but it got too late. We still stopped by for a brief hello but didn't stay too long and made it home by 9:30. Ayden fell asleep on the way home so I transferred him to his crib and we're settled in for the night.
It supposedly takes 3 days to change a baby's habits. Maybe Ayden will be napping like a rockstar by the weekend!