Friday, April 23, 2010

Please tell me this will end.

Teething.

Oh my gosh. Where did my sweet little good-natured baby go?

Did teething turn any of your children into cranky monsters? How long did it take for them to go back to normal? He can't be like this the entire time he's getting his teeth.... right?

Did any of your kids start waking up in the night again when they were teething? What did you do about it? Bennett's first tooth just cut through on Tuesday, and the week before that, we had been working on getting him to put himself back to sleep in the middle of the night. About a month or two ago, he started waking up occasionally in the night and so I would go in and wrap him back up and he would go right back to sleep. Well occasionally turned into twice a week, which turned into every other day which turned into every night. So we decided that was that, and when he woke up in the night, we just let him cry himself back to sleep. He cried for 25 minutes the first night and 16 the next. After those 2 nights, we figured out that if we wrapped him with one arm out of his blankets, he slept better, so we started doing that. That also made it harder for him to get completely out of his blankets, which is what seems to bother him so much in the night. He slept great for probably 4 nights in a row, but now he is getting out of his blankets that way, too. He HATES it. But he has to learn to sleep not wrapped up because a) that's how people sleep and b) he won't stay wrapped up even if we tried.

So the wrapping him up battle was raging, and we were just letting him cry (but we thought he was getting better). Now he's teething and last night he woke up at 1:18am and wasn't asleep again until almost 2:30am. I finally went in about 2am. I would be fine letting him cry it out, except that now that he is teething, I worry that his teeth hurt him and that he's not just needing to cry it out, but that I should be giving him tylenol or something. But at the same time, I don't want to go in there if nothing is wrong because I don't want him to learn that if he just cries for 30 minutes, Mom will come in. I am sure I am not the only one who has fought that battle.

The two nights before when we had let him cry himself to sleep, he got really wound up with his crying, and then spent about the last ten minutes of crying winding down. Last night, instead of winding down, he just kept getting more and more wound up. He was completely hysterical by 2am when I went in. But then, when I went in and picked him up (thinking I would check his diaper), he immediately stopped crying. His diaper wasn't messy, and he didn't seem to want anything besides to be held. NOT WHAT I WANTED!! I was so frustrated. Then when I went to lay him back down, the screaming started again. I was so mad that I just gave up and held him til he calmed down and then put him back down. I mean, we have neighbors above and below us, and I feel bad just letting my baby scream all night, too, because I know they can hear it. The insulation between our apartments is practically non-existent.

He has also been very clingy during the day, so I think part of it is the beginning of separation anxiety. Is this just a horrible bunch of events make each other all worse? Learning to sleep unswaddled and teething and separation anxiety all just combining to make the perfect storm?

Do you guys have any tips for getting your baby to get used to sleeping without being covered up? How warm do you keep your kids rooms? Is he just cold once he's out of his covers and that's why he hates it so much? We have had a space heater in there and generally keep the room between 70 and 72. Are we freezing him? He's in a onesie and long-sleeved, footie pajamas.

Did teething turn your children into rotten little grumps who are almost no fun at all?

What would you do in the middle of the night with your baby screaming, if you were in my situation? I know that he knows how to sleep through the night just fine. He has been sleeping 11 hours or so every night since December. We always put him down awake and he puts himself to sleep. Every night. Every nap. I know he knows how to do it. He sleeps for about 4 hours every day- usually split between 2 naps, sometimes 3. WHY THE MIDDLE-OF-THE-NIGHT meltdowns?! Help me!

Monday, April 19, 2010

End of the year awards

On Friday, Justin had an end-of-the-year awards ceremony for his department. Kids weren't invited, so Brandon and Chelsea were nice enough to come watch Bennett. A true night out! What a novelty! It was really nice. The dinner was catered by Elements Grill in Logan, and you already know how much I love their food from the post about our anniversary! It was so yummy.

Right before we left for the banquet, Justin got a call telling him he won a design competition for a subdivision they are putting in in Ogden. He won $500! I was so excited for him. That is now 3 things that he has designed that are actually being built in Utah. The first was the layout and landscape for Eagle Mountain, which he helped design with Northland Design when he worked there a few summers ago. Then he won the Taylorsville Veteran's Memorial competition (which will finish going up in November 2011) and now this "Jacob's Hollow" subdivision in Ogden. Awesome.

Then at the banquet, he was recognized as "Outstanding Student of the Year" for the second-year graduate students (he was "Outstanding Student of the Year" last year for his year, too), and he received the David R. Jensen Scholarship. The scholarship includes a tuition waiver and a cash award, plus a chance for a paid internship in Colorado! We don't know how much tuition the "tuition waiver" waives, and we don't know how much the cash award is. And we are not sure that we will take the internship, since Justin has work here for the summer and it would be a pain to move. So basically, we don't have many details. But there are only 5 scholarships given in the LAEP department, and only two go to graduate students. Out of the three years worth of grad students (about 15-20 students in a year), Justin was selected for one of them. I am so proud of him. He works really hard and it is nice to see his hard work get recognized by the faculty in such a big way. I am really excited for him. The head of the department announced that he won the scholarship and he said all kinds of great stuff about Justin, but one of the biggest things he talked about was that Justin was one of the most purely natural presenters that he has ever seen. Big compliment for Justin, since he works really hard to present his projects well.

Every day I am more and more amazed at how talented Justin is. When we got married, I knew he was good at what he did, but I don't think I knew enough about his work of the field of landscape architecture to realize how GOOD he was. The more I learn about landscape architecture and the more I see him interact with students, faculty and LA firms, I realize he is truly gifted at what he does. He is getting singled out as his year's best student at a school which is ranked number 15 in the nation for his program! And best of all, I see how much he loves what he does, which is really the most important, anyway. How lucky we are to have him in our family.

Now don't mention this post to Justin. He would be embarrassed.

Clarification

I've had a couple people say they read my blog and couldn't believe I hadn't been able to get Bennett to take a bottle before. I should clarify- it was his first bottle of formula a couple days ago. He has always taken a bottle-- he was 5 days old is when I gave him his first. It just always had to have breast milk in it. Now it's just nice that I don't have to keep what seems like a year's supply of milk in the freezer!

Also, today in the shower, I was thinking how much I really don't like when you get in the shower and the bottom of the shower is cold under your feet. I let the water run to warm up before I get in, and usually, it has been warm for long enough that the floor of the tub is warm. Not today. And I remembered how much I don't like it.

Bennett cried this morning for about 25 minutes and I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong. He even cried when I tried to nurse him which he NEVER does. It was bizarre. And after about 25 minutes, he just stopped, and started gooing. I hadn't changed what we were doing, or even positioned him different or anything. He was just suddenly smiley. Do your kids ever mess with you like that?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Success!

Bennett took his first bottle of formula ever today. That is a huge step.
Usually, when we would try to give him formula, he would take one suck and just give us this horrible face. He wouldn't even swallow it, he would just let it sit in the bottom of his mouth, and then when you sat him up, he would let it dribble out of his mouth.
I'm certainly not actively weaning him or anything, but it would just be SO nice if I could give him formula sometimes-- at Church, when we leave him with a sitter, when we're driving, when we're out shopping, etc.
Wow. I guess this is probably one of those things only moms get excited about. Sorry for the rest of you whose brains are probably melting with boredom. Your fault for reading. HA.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New suit

We wanted to get Bennett an Easter suit, but Easter comes late at our house (our Easter Bunny gets all the goods at post-Easter sales. And we don't care, and Bennett isn't old enough to know any better!), so we just got it this past weekend. Justin took Bennett shopping while I was at a friend's baby shower, and I am in love with the suit he picked out! We took these pictures on Sunday, and they are my favorites yet of the little guy.



And then, one with Grandpa.

And one with Mom and Dad!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Funny Face


This is the new face Bennett has been making pretty much 24/7. He makes this awesome shaky-voice noise every time he does it. It's like a shiver in his throat. We can't even imitate it; we don't know how he gets the "shiver" going so fast! Anyway, this face is cracking me up! Just look at him!

Also, I don't think I ever posted his latest stats, but at his 6-month appointment at the end of March, he was 27 inches long and 18 1/2 lbs! A big boy! I'm appreciative, though, as the shapeliness of my arms is definitely benefiting (slowly but surely).

Friday, April 02, 2010

Buh-Buh-Buh-Benny and the Girls

Benny and I went to an Easter party with some of our Logan friends. Shelley and Thad had to leave early, and that left Benny as the only boy amongst all the little girlies! Go Benny! Go Benny! Too bad they are all older than you...

I love the picture and how all the kids are mad and squirming and crying and trying to get away. We are mean moms.

The party was a blast. We did an Easter egg "hunt" (with eggs out in plain view, as the oldest kids are about 18 months, and most are younger). Bennett had no idea what was going on, but as soon as all the girls were up walking around and picking up eggs, he wanted to stand up too. He even bent over and picked up an egg. And then gummed the egg pretty much the rest of the party. So.... complete success! Thanks to Jocelyn for having us all over!