Saturday, August 13, 2011

Falling Asleep In My Arms

August 2, 2011 - Seven Months Old

About once a week, Will has a hard time falling asleep on his own at night. Tonight was such a night. I am thankful for this special time I have with him on these nights when he needs extra cuddles, extra rocks, extra kisses, and when I get to watch him fall asleep in my arms. I have learned that I have to really wait until he has "given up" and has just melted into sleep in my arms. So peaceful and sweet. I love it.

I am, however, thankful that this hiccup in his normal falling asleep routine only happens about once each week. That way, I give the extra time and affection while knowing that (hopefully) he'll fall asleep on his own the next night.

Brief pause in flowery writing for some statistics/data I want to remember about this stage: Right now, at 7 months, I am waking him most mornings at 7 a.m., and he eats again around 10, 1:30, 4:30, 7, and 10. He takes 1 1/2 hour naps in between 3 feedings and then takes a 45 minute nap from 6-6:45 p.m. while the rest of us eat dinner. He goes down for the night between 8:20-8:30 p.m. Seriously, if I try to put the boy down before 8:20, he knows, and he fights it for sure. He doesn't love it when Donny puts him down at night. Not sure why. Any other time of the day, and he doesn't care who puts him down. The nighttime, however, he wants Mommy for those finals kisses and cuddles (and I'm not complaining). I wake him up around 10 for his dream feed. Then right back to sleep. It's funny - I feel like we are still on a newborn schedule eating every three hours...but it is working for us right now.

He started eating avocado once/day soon after he turned 7 months on the 2nd of August. Next up is homemade rice cereal. I have made a lot of Hunter and Millie's veggies and fruits in the past, but I have never done the cereal myself. We'll see how that goes.

Now...back to the dreamy stuff.

Will really has my heart. I melt with each smile, giggle and sigh as he drifts off to sleep.

7 months old. I'm already mourning the end of his baby year. I will hold on to it for as long as I can and enjoy these moments.

Sleep tight, sweet Will.
Sucking his big toe - a very common thing these days

On a trip to the beach a few weeks ago.
My try at making a pic look cool and artsy.

How can I not melt looking at that smile?
Ah, this boy. Pardon me while I melt.