I must say that I think we have the easiest three month old ever. Seriously, we’re in such a good place with baby Mason right now, I can’t even begin to tell you. He’s SUCH a laid back baby! Thank God, right? With a crazy toddler running around and me yelling lovely tid bits like “Parker! Don’t stick your hand in the diaper pail! Poopy! Yuck!” who has the time for a demanding infant? This baby hardly ever cries, sleeps well, and when he’s awake loves to coo and smile.
This is such a difference from the way Parker was as an infant. He had horrible gas pains and crankiness quite a bit his first six months of life. Not only that, but I learned all too quickly with Parker that forcing a scheduling (especially while breastfeeding) and going all baby wise (or even baby whisperer) too literally on your baby…sometimes isn’t very wise at all. I have flashbacks of me doing the shhh-pat method until my chapped lips couldn’t take another shh…and my back ached from leaning into the crib. It would frustrate me to tears why everyone else could get their baby to nap an hour and a half on, and hour and a half off… and I couldn’t! What the heck was wrong with my baby!? Turns out there was nothing wrong with my child. It so happened that he was an awesome evening sleeper, but just didn’t want much to do with his naps. Period. The problem was me. I was a neurotic first time Mom, obsessed with having everything perfect and went a little overboard. Fortunately, Parker wasn’t scarred. Some may even argue that something must’ve gone right because he’s an awesome sleeper now (for both naps and bedtime), and he’s such the friendly happy kid, but I can’t help but think I could’ve saved myself a ton of aggravation if I would’ve just chucked the baby books in the trash, and just listened to my own intuition a little more.
So, we decided with Mason that I would be a little more laid back about the whole scheduling/sleep training. We all know that it comes in due time. They’re only little for a short period of time. However, with all that said. I still love structure. And if there is any baby in the world that is cut out for a schedule, then it’s Mason. This kid is SO predictable. Starting around 10 weeks he started developing a pattern. I started to follow his cues, and now his typical day looks like this:
9:30- He gives me the tired signals and I put him in his crib. He goes right to sleep
11- Nursing session
12:30- Snoozaroo in his crib (conveniently the same time I put Parker down. Parker turns on Mason’s sound machine and YELLS “NYE NYE MAYMAY”!)
2pm- I hear him shuffle in his crib…I go in to nurse him before he wakes big bro up
3:30- Starts to stare off into space with droopy eyes and I put him in his crib to nap
6:30- Cat nap in his swing
7:30- bath and bedtime nursing session
Then he wakes up one or two times a night. Even if it’s twice, I don’t fret. I’m figuring that he probably didn’t take much milk in during the day, and needs the extra. Or maybe my boobs weren’t producing that much, and he needs to catch up. I could over analyze it, but at this stage, I’m comfortable with just meeting his needs. He’s SUCH an easy baby, if I have to wake up one extra time to feed him, then I’ll just make it up with a nap during the day. Something tells me that he’s going to be a great sleeper, and that all of this is just temporary. I just want to love on him as much as I can, because he is growing WAY too stinkin’ fast for my liking. Last week he rolled from back to belly (he already learned belly to back around 8 weeks), so I had to stop swaddling him. When we transitioned Parker from the swaddle, it was HELL day and night for a week. He would wake up and smack himself in the face, and cry for an hour because of it. Mason on the other hand LOVES having his arms free. I’ll check the video monitor, and he’ll have his arms spread eagle or he’ll be curled up on his side, totally digging his new found freedom.
You know another thing Mason is awesome at? Eating. It probably comes as no surprise that this chunker can EAT. You would think my boobs make chocolate milkshakes the way that boy can put away a nursing session. No pumped bottles, no formula, …just the good ol’ fashion breastfeeding. His weight certainly shows it too. He’s in the 16lb range and wearing 6-9 month clothing. Parker just wasn’t that much of an eater. Part of it had to do with the problems with yeast I had during the first few months of breastfeeding, but even after all that cleared up, he was just much more interested in playing and exploring.
Many Moms that have gone through the first year of life with their infant knows, that there are good seasons and not so good seasons. It’s forever changing. Just when you think you’re in a good place, you move on to the next, more seemingly impossible and challenging phase. So, I am going to enjoy this good place that I’m in with Mason right now, because who knows what the next daunting challenge will be.