|137 :: it's been wonderful.
||[Aug. 7th, 2010|09:51 pm]
we had a really great long weekend. it started on friday when we headed to chilliwak, then followed by abbotsford on the saturday, for a big robak get-together. jaxon finally got to meet a ton of his relatives that he hadn't yet. he got spoiled with attention. we had a really nice afternoon at randy&jane's and a great time chatting with family. some that we hadn't seen in years.
we left abbotsford and headed to port moody that evening. we stayed the weekend at james&kinga's place. we love seeing them. it was especially nice since we got to see their daughter for the first time in forever. she's grown up so much and is walking and chatting and such a fun, energetic little girl. it was hugely entertaining watching her interact with jaxon, who was getting much to close to her toys for comfort. we spent the early part of sunday with james&kinga and meeting some of their friends. then we headed to the aquarium, quite confident that jaxon would be so enthralled we'd have a hard time getting him to leave. has he liked it, but not nearly as much as we had anticipated based on how much he loved the aquariums at the calgary zoo. the dolphin show kind of freaked him out and he got splashed in the face when we, foolishly, attempted to take him into a 4d movie. but he enjoyed seeing the fish and crawling around the kid center. after spending a few hours there we met up with justin, kate, ryan o' and his new girlfriend angie, for dinner. jaxon was passed around and enjoyed and behaved really well considering he was super tired and stuck in a high chair for a good portion of the time.
the next morning we left for home. we decided it was important that we stop at dinotown. since it was on the way, it was closing in september for good, and ryan had been there when he was very young and remembered the amazing place it was. i'm sure back in it's flinstone glory it was a terrific park. now that the new, generic dinosaurs have moved in , however, it was not quite so fantastic. we managed to spend a good amount of time there, though. we took jaxon in a bunch of the cars and on the dinosaur figures. we stuck him in a baby bouncy castle that he got to himself and had a difficult time convincing him to come out. he loved being able to fall over and not hurt himself. he also experienced a swing for the first time. he was so happy in it. he wouldn't stop smiling.
jaxon managed to sleep the entire three hours home after that.
this week has been dedicated to getting jaxon to learn how to sleep in his crib for naps and to go down for bed before 10:30. everybody i'd talked to said they used the cry it out method and that after a couple weeks their kids were good to go down on their own just fine. on tuesday i made it my plan to try that too. no good. jaxon managed to scream without ceasing for four hours. and my random check-ins just made him more furious. i finally gave up and took him out, assuming that after four hours of screaming he'd have to be hungry. i fed him his lunch and the instant i'd turned around to rinse out his dishes, he'd fallen fast asleep in his high chair. that baby.
when jaxon was about a month or two old my doctor recommended me a book that she said would be a life saver to me. for some reason i have not yet forgiven myself for i never went and got it. it's all about routine. not scheduling. it's more based on your babies cues and such for when he's hungry and tired, but how to make those times be generally the same every day. if that makes sense. it also doesn't believe in the cry it out method. which i don't either now, for jaxon, because it just doesn't work at all for him. he obviously feels some sort of anxiety or something when he's left alone. if i had read this book and learned what to do for a newborn baby, i wouldn't be having to do the frustrating method i'm left with now. for babies over four months that have not been in a routine before, and who don't sleep in their cribs at all or well, it's the "pick up, put down" method. basically you stand at their crib and if they cry, you pick them up. soothe them. the second they stop crying you put them back down. keep your hand on their back. but if they start crying again you pick them back up. and it pretty much continues in this back breaking cycle until they fall asleep. it's a lot of work and requires a significant amount more patience than i generally tend to have. but it works amazingly well. it teaches baby that you're there if he needs you, but that he has to go to sleep in his own bed. it's taken a different amount of time each attempt, from fifteen minutes to over an hour, but jaxon has not slept outside of his crib since we've been home. and as a result, i've had a lot more me time. and it's been wonderful.
any moms with new babies or who are having troubles with their babies sleep schedule, GET THIS BOOK. it's called "the baby whisperer" and it's by tracy hogg.
james and kinga let us borrow this fisher price walker toy to help teach jaxon how to walk. he loves playing with it, but it goes really fast on our hardwood floors. he mostly just walks really fast on his knees with it. instead he uses our high chair, which being heavier moves slower, as a walker and does really well at walking around the living room that way.
his favourite toys right now are books. any kind of book. he can be surrounded by all his flashy, bright, noise making toys, but he'll choose a book over any of them. and he listens so intently when you read one to him. as long as there's not too many words on a page, otherwise he'll interrupt you by trying to turn the page. my baby is brilliant.
now if he'd just give in and go to sleep...