Snot

I hate snot and buggies! EWW!! Unfortunately as a mom I guess I am going to have to get use to wiping away these wonderful beauties. When Cooper woke up this morning, his entire left nostril was caked over and closed up with snot. I had the privilege of peeling away the sludge so my poor little boy could breath. After I finished opening his airway, he sneezed. Yep you guessed it, and he blew a huge wet one right on my shirt. I started to nurse him, but he was having a lot of trouble breathing so I thought it was best to get the snot sucker out. So I put some saline solution up his nose and proceeded to suck a ton of yellow snot from his nose. He hates it when I suck the snot out of his nose- you could probably hear his screams two zip codes away. Then of course, later in the day he just has snot running down his nose, which I must wipe unless he wants it ending up all over him.

I cannot wait until Cooper is old enough where I can hand him a tissue and say, “blow your nose!”


More toes please!

Here is a recent video of Cooper enjoying his toes again! If Cooper could talk, I think he would say, “more toes please!”

I have also posted a blog about Alternate Vaccine Schedues on my other blog. Check it out!


Spring

We took Cooper for a stroller walk this evening right before his bedtime. I took along the camera and decided to take some pictures of the trees in bloom. I was not anticipating taking any pictures of Cooper, but as we passed by the green field, I thought to myself- what a great photo op! Happy Spring!


Infant Potty Training

Okay…I know what some of you are thinking…yeah right! Well I use to think the same thing. When I was pregnant a friend of mine lent me a book on infant potty training. I was completely overwhelmed at the thought of trying to implement potty training with a baby who cannot yet walk. So I quickly tossed that idea aside. But then I found out that my good friend and neighbor had taught her son to have a bowl movement on the potty at 4 months old, I was intrigued, but I was convinced that Cooper could never do that. When Cooper was 4 months old, he was still exclusively breastfeed and would poop while I was feeding him. I knew that holding him over the potty was not going to work because I was always feeding him when he decided to go. However, when he was started on solids, Cooper started to go to the bathroom after I feed him. So I thought, heck, why not give it a try.

I did some research and found that you should choose a word to say as they go to the bathroom and use the sign for bathroom. For a month when he was going to the bathroom, I would sit in front of him and make the sign for bathroom while saying the word “potty”. He would still poop in his diaper, but I wanted him to associate the word/ sign with the action he was doing. Then about a week ago a family friend gave me an infant potty seat that fits on top of the toilet. So I decided to see if a month of training had paid off. Last Saturday morning I feed him and then held him on top of his potty seat, made the sign for bathroom, and said the word “potty”. In less than two minutes Cooper pooped on the potty! Chris and I were excited and shocked that it has worked. Well, I was still not convinced that Cooper would actually poop on the potty consistently, but it has been a week and he has only pooped in his diaper once and the rest have been on the potty! I think that is pretty darn good. In fact, I can tell when he needs to go- he starts to squirm and make grunting sounds, but he holds his poop now until I take him to the toilet. Pretty amazing! I think that babies are a lot smart and understand a lot more than we are willing to give them credit for.

Now, I want you all to know that I don’t expect him to hold his pee. That I am waiting to teach him when he gets older. But for now I am happy to not be changing any more smelly poopy diapers!


Sleep Sack Update

Yesterday was not a very good napping day for Cooper. He usually takes 2 naps that are 1.5-2 hours long. Yesterday Cooper took an hour nap in the morning and virtually no nap in the afternoon (besides the 30 minutes he got in his carseat while shopping). I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out why he would not nap. I put him down for his afternoon nap and he refused to fall asleep. I watched him on the video monitor for over an hour just kick his arms and legs about. He fussed and then the fussing turned into screaming. I finally just got him up. He was awake with no nap from 11am- 4pm. Crazy!!! He can usually only make it 2.5 hours before he needs another nap. I thought I was going to loose my mind. He was fussy too!
Then today I put him down for his morning nap. I was watching him on the video monitor. He usually falls asleep rather quickly (within 5 minutes). I had him in his sleep sac. He would start to fall asleep but his arms or legs would jerk and he would startle himself and wake up. It finally dawned on me that his jerking movements were preventing him from sleeping. So, I went in and swaddled him. He was fast asleep in 2 minutes. Weird thing is he sleeps fine at night not swaddled, but the naps seem to require the swaddle. Darn! I thought we were done with swaddling. But if swaddling helps him to nap better during the day, then keeping the swaddle around a little longer is not so bad.


Babble

Cooper is starting to experiment with sounds. The first video is of Cooper’s latest experiments with his voice and lips. The second video is of Cooper saying “mom”. He did this for the first time this evening and I was completely in shock. Who knows if he really has any idea what he is really saying…it is still pretty cool if you ask me!


6 Month Check-up

I took Cooper to the doctors for his 6 month check-up yesterday. Here are his stats:

  • 17.5 lbs (50%ile)
  • 28” (90%ile)
  • 17.5” head circumference (50%ile)

I thought I would also include his new schedule since it changed when he turned 6 months old.

  • 7:00 milk & breakfast*
  • 9:00/9:30 nap
  • 11:00/11:30 milk & lunch*
  • 2:00/2:30 nap
  • 3:30/4:00 milk (snack)
  • 5:30 dinner
  • 6:30 bath & milk
  • 7:00 bed

* I wait 15-30 minutes inbetween milk and solid food. This helps Cooper eat better.


Transition to a Sleep Sack

We did it!!! Cooper is no longer being swaddled for his naps and nightime sleep. I think that he handled the transition well. The first night we put him in the sleep sac he awoke 4-5 times but quickly went back to sleep. The next night he woke even less. Then last night, Cooper did not wake up at all! His naps seem to be going well too! I am glad to be done with the swaddle. I don’t have to worry about him coming out of his blankets and having to reswaddle him in the middle of the night. I feel like we have left the “newborn” stage. He’s growing up!


Video Monitor & Sleep Sacks

Chris and I have a baby video monitor so we can sneak a peak at Cooper while he is sleeping. It has really come in handy when Cooper wakes in the middle of the night. We can see if he is alright without having to disturb him by going into his room. Once we go into his room he usually has a hard time settling down again so this device is great for keeping us out of his room unless he really needs us.

Early this morning around 5am Cooper woke up and started to fuss. I turned on the video monitor and saw Cooper wiggling about. We still swaddle him but leave one arm out. He was trying to wiggle his other arm out and was thrashing his legs and body about. Then he started to lift up the right side of his body. Before you knew it, Cooper was laying on his left side… and then… he had tipped over on this is tummy. He has never rolled from his back to his tummy. I was amazed.! However, because he is swaddled his right arm was pinned underneath him and I am sure he was not very uncomfortable. He started to fuss┬álouder. So Mommy came to the rescue. I turned him over and reswaddled him to go back to sleep. It took him 30 minutes to fall back to sleep, but thankfully he did fall back to sleep!

I say all this because I think it’s time to wean Cooper of his swaddle completely. Now that he can flip himself over, I think it is dangerous for him to have his arm held down in his blanket. Chris and I decided this morning to move him to a sleep sack. I am a little worried that Cooper will not sleep well if we don’t swaddle his one arm. I will give you all an update on Monday as to how Cooper handled his new sleeping blanket! Wish us luck!!!


Cooper’s Schedules

I thought it might be interesting to post the schedules that I have kept with Cooper. Prior to 11 weeks old, I tried to have him on a schedule, but he was a chronic 45 minute napper and hit so many growth spurts that it is not really worth me typing out his schedule prior to week 11.

Three books I recommend reading if you are interested in developing a schedule for you child are: Baby Wise, The Baby Whisperer Solves all your problem, and Good Night Sleep Tight. Click on the title to read more about each book.

I typed these schedules out for a good friend of mine, but I thought other people might benefit from them…So here you go:

Three Hour Schedule
11-18 weeks old (Then Cooper got sick and had colic issues from week 14-18 so the schedule stayed the same, but we had some issues)

*** I should also add that Cooper would wake 45 minutes into a nap and cry for 5-15 minutes before falling back to sleep to complete his nap. This continue until he was 4 months old***

8:00 Feed
9:30-10:30/11:00 Nap – if Cooper woke early, I would just entertain him until at least 10:30 or 11:00 and then feed him

11:00 Feed
12:30-2:00 Nap

2:00 Feed
3:30-5:00 Nap

5:00 Feed
6:30-7:15 Cat Nap

7:30 Feed
9:00-10:30 Nap/ Nighttime sleep

10:30 Feed & Put right back to Bed for nighttime sleep

Cooper woke between 4:00 or 6:00 am for a short feeding. He stopped waking up in the early morning hours around 19/20/21 weeks old. Just thought you might want to know this. I stopped feeding him at 18 weeks old in the early morning hours. It was a weaning process. I would only allow him to feed for a few minutes each morning, until we were down to just a minute total. Then I started to let him cry it out. It took until he was 21 weeks old when he no longer cried at the early morning hour consistently.

4 Month Schedule
(3.5/4 hours)
7:00 Feed
8:30-10:30 Nap

10:30 Feed
12:30-2:30 Nap

2:30 Feed
4:30-6:30 Nap *** He stopped taking a good nap here at around 20 weeks old so I began to shorten it to a cat nap

6:30 Feed
9:00 Feed
9:15/ 9:30 Bed

5 Months Schedule #1
Starting around 21- 22 weeks

7:00 Feed (milk & solids)
8:30- 10:30 Nap (he could only stay up 1.5 hours in the am)

11:00 Feed (milk & solids)
1:00- 3:00 Nap

3:00 Feed (milk only)
5:00-5:45 Cat Nap

5:45 Feed (solids only)
8:30 Feed (milk only)
9:00 Bed

5 Months Schedule #2
Starting around 23 weeks to current

7:00 Feed (milk & solids)
9:00-11:00 Nap

11:00 Feed (milk & solids)
1:00- 3:00 Nap

3:00 Feed (milk only)
5:00-5:45 Cat Nap

5:45 Feed (solids only)
7:45 Feed (milk only)
8:00 Bed

6 Month Schedule

7:00 milk & solids
9:00 nap

11:30 milk & solids
2:00/2:30 nap

3:30/4:00 milk
5:30 solids
6:30 bath & milk
7:00 bed

I wait 15-30 minutes in between milk and solid food. This helps Cooper eat better.
Nap= 1.5-2 hours each
Morning wake time is 2 hours, afternoon wake time is 3 hours

7 Months Schedule

7:00 milk & solids
9:00 nap

11:30 milk & solids
2:00/2:30 milk** & nap

3:30/4:00 snack (Gerber puffs 10-20 pieces)
5:00 solids
6:30 bath & milk
7:00 bed

I wait 15-30 minutes in between milk and solid food. This helps Cooper eat better.
Nap= 1.5-2 hours each
Morning wake time is 2 hours, afternoon wake time is 3 hours
** I started to breastfeed Cooper before his nap because he was waking early out of his naps from hunger. This solved the early waking from his nap.