Monday, July 23, 2012

Quality Time

As I go along this route of parenthood I keep thinking I have it figured out. Only briefly, however, because as soon as that thought crosses my mind I get slapped in the face with reality. The biggest culprit of this false consistency is Nathan's sleep schedule. As with any growing baby, it is changing every few weeks/months/days sometimes. Even after 10 months of this (He's already 10 months old holy cow) I still keep thinking that his sleep schedule will stay the same for any extended amount of time. Nope!

Luckily, in my attempts at consistency, I have been pushing him in the right direction. And if nothing else, his bedtime/naptime routine can be the same activities, if at different times.

Nathan's new baby jail

What I've particularly enjoyed is doing our meals together. I had gotten into the habit of giving Nathan food while I would prepare my own, just to distract him while keeping him in my site. Now I bought a giant playpen and he is safe and in eye-shot while I am in the kitchen, so that is no longer necessary! Jason, Nathan and I all sat down for our meal yesterday, and Nathan loved it! It was the first time he didn't start whining before the end of his food time. We have been eating together ever since. Highly recommended! I wish I had started sooner. This morning, instead of preparing part of my breakfast, inhaling it, then going over to play with Nathan while my coffee got cold and forgetting about the yogurt sitting on the counter; I prepared all of our food, set it all up at the table, and just sat and ate it all at once while feeding Nathan! I actually got to relax and drink my coffee! I had begun to think that would be impossible.

Nathan and Daddy!

About a week ago we bought a little bathroom stool for Nathan. It was to encourage him to push up onto his feet and maybe get him to stand up eventually. Instead, he loved to flip it over immediately. Typical! But, a couple days ago he started pushing up and was practically standing! Then, yesterday, he pulled himself all the way up with the couch as support. He did it all day long and was as excited as we were. Today he nearly gave me a heart attack because he pulled himself up and then let go of the support while flailing around. Sheesh! I snagged him immediately, but next time I will just be ready and let him try all he wants. I get paranoid when he's wearing socks and on the slippery hard wood floors.

Nathan and Mommy!

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