This is Natalie's favorite hang out lately: standing on this particular side of the exersaucer. She likes practicing her standing and balance anywhere, but spends more time here than anywhere else.
|her favorite thing about this box is dumping everything |
out and then trying to find an angle that lets her chew on it
|Natalie likes to help me practice|
|the face she makes when she says |
|she loves her kitty : )|
ALSO: We were pretty tired of having to rock Natalie to sleep and pace her room before bed every night, and then walk on eggshells for the next critical five minutes that would tell if she was asleep or needing more rocking. It was time to try something new, so we took the suggestion of a baby sleeping book and did her bedtime routine, put her in bed, and left. Then we went in every five minutes to re-bink and give a little love pat before we went back out and let her whine to her bed. It was awful - I felt like I was in mommy hell and I know Austin wasn't jumping for joy either. BUT, after 33 hard minutes she fell quiet, and was sleeping peacefully when we went in to check. The book said that if you did this every night, your baby would be falling asleep by herself in a week, so we were not looking forward to six more nights of a sad girl. Lo and behold, she figured it out the very next night! We didn't have to go in once. It was jammies, lotion, book, songs, milk, bed without a single issue. Don't worry - it wasn't just a one-night thing, either, because she's been golden ever since and we are REJOICING. It's like clockwork now: 7:50 comes around and we are one bedtime routine away from quiet for the rest of the night. Hallelujah! The kicker? She's been incorporating this into naptimes too! We tried to rock her for the next couple of naps, and she was just not having it, so finally we just set her down and let her do her own deal and boom, down, asleep. Miracles do happen. (AND, she hasn't protested about not nursing at bedtime, so she's just our little rock star!)
|"look Jess, she has your bum!"|