Don’t Wait!

I’m so glad we lowered Mila’s crib last month, (February 28th, really – at 7 and a half months). We didn’t want an accident and with her moving around so much and it was just a matter of time before she figured out how to sit up on her own or pull herself up and out of the crib entirely.

This morning, as is our typical routine, I got out of the shower and went into my room to dress. Mila is usually asleep still, and this morning I saw her on the monitor wake up and begin to move around. She wasn’t fussing, just moving around on her belly. I watched her as she sat herself up, (oh my goodness – that’s a first!!), leaned over, grabbed a stuffed bunny and stuck it in her mouth. She sat there, (as I sat in the other room watching), playing and talking to herself and waving to the dim and quiet room. I thought it was so cute I couldn’t tear myself away from the monitor to get ready!

When I was ready, I went into her room to get her ready. She still wasn’t crying or fussing at all – just sitting there playing. This is what I found:

My good little girl…

Sleepyhead

Mila’s 8 and a half months-old now.

Breaking The Habit

Mila never really wanted to be in our bedroom and for that, I’m thankful. At about 2 weeks-old, Mila fussed until I moved her from the little cradle next to my side of the bed into her crib. Once in her crib, she gave me no problems. I think it goes back to her not liking to be strapped or confined into anything. Either way, I’m happy that wasn’t a problem. Getting her to sleep, on the other hand…

It’s been one week since I started an attempt at breaking Mila of her sleeping habits. She’s used to getting a bath, a bottle and then being rocked to sleep before she goes into her crib. Her naps are sporadic and are usually on the couch or on us. Now that Mila rolls over very easily, we can’t just lay her on the couch and walk away.

I’ve written about it briefly before: Mila doesn’t like to nap, especially in her crib. Since last Saturday, (March 25), I’ve been trying to get her to nap in her crib or in the pack n play downstairs.

Licking the pack n play. Guess it's better than screaming!

I’ve also been trying to get her to sleep at night without rocking her. I don’t want a 7-year-old that I still have to rock to sleep!

So, I read an article about breaking sleeping habits and decided to put it to the test. First, and foremost, I had a lot of convincing to do to get my husband on the same page. His biggest offense: holding Mila while she napped. He would spend an hour or more sitting on the couch holding her while she slept. BIG no-no.

Next, I tried the crib for naps. I already have heavy curtains on the window to block the sunlight and I put on her radio, since we usually have this on at nighttime, too. I rocked her just enough to calm her down, then laid her in her crib. She, of course, cried and fussed because it wasn’t bedtime, darn-it! I soothed her for a bit, then left the room.

The hardest part with this tactic is letting her cry. She got hysterical and attempted to climb out of the crib, using her bumpers to lift herself. As a new mother and never having experienced this before, I was a little freaked out.

After 5 minutes, I came back in, soothed her and tried again. This went on so often that I finally gave up and brought her back downstairs.

Mila 1, Mom 0.

That night, I gave Mila her bottle then rocked her for just a bit while I burped her. Once she was good, I put her in her crib. She screamed, I soothed, then after 5 minutes, I left. I let her cry for 5 minutes, then came back in and soothed her. I did this, on the first night, 3 times until she finally fell asleep.

The next night, I did this routine and re-entered her room twice until she fell asleep. On the third night, I didn’t even have to go back in! I didn’t want to jinx this, so I kept the results quiet. As the days went on, I have not had to go back in to calm Mila and in fact, she’s getting to sleep faster and calmed down within 3 or 4 minutes instead of 5. I was shocked. I think she’s just so tired come 8pm that she doesn’t have the energy to fight sleep. She may cry a little after I first leave the room, but she’s asleep after only a minute or two.

Mila 1, Mom 1

On the nap front, however, we’re still working on that. Dan has gotten Mila to nap most often in her pack n play. I’m ok with that. He’s also getting her used to it by letting her play in there. She even fell asleep on her own one day!

I’m excited this is going so well and I really hope I don’t jinx it now!

Mila’s 7 Months & Time is Flying!

February 22, 2012.

 

 

Mila’s got pig-tails! Mila has always had a lot of hair and now it’s long enough to pull up!

 

 

 

 

By 7 months, Mila has started her fifth letter sound.

M: “mmm” turned into “ma”, then “mom” back at 4 and 5 months.

B: “ba-ba” and “bee”. Dad’s been trying to get her to say “binky”

D: “dah”, “da” and “da-da” finally came just before turning 7-months. Dan didn’t believe that Mila had said this previously and when he finally heard it (coming from the back seat of the car while we were driving) he grinned from ear to ear!

K: “Kkkeee”, “keekee”. The second was said in response to me continually saying “kit-ty” while pointing to the cats – Mila loves the kitties.

And at 7 months, 1 week, Mila’s started the “t” sound – “titi” or “tee-tee” has been most often heard.

Watching “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”
before heading out to grandma’s.
February 16, 2011.

Mila has begun to mix all of her new sounds and usually she cries “mama, mummm” when she’s upset and laughs “dada” when she’s happy. I’m not sure how to take it, but I’ll take it. Maybe she sees me as the comforter. Or maybe I’m just a sucker and always come running.

Mila loves to stand and has never liked to be confined. She was only swaddled in the hospital, (which she usually kicked apart) and when she came home, she spent maybe two weeks in zip-up swaddles before she’d had enough. Now that it’s cold out, we have been putting a coat on her and she doesn’t care for it at all. She wants to be free – no socks, no shoes, no coats, nothing!

Mila has taken a trip to grandma and great-grandma’s this month. She has shared her binky and her puff treats with grandma. She’s such a good girl.

Mila has developed a neck (so long rash!) and has begun to whine. She definitely takes after her daddy. By mid-7-months, she has started to squeal consistently…for fun.

We’ve lowered Mila’s crib. It was a sad day of realizing that she’s getting bigger.

Mila tends to wake up in the morning, cry a bit, then occupy herself by playing with her stuffed animals. She’ll find her binky half-way through the night and stick it back in her mouth.

Statistics: coming soon