Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Happy 1st Birthday baby!

I can hardly believe that you are already a year old. The months since our trip to England have just flown by you are now walking - no running around and into everything you little devil, you are now giving high fives, clapping and have 2 words. Dada and up. Why does dad get all the glory??

Since our trip to Tresillian you have been sleeping through most nights -
We still get some very early morning wake ups like this morning when you thought it was acceptable to be up at 4.30 - errr no that's not going to work... But most nights you are pretty good now. Hurrah! Mummy is finally getting some sleep.

We had a fab day on your birthday. You, me and Sienna went to a fun day at wahroonga park and despite the ran we enjoyed the balloons, craft and bubbles they had set up for kids that day. You enjoyed a small cupcake which me and Sienna made in honour of your special day. When we returned home daddy joined us for an afternoon of fun at softplay and before we knew it the day was over... 
On Sunday we held a Halloween themed party which I think was more for your sister than you as I know you won't remember any of it. Oh well we will have these fun photos to show you and this funny story to tell you...

So the night before your party we were all running around cleaning and tidying up and you were running about outside. I'd changed you once and then you did another number 2 so I told daddy it was his turn to change you - he thought that he would give you some nappy free time outside as he didn't think it was possible you could have any more poo. So you were happily playing in the cubby house 
When I hear a quick quick plea for help. When I arrived you were smeared all over you hands face and mouth in what we quickly realised was you own poo!!! Gross! I was almost sick trying to clean you up. It was straight in the shower!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

The great escape

Well what a dramatic end to sleep school. About an hour and. A half after you had gone to bed the nurse came and woke me up and said - I think William is unwell he keeps coughing and it sounds like it could be croup. So we went in your room to check on you and having had repeated croup incidences with her kids she said yep... It's croup lets get you off to hospital as we can't treat you hear. So they packed us off in an ambulance. When we got there they have you a dose of steroids and then said right try and get some sleep. Try as I might it was so bright on the ward and there was so much noise you were having none of it! So whilst you flirted with all the nurses I went for a walk and organised a taxi home. 

We got home at 2am and you were wired from the drugs they had given you but I managed to get you to sleep for a few hours. I was so dos-appointed I wanted to cry as I thought all the progress we had made at sleep school was ruined! Your day naps were hard to settle you for and I thought we were in for a rough night. But, I stuck to the plan and at 6.30 you looked exhausted so we had quiet wind down time and then I put you down to bed at 6.45.... And didn't hear from you again until 5.45!!!! You did it. For the first time ever you slept through the night. I am over the moon!

You have showed even more improvements over the last 2 nights. The clocks went forward on Saturday so you still woke up at 4am but I didn't feed you and after an hour you went back to sleep for another hour. I am now sat in bed writing this as you woke me up at 5am but after 5 mins of moaning you have turned over and gone back to sleep. Last night when I put you to sleep you didn't even cry.

I know we will have good days and bad days but I am over the moon. I can't believe how much progress we have made in just a week! I am so proud of you! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A night of two halves

Well after settling down to sleep beautifully in under 2 minutes you slept perfectly until 4am and I genuinely didn't know what to do. I felt as though you had done so well to get to 4am (plus you didn't eat much dinner) so I felt as though you deserved some sort of reward. So I fed you but after your feed you were then wide awake and ready to party.

I was deviated that our day was going to start at 4am... It was going to be a long day but Katherine the nurse with me insisted that you needed to learn to stay in your cot until a more reasonable hour. So, we pushed through. Lots of in and out and shushing and patting and finally and unexpectedly you have in at 5.35 and went back to sleep until 7.10! Hurrah - not sure we could achieve that at home with your noisy sister but at least I know you can be resettled in the early hours. 

Not much for brekkie today just 3/4 of a mandarin. I decided to skip morning and afternoon tea for you today as I think we're filling you up too much and then you don't want tea...

Anyway morning and afternoon sleeps worked perfectly you self settled in under 10 minutes each time and I really think our little walk and chat before you go to sleep are helping you to unwind before sleep so that it definitely something I will 
need to continue on with. 

This evening I was feeling very confident and as I laid you down and left the room there was barely a murmur- awesome I thought we had cracked it. All was fine for ten minutes and you were asleep. 
Just as you must have been drifting off Alexis went to bed and screamed blood curling screams and suddenly you were wide awake and screaming. I left you for a while but your screams got louder and more persistent. I tried just laying you down and shushing you twice and left the room quite quickly. On the third time I laid my hands on you and stayed with you a little while as you were clearly becoming distressed. New plan is to not feed you at 4am but to try and push you till at least 4.30 and continue to do this for at least a few days until 4.30 becomes 5 and eventually 5.30 and then it's acceptable to wake up because let's face it anything with beginning with a 4 as a wake up is just offensive. 

You have really charmed all the ladies here and a few of them have asked if they can take you home as they think you are adorable. You definitely have charm and I think this will get you far in life!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Day three

Well I was both happy and disappointed with last nights efforts. Firstly you self settled in three minutes which was phenomenal and you slept all the way till 3.30 before waking so I was super happy about that. But, 3.30 till 4.45 was hard work. First I tried just staying in the room and shushing you. Then we tried leaving you for a bit. It was in and out for over an hour with hands on, hands off techniques and patting but eventually me and the nurse both agreed that you were a determined little fella and we could carry on like that all night and risk having you grumpy and out of sorts or I could feed you and try and squeeze in another hour. So I fed you and you easily fell back asleep for another. 

So we were up bright and breezy at 6am after your early morning snack you weren't that hungry for breakfast so we pottered about a bit and went for a little stroll before returning for your morning sleep. 

After leaving the room there were the usual angry protests and after 5 minutes it didn't seem as though you were calming down so I re entered the room. Laid you down shushed you and told you to go to sleep and left. A couple more minutes of angry cries until you were almost quiet but we all heard you talking to yourself, firstly almost laughing then jabbering then almost humming. I know when you reach this stage you are almost there so we left you a few more minutes and then silence! You were asleep! Hurrah. So 15 minutes this morning and you self settled.  Only a short sleep this morning of 45 minutes so hopefully you can sleep a bit longer this afternoon...

The midwifes have all agreed you are such a busy little boy that it takes you a bit longer to calm down so we need to take extra measures to get you there before we put you to bed so this afternoon I carried you in arms around the gardens and sang to you whilst we looked at the plants and listened to the birds and we did this for 10 minutes before a quick story and off to bed. First five minutes were very angry and cross cries so I came back to the room laid you down and shushed you before leaving the room. After leaving you for a short time I still didn't think you were calming down but when i poked my head in the room you were still lying down so I knew you weren't far from sleep. After some more verbal direction to lie down and sleep I left. I was expecting uproar but after two angry shouts there was complete silence. I waited.... And waited expecting you to start up but again you have self settled... So we are making some great progress as normally you never go to sleep without me in the room. 

If I could push your 4am sleep back to 5am then I'd be perfectly happy - I guess with daylight saving starting on Sunday maybe we will be able to achieve that goal. 

Here's hoping for a rested afternoon and good nights sleep!

It's been a strange afternoon, you had a good hour and a half sleep but you woke up on the wrong side of bed I think. It was all fine when daddy and Sienna came to visit and we took you to the park and ran around but as soon as we got back you were miserable. You didn't eat any dinner and we're basically miserable so I decided to put you to bed early. You had a nice warm bath which you pooed in, quick story and then off to bed. Cuddles, kisses and straight into bed. You barely even protested and you was asleep in 2 mins. I hope this doesn't mean we're in for a rough night though!!! You and your two little friends have done so well. You all self settled to sleep in under 10 minutes tonight. Eloise has slept through both nights, Alexis slept through last night so tonight is your turn... One can only hope! 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Round Two

Well last night went pretty well all things considered - we tried to put you all to bed at roughly the same time. There was lots of screaming and yelling I was surprised any of you managed to sleep but eventually you all gave in. I left the room gave it a few minutes and had to return and do some shushing and patting of the mattress but after a few minutes you were asleep.

Apparently you woke shortly after midnight but after a few whinges you were back asleep. It can't have been that serious as I didn't even hear you! At 2.30 we had a bad wake up - after more shushing and patting of the mattress you were asleep in 10 minutes. However, you didn't stay asleep after 10 minutes you were awake again so I stood outside your room and prayed! Alas my prayers were not answered. Time to intervene... Tried the shushing and mattress patting again but you were having none of it. In the end I resorted to patting your back to sleep which I know works (a last resort but the midwives said to take it easy on you with this being your first night). So I tried stopping the patting sooner but you quickly cottoned on to that and wasn't very happy about it either. So I left the room for 30 second intervals in between patting you to see if you appreciated me actually being there?! Eventually at 3.45 you have in and went back to sleep. So, one small step was that last night we eliminated your 4am feed. You slept right through to 5.30 and I think you may have even gone longer but sadly it was like a domino effect the first baby woke at 5.15 and woke our neighbour who in turn woke you. But you were very smiley on waking and didn't even seem hungry so I think you are purely breastfeeding for comfort rather than need at 4am. 

 Round 2 - or day 2
This meant you were much hungrier for breakfast which was great. We have also moved your bottle feeds much closer to when you have your meals so that you completely dis-associate milk with sleep.

 I was surprised that even after a big breakfast you still managed a whole bottle of milk - 210mls which you never normally have. So on to your morning. You were very busy and active showing no signs of being tired even though you had been awake for 4 1/2 hours. So, I gave it a shot anyway. A few quick cuddles a kiss and into bed you went and out the door I went. 9.55am in bed 10.05am asleep!! You self settled completely, what a champion, and you are still asleep after an hour. Only problem now is that the doctor is here and as part of the routine you have to see a doctor to make sure you are fit and healthy enough to complete the program. So shock horror I am going to have to wake you...

You still managed to have an hours sleep this morning even though you were a bit cranky about being woken. After our check up with the paediatrician, some lunch and a few hours more play it was right back to business. I think the only fail we had was that I was trying to get you to sleep to early as I had a class to attend. Well, we gave it our best shot after quick cuddles you were down in the cot and mummy was out the door. Lots of yelling and protest and you wouldn't calm till I was in the room. Took about 25 mins of me in and out the room until finally you gave in and let me just shush and talk to you from the door. Another 1.5 hour nap so you managed to transition through sleep cycles without waking!

This evening was a whole different story. After your bath you were clearly getting tired at 6.30 so after a bottle, quick story and cuddle I put you straight to bed. After 3 mins of whimpering you were asleep. I have everything crossed that you will do well tonight!!! 

Sleep school

Day 1 - Monday

We arrived nice and early and you have charmed all the nurses here with your lovely blue eyes and cheeky smiles. Your first nap at 10am we settled you in nice and gently after putting you down in the cot and leaving the room you were pretty unhappy so I had to stay in the room whilst you fell asleep, just shushing you. Sadly you only slept for 30 mins and after several unsuccessful attempts to resettle you we got you up and out of the cot. So, our plan for the week is to cut out your 4am morning feed, and try and get you self settling and sleeping better. Your afternoon sleep I laid you down to sleep at 2.20 gave you a kiss and left the room. You clearly weren't happy about it but you didn't scream for too long. You chatted away angrily and cried a little but after 5 minutes you were almost quiet. Sadly we are stuck next door to a screamer so could prove interesting for the week ahead. So, there was a further 5 minutes of whimpering before finally silence. You slept for one sleep cycle (roughly 45 minutes) and then I had to gently pat you for a few minutes until you were sound asleep again for another 40 minutes. When you woke up at 4 we went for a lovely stroll to the shops.

There are 4 babies in this unit so we will see whether you all keep each other awake. Currently you are all sound asleep....


Battle 2 commences... We started out well after kisses and cuddles I laid you down in the cot and for a minute of two it didn't sound like you were going to protest at all. Your cries went up and down and petered out until finally you ramped things up so I laid you down and shushed you a few times and in 5 minutes you were asleep... Or so I thought - I left the room and you were quiet for about 5 minutes and then another baby was trying to go to sleep and we had to start all over again. After leaving you for 10 minutes I laid you back down and gently patted the mattress instead of you, until finally after 5 minutes you gave in.... Let's see what awaits us the rest of the night!