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Yao Ming ain’t got nothing on Joshua

Joshua’s 6 month well-baby check up was today.

His head circumference is 17 3/4 centimeters–75th percentile.

He weighs 18 lbs, 14.7 oz.–75th percentile.

He is 29 inches tall!!! —he’s off the freaking growth chart for height.

I don’t know where he gets it. Dan isn’t short by any means, and from what I hear Dan’s mom’s family members are unusually tall for Asians.

At any rate, it might be time for me to get interested in basketball.

We’re also supposed to start trying to work harder at getting him to fall asleep on his own. This means a probable change in our bedtime routine. I’m thinking we’ve got to switch up when he gets his bottle so that he doesn’t get it right before bed, but I’m not sure. We’re also supposed to let him fuss for up to 20 minutes before going in to him. And when we go in to him, we’re not supposed to pick him up. We’re only supposed to pat his butt and/or rub his back. And we’re supposed to stay in there for less than a minute.

I’m not sure how well this is going to work. I might need more than just Celexa and Sauvignon Blanc to make it through the next few days.

Y’all pray for me, mmkay?

(And if you have any words of wisdom regarding how to get your baby to sleep through the night, suggestions are always welcome!)

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Sean and Ingrid

Thursday 24th of September 2009

Joshua is adorable! My baby is 7 1/2 months old and a little shrimp. He's only 15.7 pounds. :) If you want to read about our experience with "sleep training", click on the month of July on my blog and there are several posts about it. I agree with the pp in that you will have to figure out what works best for Joshua. All of the books I read gave great tips but I had to use parts of each that worked best for my baby after trial and error. For example, I found that going in to Ethan to soothe him for the minute made him even angrier when we left, so I stopped doing it and he did better. But I also know it helps others. Good luck!

Also, I've been following your blog and as a fellow teacher who also pumped at school. I understand what a huge job it is and how much work it does. I do not have after school responsibilties though and can't imagine how tough that must be. You have done an amazing job of keeping up with it all.


Thursday 24th of September 2009

Around 6 months we stopped immediately picking Holder up if he cried for us. I sent Daddy in to rub his back and soothe him while H was still in the crib, but if that didn't work after 5 or so minutes, Daddy would pick him up. Then if he couldn't get him to sleep after about 15 minutes, I would come in and nurse him, hold him, whatever. At 7 months Holder started STTN on his own. I am not staunchly anti-CIO or staunchly pick your baby up the second they cry. I think you have to see what works for your baby. Some take better to being told, "You're fine," then left to fuss for a bit. Some get more hysterical when you do that. I personally felt that Holder fell into the latter category so I won't let him fuss for more than 15 minutes (and that's a rarity). Mostly he needs something or he won't cry. For example, last night he woke at 2:30, I fed him for 10 minutes, and he was back to sleep until 8am. No matter what you do, good luck! And remember, pediatricians are not baby sleep experts; they're trained in diagnosing and treating illnesses in children. You're the one who knows what's best for your baby. I listen to my pedi but regarding Holder's sleep, I do what I want.

Stephanie Faris

Thursday 24th of September 2009

That would be tough. My sister does that Baby Wise thing with her kids. They don't go in at ALL if the baby cries. I'd say that's good but my niece has severe bedtime issues now and she's almost 5. Although it's possible she would have had those anyway?


Wednesday 23rd of September 2009

That's pretty much exactly what we had to do with Andrew. Hopefully he'll surprise you and be ready for it; Andrew did a lot better than we expected when push came to shove.

You'll probably find that it's even harder on Daddy than it is on you--men are the weaker sex. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

Keep us posted on how it goes, and stay strong! He's ready.

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