Friday, July 10, 2015

Iceland!

We are now at our second stop in Iceland. Reykjavic was nice, but I am glad to be out of the city. It was just so difficult with Max. It is a nice and very clean city. Buses run on time, lots of people speak English and everyone was very friendly.

We stayed at the Hilton, but it was somewhat outside of the center of town. So we had to take a bus to the main train station, and then another bus to get wherever we needed to go. Which, if it was just me and Charlie, would not be a big deal. But if we got moving as soon as Max got up, it was about 30-60 minutes before we got to wherever we needed to go. So, it was a challenge. We did not see very much. We went to one museum. Ate some good Thai food, got some Greek food, and took some pictures of the church, though we did not get there with enough time to go inside. Max struggled sleeping at night, but the curtains were not blackout ones, and it never really gets dark, so I think that was difficult for him.

Today we picked up our car and took off for Stykkisholmur. The scenery on the trip was beautiful. Max cried for a good 30 minutes and then slept for 35. But then we got here. It is amazing. The hotel is perfect. A little tiny room with blackout curtains, lots of fluffy bedding, and a pack 'n' play in the corner for my baby to sleep in. A little tiny bathroom, and only a few floors so we can sit in the lobby while he naps and use our baby monitor to listen to him. Which is better for all of us. And there are several restaurants within easy walking distance so we can go eat and then come right back if he needs to.

Tomorrow we are hoping to explore Snaefellsjokull National Park and take a hike along the coast from Hellnar to Arnarstapi. We will see what Max thinks. But he is already in a much better mood since we got here. Charlie said he thinks Max thinks we're back in Nebraska, which is why he's so happy, I don't know :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Six Months

My little boy is six months old now. Hard to believe sometimes, but then I think about all the life ahead of him and it seems like this time is so short an insignificant to him. But it means a great deal to me. He has changed me in a way that I don't think I could put into words if I tried.

He's down to waking up twice during the night. So we are making progress, albeit slow. He is eating solid food, and as long as there is applesauce and/or pears involved, he will eat almost anything. He's sitting up now, but still topples over if he gets too excited about something or tries to reach for something. He loves to bounce. He could bounce all day I think.

He's got two little teeth coming in on the bottom. And they really haven't seemed to bother him. They are getting sharp, so we have to be careful when we let him chew on our fingers now.

We drove all the way to Ohio and back with him and he really was good as gold. As good as anyone could expect a six month old baby to be in the car for 16 hours over two days.

We're leaving for Iceland in three weeks. I am interested to see how the trip will go and how different it will be traveling with him. It will be different for sure, but I'm hoping it is still enjoyable and fun. I think it will be.

Sigh. I'm sure we will be celebrating his 1st birthday before I even know what is happening.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sleeping

Sigh. This is something Max struggles with. Something he has struggled with since he emerged from his newborn slumber. Charlie and I have read every blog post, article, and discussion board online about it, and Max still struggles.

Don't get me wrong. He is doing much better than he was. We started sleep training early - around 10 weeks. We focused on nighttime sleep first. And now, at 4 months old, he goes to bed between 5:30 and 6:30 at night. He is up at 8:30-9:30, 12:30-1:30 and 3:30-4:30 to eat. He gets a 4-6oz bottle and goes right back to sleep. So he is not "sleeping through the night" per se, but it is tolerable, and I'm confident he will get there.

Naps took us longer. He still struggles with naps. He was getting better, then he got sick and he's struggling again. He did great yesterday. Less great today, but is asleep right now and has been for about an hour, so that is good.

I've read a few books on sleeping, and though I think anything should be taken with a grain of salt, because only you know your baby and what will work, "Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child" is by far my favorite.

I started reading the chapter on sleeping during months 5-12 today, and I thought there were some good tidbits that I wish more parents had someone say to them out loud.

"Leaving your baby alone protesting for more fun with you while you get dressed is not the same thing as abandonment. Similarly, leaving your baby alone protesting for more fun when she needs to sleep is not neglect."

"Easy babies may cry very little or not at all; the temperamentally more difficult child may cry a lot. Remember, you are responding sensitively to his need to sleep by not providing too much attention You are decisive in establishing a routine because you are upholding his right to sleep. Be calm and firm and consistent, because consistency helps your baby learn rapidly."

And they tell us not to let him cry for more than an hour at naps, in order not to mess up his other nap times. So at least we were doing that right :)

And he's crying now, so it's probably about time to go get him. But this nap was an hour, so we can put that under the category of a "good nap" ;)