We’re both learning

It has been a big week on the learning front.

For Oscar and for me.

To be honest, I’m so exhausted right now so this entry will be in bullet point form to save my tired brain from having to string together proper sentences.

Things Oscar has learnt:

  • He can now sit up independently and move from sitting position to crawling position
  • He can crawl. He’s slow and shaky but he’s officially on the move
  • He now prefers finger foods to pureed meals
  • He can clap. Although he sometimes does it with his hands clenched into balls, reminding me of a seal

Things I have learnt:

  • I need to organise his meals better. I plan to spend tomorrow researching new recipes for food that is easy to hold, healthy and yummy
  • I need to try to work on getting him to sleep better/longer. I start back at work in 3 months and I am coming to the realisation that I simply won’t cope if I am still being woken by him 4-5 times through the night. I’m not really sure yet as to what we can do but some ideas so far include looking closely at his diet, baby massage, room temperature and perhaps introducing a security toy/blanket
  • Include more protein in his dinner meals. A heavier dinner meal should help with the sleeping, hopefully
  • I can’t leave the dog water bowl on the ground anymore
  • I need to start baby proofing the house. His favourite things right now include; pulling at cords, splashing in the dog water bowl, head butting the coffee table leg/bed head/toy box, and licking the tiles
  • I need to start vacuuming the carpet and washing the tiles daily now that Oscar refuses to stay on his play mat. We have 2 dogs that sleep indoors and they lose a lot of hair. They also bring in grass, dirt, sticks and prickly weeds. It’s ridiculous
  • I need to organise for Oscar to see his grandparents more often. He is getting to that age where he really recognises when someone isn’t familiar. Candice and I are literally the only 2 faces he is comfortable with and obviously we want him to feel that familiarity with our parents

Did I mention how tired I am? It’s because of all that learning I’ve been doing.

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3 thoughts on “We’re both learning

  1. It might also have something to do with 7 months of broken sleep. Let me know if you want a break on Friday or Saturday night to go to the movies or just out to dinner. I am happy to help

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  2. I love your blog and all the pictures of Oscar on Instagram. You have some real talent! One of these days, you’ll have to do a post on photography tips! I’d love to know! Seriously! 🙂
    Regarding the sleep, I dealt with that for a long time as well. My little one is 12 months old now, but he basically woke up every 1.5 hours from month 6-9. I was a wreck. We co slept, I didn’t get any sleep, he didn’t get any sleep and my wife Katie started to sleep in the guest room.
    I know it’s not for everybody, but we ended up doing “crying it out”. I REALLY was against it and fought Katie for months doing it, but I was at the end of my rope and a lot of my friends had success with it, so we gave it a try. It took 2 nights, and he has been sleeping through the night (10-12 hours) ever since. The first night, he cried 20 minutes, second night 5 minutes and that was it. Obviously, I was a wreck and cried along with him, but in the end it was worth it. He’s been sleeping in his own bed as well since that day and even his naps improved. He used to nap 30 minutes and now he naps 2-3 hours!
    Like I said, I know this method is not for everybody and there are many other methods out there as well, but I thought I would share my experience with you!
    Hope you all get some sleep soon!

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