Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Five Months

How is it possible that Sofia is five months old already? It scares me because I know I'm going to look up and she'll a year old and then it'll just keep flying from there.  I think I'm doing a good job of being present when I'm with and appreciating every moment.  She literally becomes cuter every single day. 

Sleep.  I'm getting plenty.  Russ?  Not so much.  He sleeps with Sofia every night, in her room, on her chair.  He says he's fine and getting plenty of sleep.  I'm selfishly choosing to believe him.  I read bloggy friend and mother of quintuplets, Sonja's blog today.  She used the term "sleep training" and how "of course babies will cry" during the process.  Even thought I've read EVERY book on the subject, I seem to be in denial of this fact.  People will ask "Does she cry when she's in her crib?"  The answer is that we don't know.  The minute she stirs or whines, we swoop in.  Our theory is that once she gets to the crying stage, she'll be so worked up she won't be consolable.  This is left over thinking from her evening blues stage when she would cry before bedtime.  Perhaps she's far over that and we need to just let her figure out how to sleep.  I know we do.  Russ stated yesterday that he doesn't care if he has to sleep this way until she's 14.  While he was exaggerating, I know he means it to a certain degree. 

OK, so here's my point.  We are fine with the sleeping situation.  I am letting outside pressure (from my mom and other new moms) influence me and make me think we're doing something wrong, but it really is working for us.  This baby has the most content personality.  She never, ever cries.  Ever.  The other day I was in a public restroom changing her and she cried and screamed and it was so alarming to me because I've never heard her like that.  (I think the diaper scratched her slightly raw bum, my fault)  She sleeps from 6pm (sometimes earlier) until the morning.  She's alone in her crib until 9 or 10 and then Russ picks her up because that way he can sleep better.  Otherwise he'd be getting up every 2 minutes to make sure she's OK.  My theory is that if we left her in the crib and didn't have a video monitor, she would be just fine. 

You've heard all of this before right?  So obviously I'm just trying to convince myself.

Anyway, my baby girl ate sweet potatoes yesterday!  She seems to love them.  Food sure makes feeding time long and messy.  Right now she downs 7 oz of formula in 5 minutes tops.  Now we have to feed and clean up which takes a while, but it's worth it.  And who am I kidding?  She's eating food only once a day right now and Doris is doing it during the week, so who am I to complain?  (we had a four day weekend this past weekend, so got to feed her a lot)

Did I mention my birthday is Friday?  I can't wait.  I don't want a thing except to spend time with my baby girl and Russ.  Amazing how priorities change...


  1. It's truly crazy how fast time has flown since we had them. I'm begging for the days to go a little slower! I don't blame you at all for your sleeping situation! My little princess just needed to have her own space in her crib, or I'd still be sleeping with her. And I cherish our naps together.

    You have to trust your own instinct and run your home the way you three want it done. Don't listen to anyone else. I've had trouble with that too because everyone has an opinion!

    Happy early birthday!!!

  2. I'm sorry if you were feeling pressured by my sleep training the quads blog. All you can do is what makes your family function the best and makes you guys happiest!! For us, it had to be sleep training because I have taken Liam and Jude to my bed before and I slept like total crap! But everyone has to figure out what works for them and that's what matters, there is no right or wrong way.

  3. Wow 5 months!!!! time just keeps passing us by, I am so glad you are taking in and enjoying every moment. It's so nice to see such a deep appreciation and adoration of a child. I know that you will never take your daughter for granted, like so many others do.

    I wouldnt worry about the sleeping arrangements, if its works for you then thats all that matters. I think people want to make sure down the road that it doesnt create issues or regrets, so they have all the answers! But what matters is that your happy, she's happy and daddy's happy. but who knows, if you give it a try, it just might work and everybody is happy still! Maybe it wont hurst to try and see what happens? Sometimes its not the children that have an issue witht he change, it's often the parents. ;)