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By my calculations, Forest has heard the songs “Star of the County Down” and “Wild Mountain Thyme” a bare minimum of approximately 800 times each.  I’ve sung both songs to him as lullabies almost every day since his birth, and multiple times per day the first six months or so.  Donald (Daddy) does an excellent Scottish brogue when singing both songs to Forest.  Forest is also showing an early predilection for contra dance moves–he has been practicing his allemande lately.

Lullabies and other music have been a big part of Forest’s life.  Since he was difficult to settle and put to sleep as a baby sometimes, we ended up singing him many, many songs every day while holding and rocking or bouncing him.  Donald used to go through his entire repertoire of songs for naps while I was at work, and then I would often go through my entire repertoire of songs to put him to sleep at night and sometimes in the middle of the night.

Forest loves to listen to music on the I-Pod stereo, but especially on CDs where he can ask us to change out the CD often.  He likes opening and closing the door for the CD player, opening jewel cases, and pressing play on the device.  I’ve often thought that I should just spend a day putting the rest of our CDs on the I-Pod to clear up some clutter, but Forest definitely prefers the many tactile joys involved in listening to CDs over the relatively boring couple of buttons to press on the I-pod.  Here is a picture of Forest with his Mozart CD.

We should find someone to visit who has a turntable and vinyl records.  That would really blow his mind!  Of course, it can’t be my brother Don who cares deeply about his record collection and probably wouldn’t appreciate the adorable cuteness of his nephew scratching an expensive needle across his precious Beach Boys album.

Forest comes by his love of music quite honestly.  Here’s the rundown on his father’s side:  Grandma Miriam has a Master’s in Piano, plays organ and piano professionally, and is a music teacher.  Aunt Evelyn has a Master’s in Voice, sings opera, teaches music, and plays piano.  Uncle Billy plays electric bass, trumpet, sings, and plays with a band.  Aunt Clara has a Master’s in music technology, is an elementary music teacher, plays guitar and piano, and sings  with a band.  Forest’s Grandaddy Charles can lecture for hours on Mozart and claims to have a superior aesthetic sense.  On Forest’s mother’s side:  His maternal grandparents passed away before he was born, but they loved music.  His maternal Grandmother Ada played piano beautifully and loved to sing.  Grandfather Norman played a bit of guitar.  Uncle Walter plays viola and has a giant digital music collection.  Uncle Don plays tenor saxophone and has a giant vinyl record and CD collection.  Mommy plays piano, viola, and loves to sing (all rather ineptly, but it brings me joy).

To top it all off, Mommy and Daddy met contra dancing to lovely, live Celtic music.  So, when Forest was just a wee glint in Daddy’s eye, there was music in the air!


First time sleeping through the night until dawn

Last night, Forest slept from 8:30 p.m. until dawn at 7:00 a.m.   That’s 10.5 hours in his own crib.

  Daddy and Mommy are so thrilled!  Although I must admit I missed him in bed with us at some point.  I’m sure this will not be an absolutely straight path, and I’ll likely get more oppportunoties to snuggle with him….

Sleep at last — Heavens be praised

I’m proud to say that my baby slept from 8:30 p.m. last night until 5:43 a.m. this morning!  That’s over 9 hours.  Absolutely unprecedented in his previous almost-20 months on the planet.  He nursed and went back to sleep until 7:48 a.m., then he woke up very happy and ready to start his day.

As stunning as this achievement is, even more amazing to me is how wonderful I feel today.  My mind is clear, I have no aches and pains, and I have ample energy for toddler chasing on this lovely Sunday.  This is the first time in the previous 20 months, plus much of my pregnancy that I’ve slept not only seven hours, but also maybe an extra hour and 1/2 this morning after he went back to sleep. How would I remember a detail like that, you may ask?  Only because I’ve been obsessing about how little I was sleeping ever since the birth of my precious, sleep-resistant child.  Obsessing, not usually in a resentful way, but in a hopeful way. I have held out hope that sleep for all of us will improve.  Oh, I admit that I’ve also counted sleep hours in order to whine more effectively to my husband to garner sympathy sometimes.

Better sleep, I’ve read, helps babies with developmental changes and tasks they are trying to achieve, and I’ve wondered whether Forest might be generally happier if he could sleep better.  I know it would help me be a more energetic mommy to an active toddler, and I’m sure it would help me be more productive at my job.

Now, I did wake up in the middle of the night, last night, wondering what was wrong with Forest that he was so quiet.  But I quickly assured myself that all was well and went back to bed, because I never know when I will be summoned to comfort him.  Donald said that he “woke many times” wondering why Forest wasn’t crying to be picked up from his crib.  We were both stunned when he didn’t call out to us until 5:43 this morning.

Forest is having an afternoon nap now, and I wish him sweet dreams.

Forest is having a nice nap this afternoon, following a good night’s sleep the night before.

to sleep, perchance to sleep through the night….

Forest took more naps than usual yesterday, then had a couple of evening “naps” before settling down for the longest stretch of sleep yet in his almost-five-months of life.  He slept from 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

I woke up around 4:00 a.m. wondering what was wrong with my baby and why I wasn’t up nursing.  I shone a small flashlight near his cradle to make sure he was okay.  He was breathing just fine and looked pretty sacked out, so I just went to the bathroom and fed the cats (Vivace is recovering from feline infectious anemia and is trying to regain strength and weight), then went back to bed for another couple of hours.

Unexpected, but nice!  I do hope he begins to cycle toward longer sleep periods like this.


Sleep… or lack thereof for parents

We started putting the baby to bed at 8:00pm.  He’s alseep now at 10:30 after several tries.   He screams so loudly when he’s very tired but, I guess, he is fighting sleep.  Hopefully our neighbors won’t think we’re torturing him.  Quite amazing.  I do love how he stares at me with rapt attention while I’m singing lullabies while rocking him.  Makes me think I’m a decent singer or something.

Maybe he’ll sleep well tonight.  I think that last night’s very rough night was hopefully the last repercussion of the vaccinations Forest had on Friday.  He took a mega-4 hour nap on Sunday in the afternoon and, predictably, did not sleep well at night.  He was up every 1-2 hours.  He had a fever on Friday night and Saturday, following the vaccines.  Tylenol brought it down.

I managed to drive to Norman for a meeting today without falling asleep on the road, but then I had to try to stay perky for two meetings with no caffeine.

mommy returning to work

Tomorrow is my first day back at work.  I’m mostly looking forward to working.  I’m not worried too much about Forest since he will have his father and grandmother taking care of him tomorrow.  I’m mostly worried about him missing his mommy.  Lots of milk in the freezer to go in bottles, but not quite like mommy.  We do know that he will readily take bottles, so that is a good thing at least.

I’m also worried about getting enough sleep to be functional.  Forest was up three times last night and I was having some anxiety issues and it took me awhile to fall asleep.  So, I ended up with about 3.5 hours of sleep.  I’ve been more routinely getting 5-6 hours of sleep when he gets up 1-2 times overnight, and that helps me feel a lot better.

Several people have told me that a teaspoon or two of rice cereal helps babies sleep better at night, and his doctor recommends not starting that until 4 months, although several moms have said they started much earlier.  And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months.  But I wonder if the American Academy of Pediatrics Board are all waking up at 2 am, 4am and 5:30am for feedings?

2-month pediatrician visit at 11 weeks old, today

baby update: Forest visited the pediatrician today. He now weighs 14lbs 12ozs and is 24.5 inches long. No wonder his daddy’s elbow is shot from lifting him!

He has a mild fever and is not feeling well / was fussy following vaccinations.  He was crying with a tone I’ve never heard before, and he was briefly inconsolable, but we finally got him to relax, and we gave him a dose of Tylenol which brought his fever down.

Forest went to bed, and I’m staying up to pump–trying to lay in a milk supply to get ready to return to work.  I don’t like staying up so late to pump since the baby is already in bed–it would be nice to go to sleep myself.  But it is hard to pump during the day because I never know how long he is going to nap, that is IF he naps.