Friday, April 24, 2009

He Just Keeps Yanking Our Chain

This seems to be the week of Ned. He seems to be going to that "developmental leap" I've heard so much about but no developments have actually occurred (ie, no teeth and no crawling or pulling himself up).

My good little sleeper has been rolling over onto his back and squirming on his tummy to the place in his crib where he can grab the cord of an elephant that plays music ("Twinkle, Twinkle" if I recall correctly). Husband heard the music last night when he came to bed and I heard it starting at 5:45 am. Miss Penelope wants her brother to "shut it" so she can get more rest. Mommy, Esq. and Husband are glad he's relatively quiet and hasn't been crying or wanting to get up too early (yet).

Who Me, Nap? I'd Rather Pull The Elephant

A few questions for my loyal readers:

1. Should I think about sleeping Penny in a pack n' play in the guest room while Ned is going through this stage? Once I did move her in the middle of the night (if I wake up around 3 or 4 which hardly happens any more) and she slept much better. I don't love the idea of sleeping in a pack n' play so I'm tempted to just suck it up and let her be tired in the morning.

2. Do I take out his only beloved crib toy? [Yes, those are blankets in his crib - we use them for naps. Yes, yes, SIDS and all that, I'm a terrible mom. Also a terrible homeowner since we "blacked out" his shade but using Scotch tape to put up aluminum foil under the shade.]

3. How long does this stage last and we can go back to good sleeping? I've stopped flipping him back to his tummy - no point. When he's tired he sleeps on his back. Up to him to figure out how to roll the other way.

Penny will get her time in the sun soon - tomorrow will be their 8 month chair photos!

P.S. That is Ned's real hair - we do NOT style it. It is brushed down flat after his bath. This is what it looks like when dried. It's the most awesome baby hair ever.


LauraC said...

We've always kept our boys together through everything (except naps after transition to toddler beds). Mine got used to hearing each other and learned to settle themselves down when awoken by the other. This has been helpful bc we don't tiptoe around at night, we have people over all the time, and the laundry room is right next to their room yet they sleep through it all! And now that we have to wash and dry shoes at nighttime... it is amazing they sleep through that!

That said, I think you have to treat each family individually. If you think it's right to move her, then do it. Me personally, I'd rather sacrifice a couple of bad nights of sleep to have them together long-term bc it is so much easier to have them together for traveling, for having houseguests, etc.

Love the hair!!

Nicole S. said...

Between the 2 options, I would take out the toy, at least at night. Maybe get one that is a little quieter?? I have one of the fisher price wonders aquariums and it has three volume settings - the lowest is quite soft - can barely hear it.

Mommy, Esq. said...

I can't actually hear the music most of the time - when I do it is really faint. It's not the music that's the issue it's the "awake and playing" thing.

Anonymous said...

He is his father's child. Shall I see if we have any joke books to bring with us next time so in 2 years he can keep you up at night giggling? I know this is not helpful. Can't wait to see them again.

Just Kristen said...

We just leave them in there to figure it out. But I found whenever I did try and move one out of the room they took it to = FUNTIME so it was kind of a obvious choice. We don't really have noise making crib toys....they each have a lovey and a stuffed animal that has rings and rattles. Sometimes I hear them banging that on the bars but they eventually get tired and go back to that I am thinking of it this isn't an entirely helpful comment: you whatever...they're fine :)

Anonymous said...

Please tell me how you get them to sleep at all! My 9 1/2 month old twins won't nap. Maybe three 30 minute naps all day. Any suggestions?