Friday, December 10, 2010

Colin's First Champagne Brunch

I didn't get to experience the fabulous 4 Seasons Brunch until I was an adult, but Colin is on the fast track to developing his spoiled little taste buds. Actually, he ate mostly pancakes and the crackers that he stole from the buffet table.

We (on the other hand) had 3-4 plates of traditional breakfast, salad, sushi, duck, roast beef, pastries, fruit and a lick off the ole chocolate fountain. What a treat! David and I were both wishing Colin would take a nap so we could enter a food coma of our own. Luckily, we got our wish and it was a nice, relaxing afternoon.

Here we are with the Peden/Pike family.

I think it's hilarious when Colin pulls David's hair. Look at the grin on his face...he knows he's being naughty...but he's making everyone laugh, so why stop?

"Cry it Out" From the Baby's Perspective

Dear Fellow Babies,
OK, here's my situation. My Mommy has had me for almost 5 months. The first few months were great-I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, around the clock. Then something happened. Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep thru the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse. I've talked to other babies, and it seems like its pretty common after Mommies have had us for around 5-6 months. Here's the thing: these Mommies don't really need to sleep. It's just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep-they just don't need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle.

It goes like this:
Night 1-cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it's hard. It's hard to see your Mommy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, it's for her own good.
Night 2-cry every 2 hours until you get fed.
Night 3-every hour.

Most Mommies will start to respond more quickly after about 3 nights. Some Mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don't give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I KNOW IT'S HARD! But she really does not need the sleep; she is just resisting the change. If you have an especially alert Mommy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mommy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it.

The other night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up with:
-My sleep sack tickled my foot.
-I felt a wrinkle under the sheet.
-My mobile made a shadow on the wall.
-I burped, and it tasted like rice cereal. I hadn't eaten rice cereal since breakfast, what's up with that?
-The dog said "ruff". I should know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day.
-Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room.
-Too hot, too cold, just right-doesn't matter! Keep crying!!
-I had drooled so much my sheets were damp and I didn’t like it touching me.
-I decided I was sick of all the blue in my room so I cried.
-It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. -You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mommies' internal clocks.

Sometimes my Mommy will call for reinforcements by sending in Daddy. Don’t worry Daddies are not set up for not needing sleep the way Mommies are. They can only handle a few pats and shhhing before they declare defeat and send in the Mommy. Also, be weary of the sleep sheep with rain noises. I like to give Mommy false hope that listening to the rain puts me to sleep sometimes I pretend to close my eyes and be asleep and then wait until I know Mommy is settling back to sleep to spring a surprise cry attack. If she doesn’t get to me fast enough I follow up with my fake cough and gag noise that always has her running to the crib. At some point I am positive she will start to realize that she really doesn’t really need sleep.

P.S. Don't let those rubber things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out. Trust me.

Baby Colin Peden :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Birthday David

David's one request for his birthday was to sleep in. So I got up with Colin at his favorite hour, 6am. Now that David is all rested, I think Colin is ready for him...