Friday, January 14, 2011

Keeping Pace

We had a nice conversation the other evening about how maybe now that Noah's getting a little older we should kinda, sorta try to get him on a little more predictable schedule. Um, yeah.

We thought, ok, we just pick a time of morning to get him up at the same time every day and try to get that a little more regulated. 6 a.m. seemed reasonable, it gives Nerdstar time with him before having to get ready for work. Since then he's woken up at 5:00, 6:30, 4:45, 5:00 and 4:30. WTF? So much for that.

We started keeping track of when he eats, sleeps, and naps to see if there's any pattern at all to it from day to day. Not so much.

Part of all of this is that he's growing so fast that he's often too hungry to get a long nap in.

We're trying all kinds of feeding strategies. Once we started solids we thought we'd decrease his formula intake a little - feed him four ounces of formula instead of six and pair it with a couple of ounces of solids. That usually ended up in him waking up hungry. But sometimes five ounces is too many. He is consistent in eating six times a day.

We're so glad we got the high chair. He really loves to sit in it and look out into the backyard while eating. And he insists on eating when we do, so it's nice to have him right there. He just loves being in the kitchen.

He sleeps well through the night, other than waking up too early. Maybe part of that is not having a set bedtime. But when he takes his "last" nap of the day between 4 and 6, we never know if it's for an hour, or three or four hours, or for the night. Some nights we end up waking him up around 7, 7:30 to feed and change him to get him ready for bed.

He's a very happy kid. That's what makes all of this bearable. He wakes up happy and is a sweet boy through the day. The only time he cries is when he's hungry. Although, he's starting to not be happy to be put down for naps unless he's really tired.

I guess it's all trial and error and just trying to keep pace with his growth and changes.

1 comment:

Val said...

Every kid is different, but you seem to have a pretty mellow fellow. Enjoy it all and try to keep some sort of schedule and it will all be ok!