Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Byron had started sleeping through the night at a most convenient time. It was great! Well, a week ago (on the 21st) I'd just had my 6th night of getting up to Byron in the last 27. 6 out of 27 is pretty manageable. But that night was the first of 6 so far. Now it's 11 out of 32, and last night was one of the worst. Here's more or less what I wrote in Jasmine's little book:

2030 Gave Byron a bottle. In bed. I had a shower. Jasmine unsettled so gave her a big drink. B cried as I finished.
2220 Sat down in the lounge room with B. Asleep in about 5 min. Put in bed, but he woke straight up.
2230 Got him up. Gave panadol. Tired but waking when I moved and crying as if worried that I'd put him back to bed.
2300 Put him in bed by 11 (crying straight away) and sat in my room for a few minutes to see if he'd settle. He had seemed almost asleep, but I think was woken by small noises as I left his room. Up again. Went to sleep straight away on my lap, but lightly. Waking lots as if to check I was still there.
2330 Finally left him asleep in bed. Finally went to bed myself.
0300 Jasmine crying. Changed and fed.
0330 In bed 5 minutes. Byron crying again. Gave 200ml bottle.
0350 Byron back in bed.
0540 Byron woke just as Nathan left for work. Tried sleeping with him in our bed. He would settle for a few minutes, then grizzle and try to move around.
0630 Sat with him in the chair in J's room. Hard to keep him quiet. Jasmine still asleep.
0640 Changed nappy and put him in bed. Crying, but not as hard as I thought he would.
0644 Still grizzling. Bits of crying, bits of quiet.
0700 I give up. I'll put his pants on and make pancakes. Jasmine will soon be awake anyway.

Notice how much time I spend with the 7-week old baby? Hardly any. But something is bugging Byron, and I wish I knew how to fix it. That list doesn't show how frustrated I was or how much I just wanted to smack him!

Worked out I got about 4hrs 45 in bed, spent 30 minutes with Jasmine and about 3 hours with Byron. I put him into bed 6 times (not including putting him in ours).

Anyway, I was cross with him all morning (being tired and grumpy). I ended up falling asleep with Jasmine on my chest while he was watching “Raggs” on TV and running around. (He keeps climbing onto the kitchen chairs, then crying coz he's stuck.) I woke up at 11:45 (about half an hour later) with a stiff neck, and no Byron in sight. It was worryingly quiet... but then I spotted his stripey top under my feet. He'd laid himself down on the blanket (which I put there for that reason) and fell asleep. So I had a peaceful hour of snoozing/knitting. Then I fed Jasmine, and came into the computer room and turned on the computer. A minute later Byron came wandering in. He's had lunch, and now he's watching Hi 5 while Jasmine sleeps.

Nathan said yesterday that I should have a bath as soon as he comes home. I don't feel stressed now, but it will be nice. I've been reading the Narnia books again! (I think this is the eighth time, but it's been years.)

Byron is saying so many words... he will have a go at copying anything he feels like. He's quite good at “shower” because that's the latest thing (Nathan is giving him a few showers between his weekly bath, which he seems to like). But he'll try anything: See ya, bus, Blue Bear (boo bear), Playschool (pay soo), Hi 5 (ha fah), tea, door, food (foo), bikkies, rain rain rain, toast (tohs), milk (meh), ice, dryer, outside... he'll even say “no no no” when he's doing something he shouldn't, like reaching for my knitting! His favorite is probably “Jas-em”, followed closely by “more?”. I've been teaching him the sign for “finished” for 2 weeks (since Evan suggested it at MOPS) and he's doing it, after a fashion, while saying "shi shi". Didn't go to MOPS today, though I wanted to, because Byron's got a snotty nose. He talks fairly constantly, and chats on the “phone” as though he knows exactly what he's talking about.

He'll also do things when asked. I test him out, sometimes, and am surprised by how much he understands. I've said, “go and play me a song on the xylophone” and “there it is, over there... no, behind you, under the bouncy...” and “pick that up and put it on the table” and “go find Blue Bear and bring him to me” and “hey, there's the bus; go look out the window” and he's done it straight away. Cute. Today he was brushing his hair while giggling “with” his reflection. He's quite fond of his reflection. Hehe.

Jasmine is getting quite responsive. She'll stare at you and grin back at you, poke her tongue out at you, and look at the colorful things around her play pen (Bo is hanging on one side, and the curly phone cord is holding up a string of rings that bounce). Unless she's got tummy pains she's very settled and good, though still prefers to sleep while being cuddled (and preferably walked around with) at times. I love it when you start to see their little character developing. It's not much more than the odd grin, of course, but it's the beginning of all the many cute things to come.

Suppose I should go do some cleaning...


kelgell said...

Man, it sure does sound tough. It's always draining [though there's fun as well] with kids around. They have so much energy. But I can't imagine what it's like when you HAVE to do it and you're with them all the time. Tough work. At least they do cute stuff too. Kids can be so interesting when they are discovering things. I love the way they view the world. It's so funny the ideas they come up with.

Esther said...

He, he. I'm so glad you were able to finish this with some cute stuff they are doing. Wish I could see them more and watch them growing up.