Tuesday, September 8, 2009

holy moly

Where did my good little boy go? He's been replaced with a screaming, whining, crying little mess. I'm reporting him missing, so if anyone finds him please let me know! Sigh. Rhys is resisting our tough love. He's been so super cranky, because he's always starving, but he still refuses to cooperate with the spoon. His latest is that he keeps is mouth open and tongue out to let the food slide out of his mouth instead of swallowing. Again, sigh. He is much better at picking things up to eat on his own, though he more licks it than actually eats anything. Still progress though, nonetheless. Since the cereal has been gone (from daytime bottles), so has gone my great little napper and 12-hour a night sleeper. The last three mornings Rhys has woken up between 3-4 a.m., despite having cereal in his nighttime bottle. That has never happened since he started sleeping through the night. He is getting increasingly more frustrated in general, but we aren't rescuing him. I am hoping that if/when he gets mad enough he will start to figure things out out on his own. He needs to figure things out on his own. He is much more capable than he's letting on. Lastly, the only cute thing he's done recently is that he's starting to repeat syllables when he talks. He is big into yayayaya, babababa, and I swear I've heard a dadadada in there though not in relation to Cody.

Today I am: 1 year, 1 month, 3 weeks and 2 days old.
Adjusted I am: 10 months old.


Crystal M said...

Is he waking up crying hungry or just crying? We couldn't figure out with Colton why after months of sleeping through the night he was suddenly waking up crying until I ran across an article about SEPARATION ANXIETY! Needless to say we had been making it worse on ourselves by picking him up and consoling him and rocking him back to sleep only to find out that we should have been verbally consoling him and laying him back down and leaving the room. (even if you have to go back into the room every 10 min. or so) We had to go into his room a few more times afterward, but he would settle down eventually and go back to sleep. Then a week or two later, he quit. It was really weird. He did it for a couple of weeks a few months later and then we were over that phase. My sister went through the same thing with her little boy too. I had never heard of it before, so I just thought I would pass it along in case you hadn't. It is not an easy thing to do, but it sounds like you already have the tough love (as hard as it is) down! Good luck! Let us know when you are in town, we would love to see y'all!

Jill (& Bob) said...

Sarah does the open mouth / let food fall out thing too. I think it's all about power. If we ignore it, she's a far better eater than if we tell her to close her mouth and eat. Good luck sticking with the tough love approach - and don't give in or he'll take full advantage!