Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wise Old Owl

Karlenn is my wise old owl. When Kole was first born she gave me a book called BabyWise and a handwritten schedule for helping me and Kole co-exist. I was a stinking wreck and not ready for a schedule. Well. 5 weeks later I still felt like I was swimming. Swimming in quicksand.
Yesterday I read the whole book. Cover to cover. Even the reviews. It's a simple routine. Eat, Play, Sleep. I thought- we can handle that.
EAT: Kole loves to eat. He is a bit of a glutton. Eats as much as he can as fast as he can. So eating for half an hour would be a change for my little dragon. But I thought- I can at least keep him there for a half an hour. I did- and sure enough he slowed down. And spreads it out. He eats for 25 minutes. Hey, no one's perfect right?
PLAY: After the Kolester eats he gets to play for half an hour. I tried taking him to the playground- but he didn't grasp the idea of the see saw or the swings OR the slides! So we pretty much just lay on the ground and stare at the lights. Sometimes we lay on our bellies and stare at the carpet. I know, fun, right?
SLEEP: I then put Koley Oley down for a nap. For at least an hour and a half. When I read the book I was really doubtful- "Yeah right. There is no way that he'll play for half hour and then go to sleep. No stinking way." Boy was I wrong. I put him in his crib ready to deal with hoots and hollers and shrieks. I was only met with a smile, a sigh, and closed eyes. He was totally exhausted! I couldn't believe it!

Lather, rinse, repeat.
It's that easy.

And my head has finally stopped spinning. He hasn't cried at all during the day. A little at night. Everyone needs extra snuggling at night. Kole comes from very snuggly parents.

Is this what it feels like to be a mom? One in control?
I'm loving it.









7 comments:

Poulsen Family said...

Wish it could have been that easy for Max and I. He still cries sometimes when I put him down to sleep.

Karlenn said...

I don't think I've ever been called "wise" before. I should tell my whole family that Wise Old Owl is my new title. They'll never believe it. :) Any word on Thursday night? I have the green light from my hubs.

Chris-baby + Jules-a-bug said...

Woot Woot! goooo Patty. Let the fun begin!

megan said...

I need that book now that you're done with it!!:) I have a feeling that sleeping during the day is going to be a hard thing for Tinian. I'm glad it's working with Kole! Enjoy being in control now because once he can talk he'll want to take over. Hehe

Brett and Tiffany said...

What a sigh of relief! don't you love those moments when you discover something that works for you AND your little one! Your little one loves you!

johnandjana said...

I'm glad everything is better and you feel good. Little Koley is sure cute and I'm glad he is doing so good with all the Wise Owl's info. That is awesome.

Lyner said...

Go PP! That is pretty exciting! I hope he sticks to that sort of routine, that would be so nice for you. I love love love the picture of him!