Archive for June, 2008

No such luck.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Well, my wood knocking didn’t do any good whatsoever.  All that sleepiness last week was not a sign of a growth spurt as I had hoped, but was actually a double ear infection and early teething!  Poor little guy.  He never ran a fever so I almost didn’t even bother taking him to the pediatrician.  I’m glad I did though.  Some antibiotics and tylenol seemed to have done the trick and he’s back to his normal happy self. 

But now we have a new problem.  Sleep.  Ahhh yes, that was once his favorite activity.  I remember when the child would sleep 20 hours a day (seriously).  But now, we have apparently moved into something known as “the four month wakeful period.”  Basically, from my understanding, this is when his brain is at a particularly active developmental stage.  He is finding things to be much more interesting and doesn’t want to sleep for fear that he will miss out on something.  Well, I don’t know what the kid thinks is going on at 3 am, but I swear he’s not missing any parties or anything.  He still goes down easy for us around 8:30 or 9 pm, but then around 12:30 he wakes up fussing.  I go in to check on him, and he gives me this giant grin- like “heh, it worked- now play with me.”  I turn on his rainforest soother (this is a really neat crib toy that makes nature sounds and lights up and has a monkey that swings back and forth) and he drifts back to sleep… for a while.  Then we repeat again in half an hour.  And again in another hour.  And so on.  Until Daddy finally caves and puts him in bed with us.

I know we shouldn’t complain.  We got 4 months of very good sleep out of him.  And from all my internet reading (and believe me, I’ve done a lot- looking for a “cure”), it appears that this is just a phase.  And since it’s almost time for him to start rice cereal, we are also hoping that the pediatrician gives us the green light for this next week and that may help him re-establish a healthy sleep pattern.  But please, PLEASE, cross your fingers and say a prayer that this phase is a short one.  Mommy and Daddy really miss our sleepy little boy.

Long time no post

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Sorry bout that.  I’ve been officially reprimanded by several friends and family members for slacking off on my posting duties.  I’ll try to do better.  Lucky for you- I’ve got a lot to say this time, and even better- a lot of new pictures to share :-)

We have been pretty busy around here lately.  Gavin is growing and learning so much.  A couple of weeks ago we went to the zoo with Poppy.  Mommy thought that Gavin would sleep the whole time but he was wide awake and looking around.  He loves to go for walks in his stroller and it was such a nice day.  I’m sure he had no idea where he was but Mommy and Poppy enjoyed it.

Last weekend, he took his first plane ride to Wisconsin for cousin Erin’s wedding.  He did so well!  He didn’t fuss at all on the plane.  He was wide awake and putting on a show for all the other passengers for the first half and then he napped for the rest.  He is basically a pretty laid back little fella as long as he has mommy or daddy nearby (and one of our fingers to suck on- weirdo).  We can take him anywhere.  But apparently when we leave, he gets a little nervous.  We’ll have to work on that.  On this trip, he got to meet all kinds of new people including his aunt Megan and uncle Terry, who had not gotten the chance to see him yet.  We all had a great time- even though the weather did not cooperate and Daddy had hard time getting a flight home… he finally made it in on Monday afternoon.  

At Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth’s house, Gavin has a portable crib with a mobile that has hippos on it.  It’s stationary, so Gavin generally finds it quite boring.  That is, until he found that he could make them move by kicking his feet against the side of the crib!  Here’s a quick video of him doing it:



 Also, Gavin has discovered his voice.  He makes the funniest sounds.  I think his favorite is this “GRRRRRRRR” sound- kind of like he’s rolling his tongue.  I can’t even replicate it.  But he will start babbling and get louder and louder- it’s hilarious when he gets all wound up.  Another new trick is that he has learned to roll on his side.  Of course, he still hates to be on his tummy, so it will be interesting to see what he does when he finally flips himself over all the way.  I’m betting he gets really mad and screams his head off. 

We go back to the Dr for his 4 month shots in a couple of weeks.  It will be interesting to see how much he has actually grown.  I’m estimating that he is about 16 lbs right now- but not sure exactly.  I know that he is bigger than some of the 6 month olds in his class already!  Please pray that Gavin’s good health continues to hold out.  We have been so blessed to not have anything more than an occasional stuffy nose even with him being a dreaded daycare baby.  I’m just knocking on wood that this trend continues! 

I am so so happy to have him in daycare at my office.  I live for 9 am and 2 pm when I get to go down and feed him.  It’s so much fun to go down there and play with him and his classmates.  They sing songs and dance and it’s just such a happy room- makes my day brighter.  Don’t know that I could do this work thing without him nearby.  This morning when I went to feed him at 9 am, I could tell he was sleepy.  As soon as I got him he pretty much passed out in my arms and he was out hard!  I just sat in the room and watched him sleep for a while.  So content and peaceful.  He’s been napping a lot today- I think it has to do with this growth spurt he is going through right now.  Guess that means Daddy will be up late with him tonight!

This weekend is Father’s Day.  Daddy already got his new laptop so he’s all set (unless Mommy can figure out some way to surprise him in the next couple days).  Mommy got a beautiful diamond necklace for her first Mother’s Day so I think we’re even.  It’s hard to believe that it was Father’s Day weekend last year when we found out we were having a baby.  It’s crazy how much has happened in that time. 

Well, since I know what you are really looking for… here’s some new pictures- ENJOY!