You can’t have your cake and eat it too

So we have had some long days since Monday and some really sleep-filled nights.  I have really and truly waited for the night that Jack would sleep more than 4 hours at a time.  Really and truly waited…and it seems like forever.  Well, we have had a good thing going since Sunday night with 7-9 hour stretches without a noise.  BUT the alternative has been some really long tired days.  Sleep training without the swaddle has led Jack from having 2 long day time naps to about 4 short naps with a lot crying in between.  I have truly wanted to give up since I think he still needs to be swaddled!  But no doubt that is really for my own convenience because then he will fall asleep instantly and I don’t have to hear his sad cry.  But I can sorta see the light.  He has gone down easier for the last few naps.  Now we just have to make those naps last longer.  Not sure how to make that happen but I know it will eventually.  You know what…parenting is just a grand test of patience from day one!  And that is why I pray every morning that somehow I can be patient.  And then there is part of me that is worried that he is sleeping so good at night because he is sleep deprived from his long days.  Ahhh…I hope that’s not the case cause he needs longer naps while still sleeping at night!  You know what else parenting is…a guessing game. I think Heavenly Father must just look down with a little smirk as we attempt this little game of life.  Thank goodness He has it all figured out and helps us when we need it, sometimes:o).

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Here is Jack with his favorite new toy.  It is his second favorite part of the morning (the first being the fact that it is morning and he doesn’t have to be in bed anymore.  Part of me thinks he just lays in his bed and just waits until he sees that first stream of light coming through his window and his heart skips a beat when it does cause he knows he can be awake).  He loves to play with cereal boxes.  A child after his daddy’s heart.  Dan sits down with his cereal box in the morning and as soon as Jack hears the crinkling of the bag inside he looks over and won’t stop staring until daddy gives it to him.  He loves them.

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Here is pea face (take 2).  Our first attempts Monday night did not go over too well.  He seemed to like green beans at first, but after 5 bites was disgusted.  So we moved on to peas and he instantly hated them.  So Tuesday and Wednesday at lunch I did green beans and peas followed by some bites of cereal and he ate them up.  He still made funny faces.  Our first attempts were captured on video which I will have to have Dan post because it was very funny.  And true to baby form, Jack loved carrots and squash.  We have yet to try sweet potatoes, but I know he will love them.  So I am gonna do straight veggies for another week and then we will move to some fruits.

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And I know you think that he must have rolled over by now and I have just forgotten to inform the blogging world.  But the truth is, he still hasn’t.  Some days he tries a lot and others he just seems content on his back.  But he is a contortionist somedays, I swear.  His body goes U-shaped and I am sure his head is just going to snap off.  So who knows…but my guess is that we are still months away…

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He did it!

Well, I know its a fluke.  In fact, I am going to attribute last night to some kind of family fast that was going on behind our backs because last night can only be called one of God’s miracles.  A tender mercy, if you will.  JACK SLEPT OVER 8 STRAIGHT HOURS LAST NIGHT!!!!  Wahoo!  I knew he had it in him even if it only happens this once.  It was a blessing.   I woke up at 2:30 and thought…mmm…I haven’t heard the baby yet.  Weird…but I fell back asleep until 3:35.  Mmmm…Dan must have heard him and gone in at some time because there is no way.  I laid there for about 10 minutes until Dan stirred and then I said “Have you been in to the baby?”  Nope.  Well I guess I will go check on him.  And he was still breathing.  I wasn’t really worried but my mind can play tricks on me.  So then I went downstairs and pumped cause well, it was kind of messy and a little painful!  But wow do have like a 7 oz. bottle now for Jack!  And then I just laid in bed until he woke up around 4:10.  That is a continuous sleep from 7:50 pm-4:10 am.  Maybe he just had to turn 5 months old (yesterday was kind of his 5 month birthday since there is no 29th of February this year).  Or maybe it was the fact that he had no naps yesterday from like 3-7:30.  But whatever it was, it was glorious.   But please oh please don’t stop your praying now.  You see today we are starting this…

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…sleep training without the swaddle…one arm at a time.  As you can tell from the photo, taken moments ago, he was already a little sad.  But 2 minutes later, there is quiet and I think he must be asleep.  We’ll see how long it lasts.  And how long this process takes.  Also coming tonight, Jack’s first taste of vegetables.  I haven’t decided between green beans or peas.  Photos to come of funny faces!

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Where have we been…

So I have already had a blogging drought.  Sorry to my faithful readers…or more like viewers cause I know Jack photos are the big draw here.  But anyway, it is hard to blog when you feel like nothing new has happened really.  We are still doing the same old, but good, thing.

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Jack is growing big and reaching for everything.  He loves to feel and eat everything in sight.  Thanks for the Valentine’s card Grandma…it tasted really good!

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This is how he spends a lot of his time, but he just hasn’t made it over yet.  Yesterday his hips were on the ground, but he just couldn’t get his shoulder out to flip completely over.  The day is fast approaching.  But I have thought that for well over a month now so who knows!

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He thought he was pretty funny when his onesie got stuck on his head last night.  He is so cute and we just love him.

Dan and I were able to go out two nights in row this weekend.  On Friday night we went to the temple and on Saturday to our ward party that was a dinner for adults only.  We feel so lucky to have family near by that are always willing to play with the babe.  It is the greatest blessing.  Especially when Alyson told us of a girl in Bountiful who said she will not get paid less than $15/hr. for babysitting.  Say what?  I would be like see you in a half hour when we are back with our fast food and red box movie and we still will owe you 7 bucks.  I will never get that.  I didn’t even get paid that much at the daycare where I worked for 5 years.  Sorry 14 years olds…but that is absurdness.

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“A house divided…

against itself shall not stand.” (Matthew 12:25). We hope that isn’t true for us because there is a real division in our house and marriage that will exist until the end of time. And although we like each other very much, this one thing really is a huge barrier! LAKERS vs JAZZ!! Last night was the second meeting of the season. The first happened on January 2nd with a Laker victory. I knew last night would be tough. The Lakers are choke artists in SLC. Seriously, I have been to a lot (I think at least 5) of Laker/Jazz game in SLC in my years here, and they have won once. Last year I finally swore off going to the game cause well, I have been rudely confronted and talked to many a time, and I just can’t take it anymore. Its not healthy for me how I feel about Jazz fans after leaving the games. So I won’t be going anymore. And especially now that I am married to an uber-intense Jazz fan. I hate the conflict. I would just assume crawl in a hole and die than watch the game with Dan. Hahaha…not really, but kind of. Well last night was a great game, I guess. You see, one perk to Jack’s lack of night time sleep is that I am super tired come like 9 pm, and so I fell asleep in the 3rd quarter. But I woke up on the couch to Dan talking to Mills. He sounded way too happy and I knew that meant the Lakers lost. So the season record is 1-1. We’ll see what the playoffs bring this season. I dread a Lakers/Jazz series. But know it is a likely possibility. We shall see… But one question for you, who do you think Jack will love? All I know is we have definitely already caused a conflicted child, and we have the pictures to prove it. If he loves mommy, he will love Kobe. If he loves Daddy, he will love AK-47 (just kidding, D-Will). Do you think he has hope of being normal being pulled in each direction? I hope so…

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Look at me Grandma

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Here are some photos of Jack in his Church outfit from Grandma Janniecakes.  He is really funny with his hands and tongue.  I am hoping it is a phase.  He is super handsome though with semi-crazy hair that I haven’t learned how to tame yet.  And I realized the other day that there are total of maybe like 10 pictures on record of me with my child, so I had Dan snap a few of us.  I need to be better or how will he ever know that I am his mom!

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Here are some better cereal shots.  What a mess!  He seems to like it.  We are still trying to get the hang of it though.  And for all those who know of our sleeping woes…no, it has not been the cure we were looking for.  He did, however, go from 12:45-6:15 Saturday night, which is by far his longest stretch in the middle of the night which meant mom’s longest stretch of sleep in 19 weeks, or 133 days (whichever sounds worse!)  I felt like a million bucks!

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Dan’s Grandma Pett makes the cutest bath towels!  Here is Jack in his duck towel.  He loves bathtime so much.  What a change from the early days.  Although the photo doesn’t do it justice cause he looks somewhat pleasant, he used to scream and scream.

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Crazy Kid

Well we officially have a 4 month old now.  How time flies!  We went to the doctor last Friday.  He was 14 lbs. 6 oz. (45 %), 25 1/2 in. (75 %), 43 1/2 cm. head (80 %).  So just about an average size guy.  Dr. Savage approved rice cereal and said that most babies 14-16 lbs will start sleeping through the night.  I wonder why I lack faith.  I really can’t imagine the day.  But here’s the thing, I’m not too disappointed in our current routine.  He sleeps 5+ hours for the first strectch, then 3+ hours the second stretch and then about 2+.  I feel rested when I wake up. And I only end up having a nap during the day if I sit down to read, which has always made me fall asleep, even on my most rested days.  Sooo…I’m not too sad about where we are.

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We had a nice Super Bowl party this year with my siblings and old roomies.  It was a good time with good food.  I was the only person going for Pittsburgh.  I am not even sure why I was going for them except that for some reason I have an affinity for Ben Rothlesburger (I don’t know how to spell his name).  He’s not even 1 % attractive so I am not sure why I like him so much.  I think he’s nice, I guess.  So I was happy with the outcome…hahahaha.  In reality, I could have cared less.  But it was a good game.  This is how the baby ended the night.  Holding his own bottle.  He is some kind of child prodigy.  J/K.  But really, he has a bottle like 2 times a week max and look at him.  Funny boy.

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The baby was somewhat fussy yesterday when I put him on the ground.  I think he is getting a little bored of just laying there.  I am trying to encourage him to roll over and get moving.  It hasn’t worked yet.  So I thought I would try the jumper again.  It is his 3rd time in it, but it was by far the most fun he has had.  He really just likes anything that let’s him have greater access to his hands.  Look how drooly, gross they are!

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So we did it last night, we tried the cereal.  And let’s just say, he was starving and super confused about why something that tasted familiar was coming to him on something so weird.  And I could not get it in there fast enough.  It was making him so mad more than anything.  But let’s be honest, why does it say to mix 1 TBSP of cereal with like 4 TBSP of milk.  It was complete liquid.  Now I know the first time it should be pretty runny, but that was a joke!  So, we ended up putting it in the bottle.  And he guzzled away.  Which ended like this…

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He fell fast asleep while eating, which almost never happens.  He looks so cute with his little hand on his head.  He had a not so good nap day yesterday which left him all tuckered out.  Sundays really throw off his schedule so Mondays are always a little off.  But he is such a sweet boy.

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My growing boy and a battle lost!

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So I built the high chair the other day in hopes that it would give the baby a new place to play and a new perspective.  He seems to like it, don’t you think?  And I could not believe how big it made him look.  Hopefully in the near future we will eating cereal in the high chair.

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He loves to sit in the corner of our new couch.  Although its not long before he is dive bombing his hands and tips over.  But it is a sure way to get to look at me so I like to pose him there.  He also loves his crab toy.  It is the one toy he has picked up by himself (only one time though…but we were proud).  He loves to put it right in his mouth.  And his face is so funny when he puts those textured legs in, he’s not quite sure what it is, but he knows he loves to suck on it.  Cute boy!

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And now to a funnier matter…Dan’s hair this morning.  I had to take pictures and of course, they don’t really do it justice!  But he had a tough fight last night, and obviously came out on the losing end.  He is growing out his hair (at least for now) and that leads to some very funny morning hairdos!

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My cute little monkey

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Here is the cutest boy in the world!  Ok…to me maybe.  He is growing so big.  He still loves to look around lots and lots.  I think he is so observant and notices the littlest things.   He is starting to stare at us when we eat anything.  He couldn’t take his eyes off my spoon this afternoong when I had soup for lunch.  I moved back and forth and followed it the whole time.  So perhaps rice cereal is right around the corner.  We have his 4 month appointment on Friday.  We will see what the doctor says.  We are still having sleeping issues I guess.  But we love him anyways and are trying to help him realize the goodness of sleeping.  Someday he’ll get it, I think and pray!

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