happy 7 months tucker! 

i feel like this last month was one of the hardest and best since tucker was born. and it mostly all had to do with sleep, the bane of every new parent. tucker's nighttime sleeping was just getting worse and worse between 4 and 6 months. he was waking every 1-2 hours each night. i was losing my mind. i felt like i was working non-stop 24/7 and my days and nights were filled with frustration and anxiety. after i had tucker, i never thought i could do cry-it-out because when you have a baby, you just gain this deep maternal response to your baby's cry. but i had had enough and i realized i was becoming a worse mother and wife because of the toll it was taking on me. so i decided to let him cry and leave him completely alone at night. well...it actually only took one night. tucker cried pretty hard for 15 minutes and that was it. since then, going on three weeks now, he sleeps 10-11 hours straight every night. sometimes he lets out a single cry once or twice in the night but that's it. it has made the biggest difference in my life! because i know i can count on a good night's sleep and a break from the rigors of the day, i am 100% myself again, happy and excited about each day. and he seems happier too, better rested and healthier.

here's what's up with tucker bear lately...
* cut his first tooth last week! lower left incisor. 
* loves to squeal and shout! he's got some lungs.
* hates solids. i've tried a ton of different veggies and fruits, but he just hates the feeling in his mouth. i've tried super watery and a little thicker and nothing will do. i give him oatmeal in the morning and distract him enough to get a little down and some sort of veggie or fruit at night but he won't usually have any of that.
* i introduced the sippy and he's actually doing pretty well with that.
* still no crawling but he seriously likes to move as much as he can. he is wiggly and busy!
* hates getting wet, which makes bath time a crying struggle. i went back to sponge baths and he does better with that until i get to his hair and face.
* still very alert and studious.

i feel like he's growing up so fast! he is seriously fun and we love him so much!


MikeandKatie said...

He is growing up to be so cute. I can't believe how long his hair is already. I am so glad that night time sleeping is better for you. It is amazing how much you can handle as a mom with a good night sleep. Keep up the good work.

Scott and Cassidy Cowley said...

Oh Jodi, he is the cutest. I was in the same boat with sleeping at night. Eliza has always been small so I didn't mind giving her more calories at night, but finally at 7 months I needed a full nights sleep. Your doing great!

Lizzy said...

He looks like a little boy, no more baby!! Drew hated baths too. He still hates getting his hair and face wet. Tucker will do better when he starts being more mobile. Good luck.

Max and Rebecca said...

He is so adorable! And I am a strong believer in the cry-it-out method!

jamie lanae said...

I loved our time together and how happy this little guy is and how much fun you have with him. Win, win, win.

Anonymous said...

Oops, didn't realise Jamie was signed into her google account. Whoops. Heidi

Carly said...

Yeah for sleeping! It is amazing what a solid night of sleep can do to you! He sure is a cute little boy!