Monthly Archives: November 2009

An Anniversary, of sorts

I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

It was exactly one year ago today that I came home to my wife standing in our bedroom with two pregnancy tests, both indicating that our lives had just changed forever. The emotions I felt at that moment were the most mixed of my life. In any case, you can read up on that here.

Flash forward a year, and my boy is three and half months old and the greatest accomplishment of my life. As we celebrate his first Thanksgiving this year, I give extra thanks to my family and friends, who have given us continuous love and encouragement in our parenting. Since this day one year ago, my life has undergone extraordinary change, for the better, and I’m thankful every day for that.

Our Thanksgiving promises to be busy, but being with your family makes up for the hectic pace. I wish the very best to you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Sleep Habits

In the short time that I’ve been a parent, there has been one universal question asked of me:

“How are you sleeping?”

We don’t think that much about sleep, even though it consumes about one-third of our life. But with a baby, sleep is your one time of day where you don’t have to parent. And with the possibility of your little one crying and waking in the night, sleep is absolutely essential. We’ve been fortunate with Parker, as he figured out the sleeping thing pretty early.

By three weeks, he had put in his first ‘sleep through the night’ (it should be noted that ‘sleeping through the night’ is considered to be any five consecutive hours of sleep, for Parker, it was more like 6-7), typically sleeping from about 10 or 10:30 to 5 or 6. Eventually, he demanded a longer night’s sleep and started sleeping at 9, with generally one wake-up around 3:30 or 4. In the past few weeks, he’s been going to bed at 8 and sleeping straight through to 6 or 7 a.m.

But last night was the true sign that our son had figured out sleeping. He was put to bed at 8, and around 11:30, we started to hear him stir on the monitor, after about 5 minutes, he started whimpering. After another 5 minutes, I prepared to go in and get him, or at least comfort him back to sleep. But as I stood up…silence. He had put himself back to sleep after being fully awake. He did this again around the 3:30 range with the same result.

Words can’t describe how exciting it is when your child has figured out how to put him/herself back to sleep. Yes, it was only one night, and yes, there are going to be a lot of trying times of the course of his overall sleep patterns, but seeing and hearing him do that last night was a very proud moment for his parents.

His First Holiday Season/Rice Cereal

We started the holiday season a little early in our family this year.

Last weekend, and perhaps in part to our fantastic mood after Ohio State beat Penn State, we put up our Christmas tree. Some may ask, why so early, Bryants?

Well the holiday season tends to be a whirlwind for us, we don’t spend either Thanksgiving or Christmas in Columbus, so we wanted to maximize Parker’s holiday festivities. Turns out it was a brilliant idea, as Parker loves the tree, the lights, the ornaments, everything. In fact, the tree has become somewhat of a consoler in our house, as on multiple occassions when Parker has started to get fussy, taking him over to the tree turns his fussiness in wide-eyed wonderment. Parker is really going to enjoy the holiday season, so we might as well get him started early.

In other big news, he ate his very first ‘solid food’ yesterday with rice cereal. Technically rice cereal isn’t introduced until the 4th month, but the pediatrician didn’t seem to have any strict timeline on how early it could be introduced, and he has shown the behavioral steps indicating that he was ready for the big step. Parker loved it and actually did a pretty good job consuming it. I think to him it’s fun to eat something off a spoon. Right now, he gets a tablespoon after his morning feeding and has done great two days in a row.

This weekend we’ll be taking him to his final OSU tailgate of the season. It’s crazy because for next season’s tailgates, he’ll be so much more interactive and aware.

First Weekend Away

Last weekend was the first weekend we were away from Parker for any extended period of time.

His grandparents  graciously offered to keep him for a weekend. It was extremely difficult ‘letting go’ of him for the first time. For first-time parents, the prospect of someone else getting him to sleep, feeding him, picking him up when he cries, etc. is a little nervewracking, even if at the hands of experienced grandparents.

But it was good for us and good for him. We spent a lot of time together, got to go to the Ohio State game on Saturday, and stayed up late watching bad horror movies. He got to spend time one-on-one with his grandparents, go trick-or-treating with his cousins, and just get some time away from his parents.

He was, apparently, an angel the entire time. Sleeping through the night, keeping fussing to a minimum, all that good stuff. Speaking of sleeping through the night, Parker has been sleeping consistently 8-10 hours straight for over a week now. We’ve finally put him into a routine that seems to maximize his and our energy and happiness.

He’s growing like a weed, wearing only 3-6 month clothes now, moved up a size in diapers, smiling, talking, and laughing even more. He spends more hours awake, likes taking a long nap during the day, and several small cat naps. At 9 o’clock he wants to be in his crib.

The holiday season approaches and we look forward to spending our first one with him. It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since we found out we were pregnant, and now we’re about to spend our first Thanksgiving and Christmas with him. We might even put up the tree later this week.

But, as always, things are good in the family. Enjoying every day we have.