Monday, July 16, 2012

9 Month Baby Wise Update

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Yay an update that is practically 'on time'. I had the choice between spending this time updating our family blog or doing this update. I figured this was more time sensitive, so here I am.

The changes we implemented about 3 weeks ago have gone awesome. We made the changes I planned (lengthening the time between the morning and afternoon nap) on to help with our morning wake time and they pretty much fixed it. Occasionally he'll still wake up 20 minutes early and play, but rarely does he cry the whole time. Here's his 9 month schedule:

7:30 Wake, Nurse
8:30 Solids
9:30 Nap
11:30 Wake, Nurse
12:30 Soilds
2:30 Nap
4:00 Wake, Nurse
6:00 Solids
7:00 Nurse
7:30 Bed

We also moved bedtime up half hour. Since putting him down later wasn't helping his morning wake time we brought him back to his 7:30 bed time.

One thing that has come up this week was at his 9 month appointment he didn't gain too much the past 1.5 months. His total gain since 6 month as been good, but all of it was up until 7.5 months. I think this may be in part to dropping his 5th & 6th feeding rather abruptly. I still feel he's healthy and gaining weight, but just at a slower rate than before. His pediatrician wants us to come back in 6 weeks to check his growth. Our plan is to start adding more fattening foods to his diet like coconut oil, avocado, cheese, etc. I'm also going to try to add in a feeding after I get home from work. I don't think he'll eat a lot, but hopefully get a few extra calories in.

I just finished reading BW II. It's a great book. The best part may be the fact that we shouldn't have to change Elijah's schedule until at LEAST 15 months; most likely 18 months. This will be wonderful-that's seriously 9 months of consistency!!! I LOVE IT. We'll see of course, but it should be nice.

The other parts that I'm really enjoying is talking about training and obedience. Balancing between baby-proofing the house and house-proofing the baby. Elijah is already really good at understanding what NOT to touch. He still tests and pushes boundaries-he's going to be a mischievous one, but I can tell he knows.  It also focuses on purposing play time. Using it as a learning opportunity. Eljiah is already learning so quick. He knows bye bye, milk, all done, eat, and starting please. He can also clap!

I'm not sure how often I'll do BW updates now. If anything changes, I'll be sure to come back!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Independence Day

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I've always loved the 4th of July. It's a day after my birthday, so I've had a special bond with it. I usually remember what it's really about.  A day to celebrate our freedom, to be patriotic, and watch fireworks. I think it's good to remember though that the 4th of July is no mere day. It is our country's day of independence.

Something about this year made Independence Day mean more to me. Perhaps I'm getting older, understanding more about politics, war, sacrifices our military make. I believe a lot had to do with me being a mom now. As I watched the jet's fly over head before our city's celebration, tears flooded my eyes with pride. As we were staring at the sky with fireworks going off behind a waving lighted American Flag, my heart swelled. I held my scared and tired baby boy, so thankful to God that he was born in this country of pride, courage, bravery, sacrifice, and so much more. I'm grateful that God has provided for this country and has brought it through so much in the past years. I'm worried about what direction our country is going, what my son will have to deal with. I'm confident that the American people will stand though, for what is right, what is noble. It may take a while, and there may be people fighting against it, but I pray that it in the end people look back to July 4th, 1776 and remember what our fore fathers did for this country and bring us back to that station.

I found this quote that I absolutely love, and I feel it really brings back the reason for our celebrations:

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires an...d Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

*It says the second day because that when the declaration was written, however it wasn't accepted until the fourth day.