And Then There Were Four

We're creating this blog because it's the cool thing to do when people are having a baby. Just kidding, really we already have a hard enough time keeping up with everyone we want to, and our lives are about to get even more wonderfully busy. We can't wait - and we want you guys to be able to share in it too, so we both plan on reporting on it. Read at your own risk, and hopefully you'll enjoy it!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

One Small Step For Babies....One Giant Leap for Benjamin maybe it's not as monumental as Neil Armstrong walking on the moon but for our household it's pretty darn close :) Keep reading.....

Benjamin was super cranky yesterday afternoon due to a missed nap so he was ready for bed much earlier than normal. Of course he fussed and fussed and I finally got him bathed, in pj's and settled down when he pooped and exploded out of his outfit. So off it came and the screaming resumed. In clean pj's and settled down again, I put him in his crib without feeding him. He was wide awake and on the verge of a breakdown. I gave him "lovey" and his pacifier and sat in the rocking chair waiting until I had to do my "Mommy to the rescue" thing. He moved around a bit....he kicked the crib a few times....he vocalized a bit.....then.....the beautiful sound of silence. Ahhhhh. And this sound continued until (drum roll....) 12:30!!!!!!!!!! Five and a half hours of uninterrupted sleep for little man! I kept waiting for him to cry but it never happened. I heard him move several times and normally moving is followed closely by crying but it never happened. I went in and fed him at 12:30 and heard no more peeps until 4. Fed him again at 4 and slept again until we heard happy cooing from the nursery at 6:30. Most of the time he wakes up crying but this morning he was turtledoving in his crib, happily staring at the mobile, the dots on the cribsheet or whatever else was so amusing.

So needless to say- this was a breakthrough night for Benjamin. Who knows if it'll last. Maybe tomorrow's post will be another "he was up 9 times" kind of deal but for now, we'll take what we can get! After a nice morning of pancakes and watching the rain fall outside, Ben is down for morning nap and all is quiet in the Roelofs' house. Brian is on the couch engrossed in a George R.R. Martin book and I'm sipping green tea debating a run in the rain. Happy day for us. Hope you all find yourself in a similar state this morning.

As of Benjamin and his friend, Clare :)

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