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!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pious Ben

I've decided that 9 months in utero of being exposed to church, seminary classes, synod, etc has created quite a pious child. He is not having sleep issues....he's trying to tell us that he gave us sleep for Lent. He's using the extra time awake at night and during the day to ponder and reflect Christ's sacrifice....and we should be doing the same thing.

Ok...that's a joke but I guess there's some seriousness about it too. Maybe lack of sleep has finally gone to my head but I've decided to use this time as a growing period especially since it is Lent. Instead of complaining about lack of sleep I can actually use the extra time for good. It gives me extra time to pray for Ben- pray that we are wise in parenting him and pray that he grows to be a man of integrity (hoping he eventually grows out of his crib thumping too). I can pray for our dear friend, Mary who we went to visit yesterday who only a month ago was walking around our house with Ben playing with him and now is too weak from cancer to even be able to lift him. I can realize that parenting is a sanctifying thing....and pray for patience and wisdom for Brian and me. I can meditate on Christ's great sacrifice for us that washes away all my imperfection and sin and even little Ben's. Anyway...those are my thoughts this morning. My new resolution for Lent.

Update on last night.....not better but not worse. He didn't nap well yesterday so it was early to bed. Asleep (fell asleep quickly and hard) at 7. Screamed screamed screamed from 9:30-10:50ish. It didn't matter if Brian was holding him or if he was in his crib- he was determined to SCREAM. So scream he did. After almost an hour Brian just came back in the room and we let him scream. There wasn't anything left to do for him and being in there didn't help so we just let him cry. He fell asleep finally. He slept until 1ish when I fed him. Up again at 3 and Brian went in and calmed him down and got him to sleep. Up again at 4:45- I fed him again then (in hindsight probably shouldn't have). Asleep until we heard him at about 6:15 laughing his head off. Mom Roelofs bought us a mobile with little animals and lights and sounds and we hung it over his crib. I think it was finally light enough in the room that he could see it and was hysterically laughing at the mobile. Brian went in and turned the thing on so it was playing music and spinning and we got an extra half our of sleep and got to hear one happy camper kicking in his crib.

So night 2 of 3 is done. Tonight we'll do the exact same thing. Tomorrow we'll make a gradual change and do that exact same thing for 3 nights. At this really will take the rest of Lent to get the sleeping issues squared away.

By the way- it took me almost an hour to write this email/post due to an EXPLOSION. Diapering was a lot less complicated when he wasn't eating solids. Breastmilk poop is gross but no unbearable. Peas, butternut squash and breastmilk is highly unpleasant. Sanctifying.

Happy Thursday everyone.

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