Monday, January 5, 2009

I think I may have spoken too soon...

So sleep is alluding Paxton. Not all night, thank goodness, but until about 1 or 2 a.m. he is just fussy and can't get fixed. Needless to say, I'm a little tired! Any suggestions on how to teach him to soothe himself back to sleep? If he coughs too hard and wakes himself up, he starts crying b/c he seriously has no idea how to put himself back to sleep. It's pretty trying right now, to not get frustrated. I've been advised that he hasn't been home long enough to let him cry it out, but I was never any good at that anyways, so I'm sure it wouldn't have worked!

Today started back to some sense of normalcy in our house! Xavier went back to school and Brent actually went back to work! Tomorrow Naia goes back to school as well. It will be a quiet house with just Paxton around. It's weird that I never thought the house would be quiet with just one child at home before we left and I was home alone three days a week! Both of our kids really thrive in a routine house, so we keep things as routine as possible, hopefully this will also help Paxton adjust more as well. He is eating great though! The child eats more than either of the other two kids together! When he gets up, his little belly is so hard! Enjoy some more pictures!


Laura said...

Will he take a pacifier? or a blankie? Reagan would take neither at first but after trying several different pacis over and over, she finally fell in love and sooths herself well with them. She also learned to love a blankie in time. Now I'm just a little concerned that it may someday be hard to get rid of them =). We were also careful not to let Reagan cry it out (unlike with our bio kids) which was very trying and tiring at times but I think contributed to her quick bonding. I did a lot of holding, then patting, then crib-shaking, then slowly sneaking out of the room, soothing with my voice on the way to the door. He'll learn in time -- for your sake I hope it's sooner rather than later!

JBean said...

I have been following your blog recently. May I start by saying congratulations on your new son. I can't wait until we get to bring our baby home. I was reading your comments about the sleeping issues. I don't know if his foster family followed the traditional family style sleeping but I know many do. We lived in Korea for several years and found this to be a common practice. I don't know if this helps. Best of luck.

Heather said...

Here's our combination for Caleigh that worked after jet-lag was over...maybe one or the combination will work for you too!
Room darkening curtains plus a low glowing night light plus a cool air humidifier (adds low noise & it somehow drowns out any other noise from the kids or dogs in the house...I love it!) Best of luck...the first three weeks are rough on sleep! It gets better! he is absolutely adorable!

Heather M.
Home with Caleigh VN 6 months
Blake & Bryce Age 8 VN

Yvonne and Eric said...

Not sure if you're doing this, but we keep an eating/sleeping/diaper journal and it really helped us see the progress Matthew has made (even when it doesn't FEEL like it). Sometimes when you're "down in the trenches" it seems like there's no way out, but the journal helped us see that things actually WERE getting better. Good luck!