things and stuff: stats, yoga, gear, sleep, toys

As of his recent pediatrician appointment, the boy is 13 pounds 9 ounces and 26 and 1/2 inches long. Tall and skinny in baby-ese.

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Last week we tried a new mom-and-baby yoga class. This one was much more baby-focused than my usual.

Pink rose petals on the floor in the doorway, yellow flowers in vases and candles in holders scattered about, music playing as you enter. Four helpers scuttle around helping people get settled, signed in. Each yoga station has a mat, a pile of props, and a baby bed made from two pillows, a wool blanket folded, and a towel. Each bed has a blanket and an extra towel on top. You select your spot; a helper brings you two toys, one plush, one wooden, for baby, offers to remove your carseat to the other room. The first hour is all stretches and movements done while holding, swinging, and bending down and kissing the baby. Next we are instructed to strip the babies naked. The helpers come around with bowls and bottles of oils and we are led through a thorough baby massage. There’s a break in which we are nursing and the helpers offer swaddling blankets. Many babies fall asleep after this. The ones that don’t are offered a bounce on a ball with one of the helpers while the moms do an hour of mom-only poses. And at the end, we sing to the babies. All for only $16.

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I went to BRU this week to try out the cheaper options in stroller land. All I can say is: Will you still be my friend if I don’t go the sensible route? Abandon all reason, ye who enter into the land of high-end baby gear. And the people said ah-meyn and pulled out their credit cards.

No, I still haven’t decided on which jog/all-terrain stroller yet. Decisions are not my strong point.

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The boy took four naps today. FOUR! Two of them were nice and looooong. On Saturday he took one 2-1/2 hour nap and maybe one other quickie, I can’t remember. Today I was hanging out with a pregnant friend who was grilling me on baby care. Jonah was on his third nap of the day when we met up. Oh no, she said — does this mean he won’t sleep tonight? No, I said. Sleep begets sleep. Or at least that’s what THEY say. Or at least I’ve noticed that it hardly seems to matter what his nap pattern is, he still sleeps the same amount at night. Are there things that you do that work to help him to nap, or is it totally random? she asked. I’m going to go with random, I said. Oh, she said. There are things that we do, I said, that when they work you think: I am a superhero, and then sometimes they don’t work. Oh, she said, yeah.

And then I told her that other truth: The first three months it’s colic. After that it’s teething.

But I guess we do have some things that work, most of the time. Most of the time, if he’s tired, a stroller ride will get him to fall asleep. Or the car. The car fails more often than the stroller. Sometimes a bjorn or moby walk works — less often than stroller, more often than car. Once in a while, he’ll just fall asleep in my lap; usually if this happens, it’s during a moms group meeting. Like so:

And from another angle:

Almost every night, around 8p.m., Scott rocks and sings Jonah to sleep and then puts him down in the co-sleeper. We watch TV in the living room and then join him around 10:30. One night the rocking didn’t work and Scott brought him back out and handed him to me and he promptly fell asleep on my shoulder.

On Saturday, for the midday nap, we tried some aspects of a new technique we cribbed from the report from a mom in the moms group who’d hired a $100/hour sleep consultant (5 hour minimum), or rather Scott cribbed since I wasn’t around. He put Jonah on his side in the crib (pun unintended) with rolled up towels to bolster him, and let him fuss a bit and then went in and “reassured him,” and then let him fuss a bit more, and then after about two rounds of this, Jonah had fallen asleep.

The sleep consultant had used a shush-pat technique that sounds similar to the Baby Whisperer. I don’t know if Scott shush-patted, and he’s asleep now so I can’t ask.

It turns out the consultant had also prescribed the white noise machine, so I learned today in a follow-up email. We don’t have one of those though.

Counting Baby Whisperer, which I haven’t looked at in weeks, I now have three sleep books that I’ve partially skimmed. I don’t seem to have the attention span to actually read them. Which is why stealing tips from an expensive consultant via a friend’s success story email is so much more do-able.

Could what we are doing be called CIO? I don’t think so. But Scott’s early success with the variation on the shush-pat and reassure is emboldening. Of course we haven’t tried it and encountered the full out tortured-cry response… yet? We’ll see how we do if it gets to that. I still feel skeptical of the term “self-soothe.” Ugh. It may be true, who am I to say? But it gives me the willies.

Are we moving Jonah to his own room? So far, only for naps.

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Teething: The evidence.

Here’s a pic of the boy with my two recent favorite toys:

And — Boy in Hat with Crazy Crab:

12 comments for “things and stuff: stats, yoga, gear, sleep, toys

  1. May 5, 2008 at 4:40 am

    That yoga class sounds great and exhausting all at the same time. Do the babies like it? Should I be looking for one in my area?

    And can I just add that there is absolutely not a single easy thing about stroller buying – I have changed my registry no fewer then 17 times in three weeks.

    Cass’s last blog post..And now for the exhale

  2. May 5, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Re: shush-patting – I knew someone who was a Super-Nanny and had the magic shush-pat touch. I watched her do it. If it works for Scott then it will probably work for you. I think it’s much more connected and calming than hands-off CIO.

  3. May 5, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Wow, I can’t believe that yoga class! Sounds amazing.

    mayberry’s last blog post..Second-born, but never second-best

  4. May 5, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I am jonesing so hard for that baby yoga class right now. (She says from her office….blah.)

    Laura’s last blog post..Sunday

  5. May 5, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Jonah just gets cuter and cuter. With kids it seems like the general rule is : what works today might not work tomorrow. Good luck with your sleep techniques! In regards to the stroller, sometimes you just gotta splurge. LOL

    NoMasNinos’s last blog post..Why the world turns

  6. May 5, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Cass — definitely scope out the mom and baby yoga class options near you, if you have any interest in yoga (?) — it’s a great way to get out of the house after baby. I needed a place to go, a goal, to get me out, because getting out was so hard. And now I love getting the exercise and Jonah loves it too — he lolls around on his blanket and plays with toys and pretty ladies come along and pick him up and play with him or give him a tickle.

    Here’s my post about what it was like the first time I went (it was a little challenging).

    Laura — I missed you today!

    NMN — Thank you, and *blushing*

  7. May 6, 2008 at 4:44 am

    And ps the head-thrown-back-nap-on-lap pictures are s-o-o-o cute. What a sweetie.

  8. Gillian
    May 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Wow, that yoga class sounds *awesome!*

    As for the sleep, I am going for the ‘if it works for you, then it is just fine.’ theory.

    Read Baby Whisperer and felt dispirited as I wasn’t doing it ‘right.’ I *really* recommend Dr Sears ‘Baby Sleep Book,’ though. It is full of suggestions, options, ideas, and not one prescribed ‘you *must* do it this way, or else you will be doomed to years of sleeplessness’ dictat. And it is all about trying different ways and finding out what *your* baby is like. And he is pro co-sleeping, so suggests things that help with some of those unique sleep problems. I found it helpful and encouraging; and I think it might be your style, too…

  9. September 20, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    That sounds like an awesome class, I’m forwarding this post to some fellow yoga teachers for tips on how to do it right!

    Yoga Reviews’s last blog post..Listen to Unlimited Yoga Music

  10. Susan
    September 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Yoga is amazing for everyone, especially for us moms. I found cute, earth friendly yoga shirts that any of us would love.
    Check them out.

  11. July 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Wow! My yoga class can’t compare!! Think I will start making some suggestions!

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