Around 3-4 weeks, Cole stopped being the perfect baby that he was during the first 3 weeks and started screaming for 3 hours every night. It was horrible. We took him to the doctor, and sure enough, the dr told us it was textbook colic. The thing about colic that sucks is that not only can you not doing anything to soothe your baby during their crying fits, but the medical world still doesn't really know what it is, what causes it, and why some babies have it. What was really hard, is he would start right around the time Jon came home from work, and that's time to the go the gym, so Jon would be stuck with a screamer for an hour or two while I escaped and got my running done. Luckily this phase didn't last too long....
Around 10 weeks, we were able to establish a good routine, and started to notice the night time crying stopping. Around 8, he gets a bath with Johnson's bedtime sleep bath, then a full massage with their sleep lotion. I swaddle him from the waist down, and then he gets his last feed of the day. We keep the lights down, the tv low and talk quiet. When he's done eating, I rock him for about 10-15 minutes to our nighttime playlist... Van Morrison "These are the Days", Simon and Garfunkel "The Boxer", "Make up Kisses" from the PS I love You Soundtrack, and the William Ross score from the "My Dog Skip" soundtrack. The room is dark and it's just me, cole, and the dog at our feet. (Jon is usually downstairs during this time making dinner for he & I). Cole falls asleep and I put him down right at 9, and usually (usually) don't hear from him until 3:30 a.m. when he wakes up to feed. Then I get about an hour or 2 with my hubby before I'm too tired to function and have to go to sleep. I usually wake up right on cue at 3 and pump. If he wakes up before I do, I feed him and then pump. After this feed, many nights I bring Cole into our room and he'll cosleep or sleep in the bassinet. He does fine in his crib for those first 6 hours of the night, but for some reason after his middle of the night feed, he sleeps better in our room. 50% of the time, I'll get him to go back into his crib until morning. He usually gets up around 7.
He is such a happy baby now. He doesn't really nap during the day... I'll get 20-30 min here or there and in that time, I race around and pick up, do laundry, sweep and mop, etc. I'm a chronic over-cleaner and especially now that he's here, I am constantly running around trying to keep the house picked up. Sometimes i put him in the bumpo and set him on the counter and he'll just sit there and watch me clean.
When he's not eating, we're usually playing. He smiles, laughs, talks, babbles... this is his favorite toy.. He could sit under here and bat and laugh at the animals all day long.
Mady is really coming around to Cole. She's very protective and keeping a watchful eye. And sometimes we catch her doing this....
Cole loves Mady too. He watches her every move and laughs at her all the time. And the other day he found out that her tail is quite fun.
That's pretty much our days around here lately. We're hoping for some warmer days soon so we can take the stroller out and mommy can run outside. I have the best running stroller ever and I cannot wait to log some major miles on it. We did break it out yesterday and took a walk into downtown for some lunch. Our first family walk.
Oh and I can't forget! We had our first family date night recently. Jon and I took Cole over to the bowling alley right by our house. I dressed him up in his bowling gear and shoes and we played a game. Cole was the hit of the alley and mom and dad had a great time having a cocktail and showing our little guy how to bowl.
It was a great, great time! Love my little family.