Battle one: to eliminate Kenny’s growing obsession with getting to watch TV every day. Call? Victory! We just completed 11 days of no TV watching, and we celebrated by letting Kenny watch an episode of Boz while I was busy with Cooper. Though it took several days of him still begging for a cartoon, the simple answer, “It’s No TV Week!” quelled him and eventually he stopped asking. Not only that, but he’s been playing 100% better by himself when I’m with Cooper. He’s back to his imaginary games and looking through picture books and such, and not so much getting into my hair and begging to be entertained.
Battle two: Get Cooper to nap longer than 45 minutes. Call? Lost. Still no napping longer than 30 to 45 minutes, though I have at least moved most of the naps to his bed instead of the swing. As for letting him go to sleep at naptime on his own, that’s still a failure, too. Our pediatrician said to let him cry for up to an hour. So I did, and still no nap. But I pick him up, jiggle him for a minute and set him in the swing and it’s snooze-ville. For 45 minutes.
Battle three: Get Cooper back to sleeping through the night. Call? So far so good! I’ve had much better nights since putting him down later (after an evening nap from 8 to 9 or s0, then nursing and putting him down for good at 10), and last night he slept for 10 hours straight. Yahoo!
Ah, but today was a sleepless one for the Mini Coop. He took ONE nap (of 45 minutes) and he’s still up. It’s 8:00 PM now. Actually, he’s starting to doze on Casey’s chest in front of Monday Night Football. I’m emotionally wrought, as much of the day was spent listening to him wail and cry… even the jiggles and the swing were no help today. Hm. Maybe the 10-hour night was all he needed??? right.
We actually had quite a scare today with Kenny. We were in the midst of making dinner and Cooper was being such a pill, I took him upstairs to try again to put him down, and left Kenny downstairs with Casey. Casey had to take a business call, but Kenny was playing in the room with him, so all was fine. Until suddenly as I came downstairs and Casey hung up the phone and we both looked at each other and said, “Where’s Kenny?” We raced through the house, looked outside (Casey had been grilling) and we couldn’t find him or hear him. Finally, Casey walked into the guest room where our washer and dryer are, and heard a muffled whimper. Kenny had crawled into the dryer to hide, and managed to shut the door and was stuck.
Talk about stopping your heart. He was probably in there no more than three or four minutes, but who knows how long before he would have suffocated?? Casey gave him a huge hug of relief, then a sound spank, which Kenny almost seemed happy to get after his scare. Then we went over where he is NEVER allowed to hide, and reminded him that when he wants to play hide-and-seek, he needs to make sure that we know he’s hiding. My heart is still pounding.
And Cooper is wailing again, so off I go…
By the way, my writing will be fairly sporatic over the next two weeks… we are going to California for my grandma’s memorial service, then off to Florida to be with Casey’s family for Thanksgiving. I don’t know how much computer time I’ll find over the next two weeks, but stay tuned!