Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mr. Mom

With Erin going back to work, today is day #1 as "Mr. Mom." I'm not quite sure how this is all going to work out, I'm a bit nervous about it, to be honest. I busted my butt the 1st three days of the week so I wouldn't have much work for Thursday and Friday. My work is going to have to get done during naps and in the evenings when Erin is home. My meetings will now have an extra little guy who will be hanging out in the carseat. The first set of errands Dawson and I need to do is continue visiting sponsors for GCT. It should be fun to introduce him to sponsors, since GCT is what lead us to Dawson.

Fitting with my mostly disciplined approach to life, I just finished reading the book Babywise. We've been very effective at getting Dawson on a 3 hour feeding schedule but not so great at a consistent napping schedule. So, I've got some work ahead of me in the next 5 weeks. Unfortunately or fortunately for my little boy (unfortunate in the short-term, fortunate in the long-term) I'm determined to let him cry for awhile so he can learn how to put himself to sleep. A half-hour till nap time is upcoming, there will likely be some tears shed...


Aaron Bonham said...

No need to cry Donnie, Dawson will still be there when you wake up from your nap.

Anonymous said...

Try sleeping with him in your bed. Less crying and it helps him bond to you. It will also allow him to sleep through the night much quicker. We have done that with all 3 kids and that works great for us.

Donnie Miller said...

Sorry I was slow to respond but that was a hilarious comment!

Thanks for the advice, however the problem isn't Dawson sleeping at night but not wanting to take naps. After finishing "Babywise" I was convinced I need to force a nap schedule but I'm now reading "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and the Dr./Author says up till 4 months, babies sleep patterns are determined by biology. It's not until 4 months that parents influence their child's sleep patterns.
So, at 4 months, maybe that's when the battle for naps will begin. But I'm determined, even if he cries, my boy is going to get the sleep he needs to his brain gets the necessary growth periods.