Maverick Update

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HELLO FRIENDS, AND HAPPY HUMP DAY. TODAYS BLOG POST IS ALL ABOUT MAVERICK AND WHATS HAPPENING WITH HIM. LET'S TALK ABOUT ATTITUDE. MAVS GOT A TON OF IT. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I LOVE HIM TO PIECES. HE'S SUCH A SMART, SWEET BOY. HE HAS TO HAVE HIS WAY OR HE'LL JUST SCREAM AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS. HE'S BEEN EXTREMELY NEEDY/WHINY LATELY AND IS TRYING TO CLUSTER FEED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. HELP!!. I KNOW THIS IS JUST A PHASE, BUT IT'S BEEN A VERY TRYING TIME FOR EVERYONE IN OUR HOUSEHOLD. I'M NOT GOING TO LIE, I'VE BEEN SO STRESSED OUT ABOUT IT THAT IVE CRIED MY EYES OUT IN THE SHOWER A FEW TIMES THIS WEEK. JUST KIND OF QUESTIONING THE WAY WE'VE RAISED HIM. I CONTINUE TO ASK MYSELF IF IM DOING SOMETHING WRONG, HAVE I SPOILED HIM? IVE HEARD THAT ISN'T POSSIBLE BUT A PART OF FEELS LIKE THATS SUCH A LIE.

THINGS THAT ARE HELPING TO KEEP HIM CALM ARE IF I GET DOWN ON HIS PLAY MAT AND READ HIM BOOKS, OR BECOME HIS PERSONAL JUNGLE GYM. GOING ON LONG WALKS TO THE DOG PARK, AND LETTING HIM SNUGGLE ME IN BED AFTER A GOOD NAP. I HAVE TO KEEP TELLING MYSELF THAT THIS WILL PASS, AND THAT I NEED TO JUST BREATHE.

I ALSO WANTED TO SHARE HIS CURRENT NAP SCHEDULE. I FIRST FOUND OUT ABOUT APPROPRIATE NAP/WAKE TIMES FROM A GF WHEN MAV WAS ABOUT FIVE MONTHS OLD. I DIDNT START IMPLEMENTING ANY KIND OF SLEEP TRAINING INTO OUR DAILY ROUTINE BECAUSE IT STRESSED ME OUT SO BADLY WHEN HE CRIED. SO I WAITED AND STARTED WITH MORNING NAPS THEN MOVED TO BED TIME. SINCE NAP AND WAKE TIMES VARY BY AGE, THIS IS CURRENTLY WHAT WERE DOING NOW THAT HES 8 MONTHS GOING ONTO 9 IN 4 DAYS (HOLY SHIT!!)

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A TYPICAL DAY IN OUR HOUSEHOLD INCLUDING HIS NAP SCHEDULE LOOKS LIKE;

-WAKE UP. BF. EAT BREAKFAST TOGETHER. PLAY TIME

-NAP AFTER 2 HOURS AWAKE

                              -WAKE UP. BF. PLAY TIME. GO FOR A WALK. RUN ERRANDS                                                                 -NAP AFTER 3 HOURS AWAKE

-WAKE UP. REPEAT ABOVE BUT THIS TIME WE EAT LUNCH TOGETHER

-NAP AFTER 3 HOURS AWAKE

-WAKE UP. TAKE GOOSE FOR A LONG WALK TO THE PARK. START PREPARING DINNER. PLAY WITH DADDY. DINNER TIME. BATH TIME. BED TIME.

BEFORE WE DECIDED TO START SLEEP TRAINING MAV, HE WOULD BE AWAKE FOR LONG STRETCHES OF TIME DURING THE DAY. HE REFUSED TO TAKE NAPS, AND THAT RESULTED IN HIM WAKING AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE PAST WEEK AND A HALF, HES NORMALLY PRETTY HAPPY, AND ITS BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH SLEEP HE GETS.

DEPENDING ON WHAT TIME HE WAKES UP FROM HIS LAST NAP OF THE DAY, HES IN BED BETWEEN 6-7. HES AWAKE AROUND MIDNIGHT O FEED, THEN WILL GO BACK TO BED UNTIL ABOUT 5-6 AM. RECENTLY JONATHAN AND DECIDED WERE GOING TO LET HIM CRY HIMSELF BACK TO SLEEP AROUND MIDNIGHT SO HE STARTS GETTING MORE SLEEP DURING THE NIGHT. WISH US LUCK!

OVERALL, BEING A MOM IS SO REWARDING. WATCHING HIM GROW AND DISCOVER NEW THINGS IS FUN FOR BOTH OF US AND I DON'T THINK I'LL TIRE OF IT. HE'S EXTREMELY CURIOUS, AND I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW BRAVE HE'LL BE WHEN HE STARTS WALKING.

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