so julia and i can’t really complain because people have it way worse than us, but nathaniel has developed a real annoying habbit. every night he wakes up around 4am hungry. i guess we can’t fault him since he goes to bed around 7pm, and 9 hours is a pretty decent chunk of time to sleep, but seriously, it’s very inconsiderate of him.
we tried a new strategy of keeping him awake until closer to 8 or 8:30. those results were interesting. he woke up at 1:30. then again at 4. so how do we deal with this? we alternate nights of who gets to sit with him to feed him a bottle. damn julia and her giving up breast feeding. he used to always sleep until we woke up in the morning until she stopped. or maybe i’m remembering it completely wrong, who knows.
on the bright side, as soon as he eats a little bit he falls right back asleep until we’re up for the morning.
i set up nathaniel’s musical table the other day. while he it’s a little tall for him to see what he’s hitting on it while he’s sitting down, he has found another fun activity – crawling underneath. everywhere he goes, one of the first things he does is go exploring for what he can or cannot get himself under. his personal favorite is still coffee tables, but he goes under end tables and play tables just the same. if he ever managed to get himself into our dining room before we stopped him, i’m sure we’d find him under a chair or two as well.
we’ve been experimenting a little bit more with some new foods as well. tonight, julia fed him his first yogurt. apparently he went crazy for it, much like he does for mangos. watching nathaniel get crazy over food is pretty amusing. he goes completely insane if you don’t feed him fast enough. the other day he was leaning towards me semi-yelling until i put another spoonful in his mouth.
that seems to be something nathaniel has been trying out on us lately as well. he’ll cry an awful lot if he doesn’t get what he wants. someone really should have informed him that both of his parents are ridiculously stubborn and can tune out a lot of noise. when he’s tired, it’s very obvious. he does his very best to try to fight sleep when we first put him down. usually he’ll cry for about 3-5 minutes before he’s passed out unconscious. it’s a rough couple of minutes for us, as well as him, but i guess it’s what we have to do.
nathaniel has also had his fair share of fun new experiences the last couple days.
julia and i went over to jason and kristy’s house for a visit and nathaniel got to experience greyhounds for the first time. after he crawled for the first (prolonged) time on hands and knees and not just army crawling around the floor, he found a new friend in willow. ruby wasn’t really interested so she just went to her bed and took a nap, but willow stood guard of nathaniel for most of the time we were there.
nathaniel also got to go to a park for the first time. julia and nathaniel went out to lunch with one of julia’s friends and her 3 year old and 2 month old. afterward they decided to go to a playground to have some fun. nathaniel absolutely loved being on a swing, which probably isn’t too surprising since he loves being tossed in the air.
maybe we’re raising a daredevil.