Sunday, September 20, 2009

The off switch is in the tushy

We've had a rough couple of days - Micah woke up a few times this week at 11:00 pm, and has insisted on being cuddled for a little while. Since we missed him, we have humored him a bit. Unfortunately, the minute we separate from him, he wakes up and starts crying again. Rather than pick him back up, we've started "potching his tushy" - lightly patting his bottom. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this is comforting, or even desirable, but Micah seems to love it. I think I would deck anyone who did that to me. Unfortunately, Micah's "off" switch is apparently in his tush - he only stays asleep and still while someone is patting his bottom! DH and I have each taken turns, and the process can go on forever. The minute we stop, his cute little head pops up, he takes a hand and reaches around to his own tush and starts patting it, or he reaches out to our hand to grab it and pull it back or to pat it - clearly indicating that the patting must resume.

Today was particularly harsh - Micah woke up crying at 5:00 am. I guess he must have been hungry. I went in to comfort him, but all he wanted was to crawl into my arms. I tried to take him back into our bed to see if snuggling would put him to sleep, but no such luck. I finally had DH make a bottle, and he guzzled all of it right down, but still no sleep. He stayed awake until 10:30 am before taking a nap! Of course, that messed up our whole schedule. Today was the second day of Rosh Hashana, and we were supposed to go back to synagogue for services. Micah slept until after 12, and when he woke up, I quickly gave him a bottle and lunch and we ran over to services. We arrived just in time...for it to end. Oh well - next year we'll try again.

Anyway, Micah took a great nap this afternoon, but he was a bit tough to put to bed. He just woke up a few moments ago, and I hope he is down for the night. Let's hope he sleeps until at least 7:30 tomorrow!

We've actually had a great holiday - we had dinner with my family on Friday night, and Micah got to spend time with his Aunt, Uncle and cousins. On Saturday, Micah slept late (until 9:00), and he fell asleep in the stroller on our way to synagogue. He was pretty good during services, although he felt the need to sing along - much to the chagrin of some of the people there. Overall, he was very well-behaved, and I was impressed he was able to stay as long as he did. He took another nap for about 30 minutes before we left services, and he drank his bottle on the walk home. He had a big lunch, and then we went back to my parents' house for dinner. We actually took some time that afternoon to visit one of my parents' neighbors - a close family friend. Their daughter was in town, and the grandmother was there, and everyone was thrilled to spend some time with Micah.

Tomorrow is Micah's 9 month appointment, and we are back to the work/daycare grindstone. What a crazy week! I have to leave for Orlando on Tuesday, and I'll be gone until Thursday. I hope DH can handle the time alone with Micah!

2 comments:

lowfatlady said...

Glad you had a great holiday. That is cute about having to pat his bottom to calm him. I hope that he lets you sleep a bit more and is able to be comforted.

ICLW

Tara said...

My Ruby is just past 9 months old and that bottom patting thing is the surefire way to get her to sleep when all else fails. I have to pat her so hard that it almost jolts her! I don't get what's so comforting about it either, but hey - whatever works, right?!

Good luck this week getting back to work.

~ICLW