The past few months with Shipton have completely flown by! Shipton is adjusting and has grown not only physically, but emotionally as well. Here are a few things we really liked about our parenting choices for his fourth trimester...
*SWADDLING: Shipton LOVED to be swaddled. For the first month or so he hated to be unswaddled. That was a bit tricky because we need to change his diaper and clothes and bathe him. We purchased these swaddlers from walmart instead of new baby blankets. He loved it. We loved them too because they were so easy to use and we could get him as snug as he wanted. You put baby down into the bottom like a sleeping bag then velcro the sides. VWALA...swaddled! Little by little he didn't need swaddling until now he loves using his hands while he is awake and sleeps soundly without swaddling.
*BABY WEARING: Shipton really needed the continuity of being close to us, especially his Mama. This gave him the security he craved, but also freed up my hands to be able to do what I needed to with the other kids or with preparing meals and house work. Initially we held or baby wore Shipton most of the time during the day. I think this was really important to his emotional development. Now he sleeps in his crib for naps if we are home. It's also how I make it through shopping trips with the four kids myself. It's also how we get through our church meetings too. We have a Mai Tie and also a Moby. The Mai Tie is faster to get him into, but the Moby has been more comfortable for longer times I baby wear.
|REAL men baby wear. Haha! :) He has learned the value of 2 hands. He is just unwilling to wear the polka-dots so flips the wrap around and wears the solid side.|
|His little head peeking out and his chubby little legs kicking out were too cute to not grab a snapshot.|
About a month ago he started kicking around to the point the he was rolling into our bed. If I am nursing and doze off, I sleep lightly because I know he is there. It really startled me to find him rolled into our bed when he would wake up for the next feeding. After 2 nights we decided it wasn't working for us and we put the 4th side of the crib back on....then his legs were getting caught between the bars. His thighs are so chubby he couldn't get them back out again! That lead for a few more sleepless nights. THEN we figured out we just needed to dress him in a sleeper (it's like a night-gown with a sleeping bag for the bottom), so his legs can't even get into the bars. Ahhhh....that's working for us. He still usually ends up spending part of the night in bed with me. We are happy with our sleeping choices for his first few months.
|This is the closest picture to co-sleeping I have. Big brother is on our bed, Shipton is in his own bed in this picture.|
|Look at that fat baby smile! He seems proud of his Mama-milk-made fat rolls. :)|
*KEEPING HIM WITHIN 9 FEET OF MOM FOR THE FIRST 40 DAYS: This was pretty interesting. In trying out aspects of conscious pregnancy (yoga lifestyle), my yoga teacher recommended this. When a woman is pregnant, he aura expands to accommodate the new life she is carrying. Both baby's and Mom's auras mesh together during pregnancy. The aura only reaches a 9 foot radius. Keeping baby within that area ensures baby has a transitioning time and is still meshing while simultaneously adjusting to life earth-side. We stayed within 9 feet of each other during that time.
I am thankful we have taken the past few months slowly and really soaked him in. We have absolutely loved having Shipton in our home! I cannot believe how quickly time has gone by and how much he has already changed. He is becoming more of the vibrant and happy baby I sensed he was when I carried him.
We are so grateful to be caring for this sweet little guy and we are blessed to have him in our home.