Daddy's Pride / Sleeping

  • Waking Up

    The past few mornings I found myself wanting to sleep longer. I guess it has something to do with the days becoming shorter, the nights becoming longer, and the weather being cooler. So, when I go to wake up the little man I can tell he's on the same page as I am. He does not want to get out of bed....he just wants to stay under the covers. And honestly, I don't want to wake him up. He sleeps peacefully, and looks cozy. I feel that he should just sleep until he wakes himself up. However, either my wife or I has to do the dirty work, and wake him up so he can get to school on time. Someone must wake up sleeping beauty, or in this case...the sleeping dragon :) I guess this is part of parenthood. Do things you really don't want to do even if it is something so minor like waking up a child from an awesome dream.

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  • 10 Hours

    The little man has been sleeping for 10 hours straight for the past 1 week, and this is great news. I want him to get as much sleep as he can so he will function better, grow, and get all the healthy benefits that are attributed from sleeping. Plus, this gives my wife and I sometime to relax, and maybe do some housework. :) Now, I don't know how this happened, so I cannot give concrete solutions on ways to get your child to sleep. Perhaps it's my son's activity level at school which tires him out or the winter months are forcing him to hibernate. Regardless, what I do know is that I just accept and take advantage of these fortunate events, and enjoy a sleeping child. Maybe this is his Christmas gift to us. :)

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  • Catnap

    From all the parents that I have met, they all seem to have one common belief. They believe in the cardinal rule of not waking up a sleeping baby. I have no clue what age range this applies to children, perhaps its from newborn to a one year old, or even older. However, as of last night I think all babies and toddlers should be woken up from their mid-day catnap so that they will go to bed on time. Yesterday my son had an extended nap, and as a result he was wide awake around 10:30pm. Since I couldn't force him to sleep, and did not want to stress over something I cannot really control, I just let him play in the living room. Eventually he did get tired, and everything worked out, but at the end of the day I prefer to have him go to bed at a reasonable hour, and skip the cat nap. So, think twice about letting your child sleep longer than they should during the day. :)

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  • Sleeping Park

    Taking the little man out right before bedtime has been working like a charm. Going to peaceful places, such as the park, really relaxes him. Here he is looking at the boat, but soon after all he wanted was to be carried, and go to sleep. Perhaps, the park bores him at this hour, but I will take it. :) It beats trying to get an active, over tired child to sleep.     

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  • Basketball Not Boring

    A long, long, long time ago when our son was just born, I use to put him to sleep by watching basketball games. I would just hold him while watching the game, and he would easily doze off. I think basketball ball games kind of bored him. Well, I recently started to doing that again, such as last night. I tried to put him to bed while watching the New York Knicks play to get him to fall asleep, but he just stayed awake. He stared at the people running around as they were passing and shooting the orange ball. My goal of trying to bore him back fired. I guess he now might be interested in basketball.

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  • Fall Back

    During last year's daylight savings time, we did not really get to enjoy turning the clock back one hour. We were new parents back then, which meant we were up all night taking care of the little one. We probably needed an extra five hours of sleep...not one hour. So, yesterday I made sure to enjoy my extra hour. Unlike most people who tend to sleep in on Sunday, I made good use of the extra hour by going to bed earlier. I guess this is what you have to do when you have a little one waking you up in the morning.

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  • Sleep Anywhere And Anytime

    Yesterday my son and I watched the first game of the NBA finals. I was really excited, however my son thought it was pretty boring. He fell asleep in the middle of the first quarter. He must have been pooped out from all the playing around we did prior to tip-off. I was pretty happy that he fell asleep at a normal hour, but for some reason he has been falling asleep in the weirdest places as of late. As I wrote in yesterday's blog, he recently fell asleep in his high chair. Also, he fell asleep in my wife's arms which is not normal. He's always very excited to be with his mommy, and does not want to hit the sack when she's around. So, my temporary conclusion to all this sleeping in random places is that he finally needs his beauty sleep, and wants to sleep, or he's becoming more like his daddy to have the ability to sleep anywhere and anytime.

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  • Moving Machine

    I think I found the secret to getting my son to move around less and relax during the evening time. I just tire him out all day, so he has no energy. Its obvious that my son gets tired because his love for jumping comes to a halt. His legs lose all power. Even though he wants to hop around his body says no. It’s kind of like he’s performing the last few reps of squats, but needs assistance to get the full extension. The only downfall about my new discovery is that it requires my wife and I to get tired too. We need to exert ourselves during the day as well. I guess as parents we have to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

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  • Eventful Night

    Have you ever stayed at a hotel, and your neighbors made so much noise that you had to shift rooms? Well, last weekend we were those people that made a lot of noise. Our son was crying so much because he was teething. That night his teeth popped out from his gums. He was in a great deal of pain. I felt bad for him. Actually, I felt bad for everyone; my son, wife, and neighbors. My son was uncomfortable, my wife was tired, and my neighbors paid good money to stay in a hotel room, but could not get any sleep. To help relieve the situation, I decided to take my son down to the lobby. Perhaps a little stroll would help him fall asleep or at least he would find some amusement in watching people. Right when we left our room, we ran into my neighbor who was shifting rooms. It was embarrassing. I was face to face with someone who did not look happy, and who was very tired. However, I am quite happy I ran into the person. I had the opportunity to apologize for the raucous we caused, even though my neighbor did not want to deal with me or even look at me. Once I got everything off my chest we were on our way. At the lobby, my son stayed calm, but gave me evil looks for about 1 hour. He was not in a good mood. I guess this is the life of a father. Enjoy the times when your child laughs, but enjoy trying to lift up his spirits.

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  • Sleeping More

    I know it has been a while since I last blogged, however today I will start my daily blog again. Nowadays, our son seems to be sleeping more at night. This is wonderful because I don’t think we could have kept up with the sleepless nights. I wish we knew how he made this transition from not sleeping to sleeping so that I can pass this information to all of you, but I cannot. It just happened. All I can say is that I truly believe that he’s the king, and he finally told us that we can finally go to sleep. Now that I am getting plenty of rest, I will continue to blog about my life as a dad.

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  • 1 Hour

    I have to congratulate my son for sleeping so well these past few days. He has only been waking up once per night! This is such a vast improvement from waking up about 4x per night…that’s about every 2 hours. Now we just need to kick our son’s 1 hour play time habit at 3am. For some strange reason, this kid of ours is so wide awake, and ready to party. He looks at everything from the pictures high up on the wall to the night lights that are by our feet. For those that have any advice on getting our child back to bed quickly, please share.

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  • It Worked

    I guess compulsion works!!! All you have to do is look directly into your child’s eyes, and say exactly what you want him or her to do. Our son slept 6 hours last night and fell asleep today at 10 pm. Wooohooo! Hope this lasts.?

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  • Rockabye Baby

    I never really understood the value of a rocking chair until my son came along. My wife hates rocking chairs as she gets motion sickness, but our baby seems to love going back and forth. I guess he got my genes. Every night I rock my son to take away his night time crankiness and it lulls him to sleep or at least eases him into a peaceful state of mind. Now a days I watch television while sitting on the rocking chair, rather than on our bed or sofa. I guess I’m enjoying the chair as much as my son. I would have never guessed that rocking chairs are so comfortable, but I should have realized this since they have been around for ages. This classic tool to sooth babies rocks!

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  • Party Time

    Last night my son and I danced all night long. We danced so much that he was begging me to put him to bed. He kept making these expression that screamed “daddy, I don’t want to party anymore!!….you win!!! I want to go to get my beauty sleep.”

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  • Go to Sleep

    Starring at the ceiling at 3am! Please go to sleep son.

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  • Finally, a Little More Sleep

    My son finally slept last night. Woohoo! He slept for 2-3 hour intervals. Now I know this does not sound like a good night sleep, but this is better than him staying awake for 4-5 hours at a time. I am so energized that I am actually writing this blog in the morning. I hope this trend continues. In retrospect, who knew that before our son was in our lives that getting six hours of uninterrupted sleep would be priceless. So, today I have to congratulate our son for giving mummy and daddy less dark circles. You made us really happy today. Thanks!

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  • At His Mercy

    Just when you think you figured out something, you realized you still have no clue. Over time my wife and I figured out our son’s sleeping pattern, at least we thought. He usually sleeps three hours than needs to eat, change, eat, change over a one hour period. So, the other night we both woke up at 2:45am, and we were ready for him to wake up at 3am. However, he tricked us. He did not wake up until an hour later at 3:45am! We spent an hour watching him wondering if each sigh would lead to his eyes popping open. We lost even more sleep that night. We probably should have woken him up 3am, but someone told us never to wake up a sleeping baby. I guess we are still at his mercy.

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  • Wishful Thinking

    10:00 PM: He finally went to bed at 10pm! This is a miracle! I don’t know what my wife and I did, but I will take it. Was it due to his mom giving him a nice hot bath? Was it the Giants playing awful against the Saints? Or did I bore him by singing him his ABC’s 100x? 10:15 PM: I guess it was none of the above. The beast has woken up!

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  • Naps

    Thank goodness for naps! I have never been one to take naps, however since having this little one, I have learned the value of napping. These short periods of rest have recharged me. Since I am not used to napping it takes a while for me to go to sleep. Then it takes me a while to wake up. Some might think I am sleeping rather than napping. I guess I have a lot to learn about napping. If I have one regret in my preparation of becoming a daddy, I wish I learned how to nap. So, for all you future daddies and mommies, learn how to nap when you have a chance. It is a treasured skill.

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  • Smiling

    My son has a tendency to smile in his sleep. The wife and I are always wondering what is he smiling about? What is he thinking about? Does he know some inside joke, and is happy that we are left out in the cold? Is he a mastermind, and is thrilled to have us run around meeting his every demand? Is he simply just happy to be warm and clean? So he smiles, and he tends to smile for a while. Even though we wonder what he is dreaming about, we cannot help but smile too. We are a smiling family.

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