|Ben and I went for a date on a Friday after work to get sushi. Well, he mostly just chewed on this drink top while I ate sushi.|
Flash forward to now, and here is our bedtime routine: after dinner, Ben gets a bath around 6pm. After his bath, I wrangle him into his diaper and PJs. He is a big pain in the patoot about this. He HATES getting his diaper and PJs on. I literally have to physically hold him down, which is not easy because he is freakishly strong and I have just lotioned him up. I think they are teaching him wrestling moves at daycare - like how to get out of a hold. Who knows. Sometimes I just let him run around naked for a bit for a few reasons: (1) I am so so lazy and not looking forward to the fight that is getting dressed for bed, (2) It is nice for his nether regions to get some airing out for diaper rash reasons and (3) the boy just loves being naked. He will run around the room, pat his belly, and try to get into trouble by playing with the trash can or the radio. This is all great until he pees somewhere in the room. That happens about a quarter of the time.
After getting him dressed, we go downstairs and hang with Dan. So Ben will play and chill out and we may read some books. Around 6:45pm, I will warm up his bottle for bed (yep, he still gets a bottle and he likes it warm, dammit!). Dan and Ben have what Dan calls "Buddy Time," which is when Ben gets to have a paci if he's fussy (we have pretty much got rid of these during waking time, except when the poor guy is sick, then I bend my rules a bit) while they chill on the couch and watch sports. While Buddy Time is going on, I will get Ben's room ready for bed and tidy up the bathroom. Then at 7pm, I take Ben upstairs and he has his bottle. Then I rock him for a few minutes and put him in his crib. He is almost always awake now when I do this and hasn't fussed about it for the past few weeks. It is great!
|Ben's first time on a carousel. He absolutely hated it and cried the whole time. Memories.|
No, onto ears. As Mickey would say - We've got ears, it's time for cheers! (What? You don't watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse everyday? Your loss I guess). We decided to bite the bullet and get Ben tubes. I am currently trying to decide what to do about ear plugs. Our ENT said that they only need them for the first couple of weeks during bath time. After that, they say plugs aren't necessary (unless diving or something, which Ben has PROMISED not to do). I am thinking I might still be cautious though and use them. We'll see. I'll let you all know what I go with and out it works. I am debating the Ear Bandit, Pro Plugs (but I would need to know his size), or some sort of moldable situation. Or all of the above. I am really looking forward to it. If there is one thing that Ben loves, it is to sit still while I shove things in his ear (or while I try to do anything for that matter). Or just to sit still at all!
I am really hoping that these tubes give Ben relief on his ear issues. He had two sets of infections in Feb/March. I thought he had another in April, but just ended up having a lot of fluid in both ears that wasn't infected. I could tell it was bothering him though. As a bonus, tubes are supposed to help relief pressure from flying, which we will be doing at the end of this month.
|This is us going for a wagon ride at a fair near our house. Ben couldn't understand why I was trying to get him to look at the camera since the horses pulling the wagon were way more interesting.|