Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hear's Tube You! And Sleep Training Update

Haha! I am a wizard with wordplay. A wizard I tell you! Ben is set to get ear tubes Friday morning. But before I dig into that, let's revisit sleep training (which I talked about here).

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.
How have I not posted again sooner??? Oops! So, sleep training actually went really well (well, at least in retrospect - things always look a lot sunnier a few weeks down the road). We probably had about three or four nights when we had to do some form of cry it out (with always going in to comfort after about 5-10 mins of crying). It wasn't three nights in a row though, because interspersed in there were just a few nights that he was sleepy enough to fall asleep in my arms or close enough. Also, each time we did the "cry it out" (for lack of a better word), it was less traumatic (i.e. less crying for a less amount of time).

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.
We have had a couple of nights in the last few weeks where he has woken up and just cried off and on the whole night. It is horrible! I feel like it must be teeth or something, because he will have no fever and doesn't seem sick. I don't think it is anything that can be solved by sleep training and it isn't the norm. Normally, he will pretty much sleep from 7pm to 7am (although he may have a crying jag or two somewhere in there, but can normally calm himself back to sleep). Also, occasionally he will take a big poop right after I put him down for bed, which he understandably wants remedied before he falls asleep.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I read your comment to my comment and I'm glad to help. ;) I think you have an interesting blog so I'm glad to read more of it. Sleep training is the worst. But the benefits are amazing. My daughter is 4 now but I still remember those nights vividly. I also remember not being able to wrangle her into her nightgown or diaper. Luckily she can dress herself now, but it's tooth-brushing that's become the fight. It's always something, I guess! Good luck with the ear tubes. My daughter has not had them but I did as a child (back in the early 80's) and haven't had an ear ache since 1982, FWIW.