Thursday, July 10, 2008

Second Tooth (finally)!

Gavin's second tooth is finally in, after many weeks of irritation and a very large protrusion (we thought it had already come through about 2 or 3 weeks ago because the bump on his gums was so large!). I guessed that it might finally be cutting through yesterday when Gavin was very fussy and really wanted to nurse but as soon as he began, he looked startled and quit. I suppose his gums must have really hurt!

Just a few days ago, Gavin figured out that he can pull himself up and roam around in his crib instead of going to sleep when I put him down for a nap. This has, on recent occasion, caused significant deviation from the normal sleeping schedule! Two days ago he mostly babbled and occasionally cried, most likely while cruising around in his crib playing with his monkey, for an hour after I put him down for his afternoon nap. When I finally went in, I found him standing at the corner of his crib. He didn't end up napping until just before dinner time, when he fell asleep in his car seat on a 5-minute car ride home from the grocery store.

Gavin also just started to be interested in rolling from his back to his stomach (although it's more like flipping than rolling!) and pushing himself around on his stomach (like traditional crawling, except with his belly on the ground). However, so far he only does these things when he's lying on our bed with me and he's supposed to be nursing. So much for the "normal" progression of mobility. He'll walk 20 feet across the house by himself, turning, starting and stopping as he likes, but he still doesn't do the "traditional" crawl!

4 comments:

Teodora said...

You are having my problem. My girl has been associating her crib with play time since she dicovered that she can pull herself up and hold on the rail, and can move along the crib.
Sometimes during the day, she would fall asleep in her crib, but come night-time, she wouldn't.
I have tried the cry-it-out method to no avail. The only thing that works for us is putting her in the stroller, and the very earliest signs of tiredness, such as slowing down, way before she would start rubbing her eyes, and cruising around the neighborhood, mostly on the grassy areas. The weather has been a super cooperator but when it rains as it did last night, or in the winter when it is cold, I am stunned at we are to do...maybe a cruise in the car...
Let me know what works for you..

michelle said...

@Teo: We have just been putting Gavin in the crib anyway and letting him figure it out. I suppose this is the cry-it-out method, and it is working okay. Gavin is usually pretty good about falling asleep at night, though (just not for naps during the day). We have a routine we do before naps and another one before bedtime that seems to help him understand that it's time to go to sleep - usually read a book (the same one every time), nurse and sing to him, then hold him in a particular position (he knows it means it's time to sleep) for a few minutes and then put him down in the crib (most of the time, awake). Sometimes he's really mad and sometimes he's not. Don't know if this is of any help, but at least you know she won't be doing this forever! It seems like once you finally think you've figured out how to deal with something, they change! But sometimes the frequent changing is a blessing, because you never do figure out how to deal with some things! Good luck!

Courtney said...

Its so funny to me to hear you say Gavin got his second tooth, when Elle is now pushing through four of her molers for a total of 12 teeth! She is a stinkin Parawna! Glad to hear its through though, and that he will be in less pain for a bit unitl the next one comes :)

Teodora said...

You are right that babies change, but they also seam to like consistency. We don't have a real night-time routine, just take a bath, close the blinds, take the bottle and down in the crib. The cry-it-out method(20 min in length is working now).
I was absolutely fascinated by Gavin's steps. I can't believe that he is walking...a little man walking...so cute...
My baby also took her sweet time with her teeth, but managed to cut her second tooth before Gavin, even though he cut his first tooth first...I guess all of them are just different...As long as they are developing well, in no time they will be doing what all kids do, and the number of teeth, the bed-times are just for us moms to remember and worry about:)