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Entry 7 - November 9, 2008
11 Weeks Old - It's Getting Better All the Time

Happy WillEach week with Will gets better and better. I remember a few weeks ago (was it only a few weeks ago?) when people kept telling me to hang on and that it would get better. I honestly didn't believe them and truly felt that the rest of my life would be spent with my days walking a crying Will and my nights in two hour bits of sleep.

Now, at the 11 week mark, Will has gotten so much better when it comes to sleeping. We are getting at least five hour stretches of sleep each night, and then a random night of six to seven hour stretches, too! Usually, he is only up once a night around 2 to 3 AM and then for an early morning feed around 5 to 6 AM. But since I am already up for the day as that is when my husband's alarm goes off, I barely even count that as a feed. He then sleeps in until 7:30 - 8:30, depending on the day. My only wish is that I could get him in bed a bit sooner at night. He goes down easily at 9 PM, but it's a real fight to get him down before that. Since he is sleeping so well, I don't want to rock the boat, so I am leaving the bedtime for now and hoping that it moves forward as he gets older.

All Star WillAnother huge accomplishment is that he is taking all of his naps in his crib! We have a nap time routine, which is an abbreviated version of his bedtime routine. He gets a quick massage, two stories, swaddled, and then put down AWAKE. Most of the time, he doesn't even fuss - in fact, today, he smiled as I placed him in bed, almost as if he was saying, "Thanks, Mom, I'm tired!" Every once in awhile, he will fuss, but only for a few minutes and it is not crying, just half-hearted little wah-wah sounds.

But besides the sleep improvements, the real fun comes from how much he is changing each and every day. He is truly becoming his own person, with likes and dislikes. He loves eating, baths, going for car rides, the grocery store (with all of the lights), when I make silly faces, and the camera - this kid is a ham. If you pull out the camera, he instantly starts smiling and posing for the lens!

His dislikes include waiting too long to eat (he is still on an every three hour feeding schedule, but I am trying to add fifteen minute increments here and there, which is not an idea he likes very much), cold water (including the rain), and his vitamin drops.

Nana and WillWe took a visit to his Grandma and Great-Grandma (Nana)'s house this past weekend and it was wonderful to see him with all of the family. His Nana (in the picture here) is just thrilled with her first great-grandson. She is in wonderful health and we hope she will be around for a long time to come, but it is still important to us that they spend a lot of time together. When he was really little, it was hard for her to hold him and he would cry; now that he is older, she can interact with him a lot better and even feed him a bottle of pumped milk.

For the most part, he is just a cheerful little guy who is a real joy to be around. It's amazing how much things can change in a month. Oh, sure, there are still the nights when he is up more than once, or the days when he seems grumpier than usual. But those things I can handle now that I am getting a bit more sleep. Also, I think that I had some postpartum issues that I was dealing with that seem to have gotten much better as time has gone on. So, anyone reading this who is struggling with a young newborn, have hope. As everyone promised me, it does get better!

~ Katie

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