Saturday, July 5, 2008

All American Boy!

Jackson got decked out in red, white, and blue for the fourth. Here are the photos! Enjoy!Jackson discovered this hibiscus on our front porch and was fascinated. I don't blame him!

1 comment:

Mrs. D. said...

I want to encourage you about your sleep post. Sam didn't sleep thru the night until he was 14 months. He had (and still does on occasion when things are too exciting or changing) sleep terrors. He's always awoken from, well, when we moved here at 5 months, but it wasn't until he could pull himself to stand that I figured out what was wrong...his body was awake and moving, but his mind was asleep. They are fairly common and extremely unnerving. The last one he had was probably two months ago (21 months old) and it was aweful! He was screaming at the top of his lungs and his eyes were open but he was looking past us...and everything that we offered, he wanted the opposite (offer him juice and he didn't want it, take it away and he wanted it). The only thing you can do is wait it out. If you wake him, it's very stressful for them and takes them longer to settle. I usually delt with him in that state because my husband ALWAYS tried to get him to watch his fav video (also bad because of the extra stimulation).

The other thing, the one you can control, is teaching Jackson how to sleep. That's what we did with Sam at 1 year (I wrecked it when I took him back to Canada for a month) then we retrained him at 14 months. I read "The Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg. I have a copy if you want to borrow it next (it's being passed around our group). Basically, the exact method depends on the age of your child. I used the one for 1 year olds even though Sam was a little older. My friend back home just used the method for 4 month olds and it worked well. It's some variation of pick up / put down. It's hard work (I looked back and the first night was basically sleepless for me and my husband). But it offers the freedom of good sleeping nights!