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Baby- Mobility Changes Everything

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On May Day 2009, Victor crawled for the first time.  I was dropping him off at baby-school, and I had set him down on the floor - he was reaching out for my keys, so I set them slightly ahead of him.  Sure enough, he leaned over onto all fours and shimmied his arms and knees forward into an awkward (but effective) crawl.  The days of setting him down and being able to step away for a second to do things like get the load of laundry from the dryer are OVER. 

I purchased a couple of gates to put up, but they'll only work in a few places.  Our home just has too much open-space.  Open floor plans are popular architecturally, but not necessarily to the baby-proofing world.   They do make these giant octagons you can set out to "contain" your mobile baby, but the space is just so limited.  I'd imagine exploration and mobility would be a little stifled in one of those.  They make gate extenders - which we may have to look into, as Vic's appetite for exploration grows. 

While we worry about catching Victor as he runs around, he's busy catching just about every cold that comes his way.  My mom told me that our pediatrician told her there were 250-some "bugs" out there that your infant has to catch before you have a "clear" month.   At this point, I'd believe that.  We're in a bit of a "calm-before-another-storm" pattern right now, but his mild cough this morning came as a bit of a warning of the next bug to hit our house.  We've had a number of colds, one ear infection, a sinus infection and 2 stomach viruses.  The stomach viruses are the worst - just because I worry so much about him dehydrating after having diarrhea and vomiting.  And wow - I was SHOCKED to see just how much "stuff" a baby can hold in his or her tummy.  We've only had one scary fever (103), but Tylenol, napping and nursing seemed to keep that in check. 

Because of my new position, I don't have as much time as I used to for pumping - so at just about the nine-month-mark, we've begun the transition to formula.  We mixed one part formula to three parts breast milk for a day or so, and then moved on to half-and-half.  He took that so well, the next day we tried a 3:1 ratio.  Now, he'll drink straight formula without any problems.  We still mix in a little breast milk from what we have stored in the freezer - I'd love to be able to continue to add even just a little breast milk to every bottle of formula until we completely change over to cows milk at 12 months.  I'm still nursing first thing in the morning and last thing at night - so we're still getting some of that special "Mom & Me" time every day.

Speaking of nighttime, sleeping has become a totally different animal now that Vic is mobile.  From the time he was born, naptime and bedtime were simple: 

Step 1: Lay baby down in crib on his back.  (Swaddle when tiny, SleepSack when older, Blankie when much older)

Step 2:  Kiss on forehead, say "sweet dreams!"

Step 3:  Leave room.

Step 4:  Baby may or may not fuss for 3-5 minutes before falling asleep.

That was it.  NOW...it goes a little bit like this:

Step 1: Lay baby down in crib on his back.

Step 2:  Kiss on forehead, say "sweet dreams!"

Step 3:  Leave room.

Step 4:  Baby lays still until the door closes, then gets up, crawls around the crib for 10 or 12 laps, then pulls himself up to kneeling, then standing, shaking the crib and singing to himself loudly.  LA LA LA LA LA!  Then, baby talks to himself while squeezing the music out of his Glo-Worm toy.  If and when he falls asleep, baby is in an odd position in the corner of the crib and stays down for 15 minutes. 

I called my mom to ask what I should do.  Should I go in every 10 or 15 minutes and lay him back down, reminding him "it's time to sleep", or should I just let him play and tucker himself out, even though he won't get a good nap? 

Mom's advice was for now, let him do his laps and tire out.  If we go in, he'll learn that NOT sleeping brings Mom or Dad into the room - which can be a reward in and of itself.  Later, when he's old enough to understand directions/reason, we can go in and remind him it's time to sleep.  Either way, he won't be sleeping the way we want him to until he's good and tired enough to find napping more appealing than playtime.   *Sigh*

In my last blog post, I wrote about Spinal Muscular Atrophy and my friend Jessica's Son, Nicholas - Victor's friend.  I just heard that Jessica & Nicholas are going to Utah for some clinical research and to fit Nicholas for a wheelchair.  I'm excited to see them both in July when we head back to my hometown for a visit.  I think it'll be good for Victor to grow up with a friend who uses a wheelchair - that way he can have an early understanding that sometimes different doesn't mean "wrong".   I'm excited to teach him about differences, and having Nic as a friend will help.  There isn't anything wrong with Nicholas' brain, and he will be just as intelligent as any other child his age.  Somewhat like cerebral palsy, his body just won't be as cooperative with his mind because his muscles won't be developed enough.  I think the more time Nic and Vic spend together, the better it'll be for the both of them.  Nic's birthday is May 20th, so I'm off to do a little searching for a gift for him! 

If you haven't already, Please sign this petition to help find a cure: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/182/petition-to-cure-SMA .

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