I took Sofia to the doctor’s yesterday for her 15 month well baby checkup. She has had a rough past month with ear infections, rashes, and now digestional issues that I won’t go into for her sake as well as the fact that it is just kinda gross. Sofia is in the 90th percentile for height and weight and only 75th percentile for head which seems wrong to me since she is a Dziak after all. The doctor assured me that she was still above average, it was just a little small in comparision to the rest of her body. Our doctor was asking about Sofia’s eating and I raved about how she will eat almost anything, the more exotic flavors the better, she tries everything, bla bla bla, but oh it would be nice if she didn’t eat 4 times each night. Right away the doctor said that she should not be eating during the night and it was time for us to teach her that daytime is for eating, nighttime is for sleeping. Sounds good to me, sign me up! How do I phase into that? The doctor laughed and said “Don’t make it an option”. Makes sense. Sofia isn’t the one getting up and making her bottles after all. She said the first couple nights would be rough but it wouldn’t be that way forever. So I got home and told Ajay the plan. We both agreed to give it a try and decided it would start that night.
Her first wake up is usually around 10:30 and she will usually finish off the bottle she started at bedtime. Last night I just gave her a chucho, patted her and she fell back asleep mumbling to herself. I didn’t know what she was saying but looking back on the night it was probably along the lines of “oh you silly woman. I’ll give you this one but just you wait…” I went to bed around 11 and woke up to her screaming at midnight. She was standing in her crib pointing at the shelf that her bottles normally wait on that was now empty. I picked her up and tried to calm her down but she was pissed. I heard Ajay come home and he comes in and she is shouting at him, something about how I was a horrible mother and couldn’t I see she was wasting away. Ajay got her a bottle of just water, hoping to calm her down with that. Finally after about 15 minutes of more screaming she cuddled up with me and fell back asleep. We decided to just cut it back that night so when she woke back up at 3:30 I gave her a bottle and she went back to sleep for the rest of the night. I feel bad that she was so upset but she slept for more than 2 hours at a time which is great so I think we will stick to this plan. Sorry bean. There are times when I think if it were just Ajay or just me we would totally cave to that little sweet one but we do well keeping each other strong. Parenting is hard but I just keep thinking, if Coach Taylor and his wife can do it, so can we.
(the pic above is from this time last year)