Whoa. We’ve lived here in Colorado for a month now! Does that make the boys officially Coloradoans?
The beginning of the 10th month was chaos. We packed up our house in DC, spent a few nights with Auntie Alli & family, then flew to Denver. We stayed a few nights at my parents’ house, and the moved into our short-term rental house. We also spent a weekend up in the mountains, so the boys have slept in many different locations this month.
That may help explain why their sleep had devolved to…let me look for the words…oh, ABSOLUTE SHIT. Getting them down for bed was an ordeal. Staying asleep was an ordeal. We ended up co-sleeping (one parent with each baby in separate beds) almost every night. Lots of crying and separation anxiety. Early, early mornings. Short and inconsistent naps. Yep, we had it all, and it wasn’t pretty.
A week ago we started doing a Ferber-ish plan of timed check-ins. I tried to wimp out both before and during, but Andrew wouldn’t let me. And he was right! The first night, each baby cried for 1 hour max (at different times). The next day, naps were long and glorious. The second night, there were four check-ins TOTAL all night long, all in the 5am-ish hour for Teddy. And naps were once again amazing the next day.
So, I’m not ready to completely say our sleep problems are cured, but in 48 hours things got drastically better. I feel hugely better already and I no longer dread bedtime, nighttime, and naps.
This is also the month that I think the babies hit the 50/50 mark of babies/toddlers. They eat real food now, and lots of it. We order them their own meal to share at restaurants now! We still have to cut everything into very small pieces, but they greatly prefer real food to anything pureed. Biggest hits have been: yogurt, cottage cheese, grilled chicken, pizza, broccoli, pancakes, noodles, beans, peaches, and more. (It helps that they each sprouted top teeth this month — one for Holden and two for Teddy.)
Teddy is now obsessed with standing up and cruising along the furniture. Sitting, laying, and crawling are way less fun that standing up on everything. Holden is just getting the hang of pulling himself up to kneeling and standing. He isn’t far behind! He still likes to army crawl most places (and he’s quite speedy at it).
Bathtime is now the most fun thing ever. The adult who supervises the bath also gets a bath because there is so much splashing! Teddy also likes to try to stand up in the bath tub. This kid is nuts.
Both boys have also started to love books. They like to play with their board books (instead of just eating them) and they love it when one of us reads to them. They also love their cousins, playing in the dishwasher, eating grass, and making out with themselves in the mirror.
Previously: nine months