Friday, August 10, 2012

Brahm {9 months}...the post we almost didn't write...

Joel and I seriously considered NOT publishing this post because, well, if we're honest, this was NOT the best month of Brahm's short little life thus far.  But, I suppose we should write up a little something, so that we'll be able to laugh and joke about the "fun" that we had:
I called him my little "8-month-old newborn" this month, and here's why:  The day after he turned 8 months old, he started waking up at 11pm....this is after having slept through the night for months.  Normally, this wouldn't have been much of a problem.  We're "those parents" who let their kids cry themselves back to sleep.  But, Joel's mom and friend had just arrived at our house that we figured it would be common courtesy to let them sleep.  (Did I mention Brahm is also the loudest of the 3?)

So he wasn't just up at 11pm, he woke up 2 other times that night screaming.  Grrrr.

The next night?  Same thing again.  Only worse!  He woke up at 11pm SCREAMING.  I couldn't calm him down.   Joel moved downstairs to sleep for a while, but around 12:45 came up and took Brahm.  They ended up spending the night IN the van, at Joel's shop.  
To make a long story short, we only had 5-6 nights all month long that we either didn't have company, or weren't on a vacation, sleeping all 5 in the same room, wary of waking up an entire house of other we catered to Brahm's middle-of-the-night crying episodes and fed him.  He is one little guy who KNOWS what he wants! 
In addition to not sleeping well, Brahm got 3 different fevers.  Unfortunately, one happened while were in Ohio visiting Joel's family at his family reunion, and it pretty much knocked him out for 5 days.  He just ate, slept and cried.  Oh yeah, and did I mention that he got 3 teeth this month?  

(enjoying the beach at Lake Michigan)
The funny thing is, once he got well--we found out that he has learned quite a bit this month!  He is babbling (saying dadadada, and babababa, and more recently, "yayayaya"), he learned to climb stairs this last weekend, pulls up constantly, crawls everywhere, and is oh so funny!  What a silly little boy is turning out  to be.  

 (his new favorite toy?  A remote....)
 (and he LOVES playing peek-a-boo!)

He is the funniest little guy, and since coming home, has started sleeping through the night again, just like before.  Little stinker.  Needless to say, although I'm a bit nervous about sending Oliver to school this fall, (and Lily starts preschool, too!) I will enjoy having more one-on-one time with Brahm.  He is such a sweetheart!  *And I know, I say that EVERY month.   But I guess looking back, this is one month we'll remember FOR SURE!!! 


The Sieberts said...

oh my! I would have been weary indeed. Glad he's through this 'phase' of life :) happy sleeping Smith family! ;o)

Momma H said...

Brahm is a beautiful child -like your other two. Funny how they aren't quite so beautiful when they are screaming. It''s so nice to be able to say "This too shall pass." God bless you ALL.

Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

Precious little man. I remember going through that screaming thing with our youngest while on vacation, waaayyy past the time he was sleeping through the night. Wasn't fun, but memorable! HA!!!