After almost 7 weeks of living out of suitcases, we finally got to move home on Saturday night. Our basement is done, although the project is still far from completion. The plumbing SHOULD be done (except for re-doing a few things that the plumbers screwed up). Zach and his dad (with supervision from Zach's grandfather) are up-dating the electrical work. The carpenters started this morning--they are gutting our current main floor laundry room and storage room, putting the basement stairs in the current laundry room, turning the current storage room into a laundry room, re-doing our side entrance, and converting the current basement stairway into a kitchen pantry. (Follow that?) And the geo-thermal guys have to drill their wells and run the ductwork. After all that, we still have to figure out how to get the deck back on the house and how to turn our yard back into a yard. It's all a bit daunting, but we're getting there. Hopefully our house will be worker-free by the end of this month.
And for my 6 month old, the move home marked some big changes in her life.
1. Staley slept in her crib in her own room for the first night since she's been born. She did great!! Me, not so much. I had a hard time sleeping and frequently woke up to watch the monitor or check on Staley. Obviously moving into her own room was much harder on me than on Staley. I have a feeling this will be a trend as a parent--having a hard time letting my baby grow up.
2. Staley picked up some bad sleeping habits in our time away (as documented in a previous post), so we thought it was best to address them immediately. As I read about teaching children to put themselves to sleep, I realized that we had been doing a few things wrong. So...Staley's bedtime routine received a make-over. Staley always slept in a sleep gown, swaddled (with her arms free), on her back in her co-sleeper or pack and play. We would get her ready for bed, read books, do music time, and then I would feed her to sleep. Now Staley is sleeping in her big-girl sleepers, no longer swaddled, on her back (to begin with) in her crib. I feed her BEFORE her books, music, and bedtime prayers so that she is going to bed awake. We have used the Ferber method (aka crying it out) for the past 2 nights and for her naps the past 3 days. The first night she cried for 13 minutes and not a peep last night. Without being swaddled, she now rolls herself onto her stomach to sleep, and she slept 11 hours the first night and 10.5 hours last night. It may be too early to tell, but I think the changes are working!
3. Staley is now intrigued with Jake and Elwood. When we left, she had just started to notice them. Now she giggles when they walk past, and she keeps trying to reach out and grab them. Although our cats are not bright, they've figured out how to stay a little more than an arms length away from the little baby hands.
4. We are going to start Staley on solid foods TODAY. What a fun way to celebrate a 6 month birthday! Although Zach suggested that pizza should be her first food (since EVERYONE likes pizza), I'm planning to whip up some scrumptious rice cereal this evening. And my sister-in-law (Melissa) and I spent several hours together yesterday making baby food. So now I have a freezer full of pureed broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, zucchini, and squash. I'm not a big veggie person, so hopefully Staley will like them better than I do. If not, I may be offering up some pureed broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, zucchini, and squash. : )
It's really nice being back home. Although honestly (not just because they read this), we had a very fun time staying with Zach's parents and my parents. I feel very blessed that we had places to stay while this project was being completed--and places where we were welcomed, fed, entertained, and loved. We are so, so lucky to have such amazingly wonderful families!!!!