Remember when I was wondering when the emotional crying would kick in? Hello.
He will now cry inconsolably when placed in his bassinet. Even waking from a dead sleep. We calm him down and barely move to place him back, and WAAAAAAAAAA!!! -can’t fool him.
The time has come to do the hard yards and actually teach him to sleep. This means putting him in his cot awake and SOMEHOW helping him calm down and fall asleep right there.
The ‘let him cry’ option has come up again, of course. But everything I’ve read says that he won’t actually learn anything from that until after 6 months. Until then, he just wonders why we’re abandoning him. And I want him to feel a sense of control over things until he’s old enough to understand.
Then I’ll take it all away (mwa ha ha).
In other news, Charles is sick. So Gus’ first cold may be just around the corner. Weeeee!
A side benefit is that, since he was home miserable, I got to slip away for an hour and go for a swim. The first time in 4 months and it felt great. Weird not to have a huge stomach acting as rudder, but I DID have one boob about 3x bigger than the other due to a quick feed just before I ran out the door.
And earlier in the day I had a lovely lunch with my friend Sharon who has a gorgeous little 6 month old girl who can sit up by herself. She and Gus are about the same size but her little limbs are bursting with strength and energy while Gus is a floppy lump in comparison.
Six months is about the age Gus will be when we move to Oregon. It makes me sad that the Oregon people will have missed seeing him younger. But I’m sure he’ll be even more fun then, with all that electricity shooting through his arms and legs.