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Noah’s made some giant cognitive leap recently that’s enabled temper tantrums.  It’s the experience of frustration of his plans- like when he’s having trouble picking up pieces of banana or peach, and they slip out of his little hands.  For the past week, he’s been fussing and arching his back so I can’t get him into his stroller when we need to go somewhere- leaving the house is usually ok, but leaving the playground is a nightmare.  Even if he’s in, there will be protest crying, and strangers telling me I need to stop my baby from crying.  I know why he’s crying, and I know he’ll stop in 30 seconds if we walk quickly enough, and if Noah planned his own day, he’d still be crying because he wouldn’t plan for naps.

Anyway, he was extra touchy today- we’re trying to switch from 3 naps a day to 2, which isn’t easy, and this morning I had to force him to nap early, then wake him up in order to get to Storytime at the library.  (10 am is really the worst possible time for activities for him.)  So every time I picked him up to move him this afternoon, he struggled and arched his back, and fought it.  Finally, he threw a big tantrum when he was crawling toward the living room, trying to get the vacuum cleaner, and I said “No, we’re going to stay in the den and fold diapers and play peek-a-boo,” and then I closed the door to shut him in.  He started crying as loud as he could, and trying to reach the doorknob, he was so mad.  He definitely knows what he wants- and he could remember his plan even when the door was shut and he couldn’t see the vacuum.  His brain is just getting more and more complicated.

Then after an afternoon of fussiness, we went for a walk with the Ergo, and he got kind of drowsy, then he had a big dinner, and then he was absolutely adorable, and he played and snuggled and listened to stories with me, then played like crazy with Dave when he got home.  So he just needed some quiet time and a nice full tummy, and he was my wonderful boy again.

Tomorrow’s plan is to make his 2 naps as long as possible- he’s only sleeping for about 20-30 minutes for each nap, which I don’t think is enough, so I’m going to lie down with him to try to keep him down longer.  We’re going up to Dave’s parents to visit Eleanor, so it’s easier to get him to sleep in a different place with me there, anyway.  Then in the evening, we’re going along to Dave’s Thursday running club, finally, after months of hearing about it.  So Noah will have a big day, and I hope I get the good baby side of him.

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2 Comments

  1. Jennifer said,

    September 27, 2009 at 6:54 am

    How is the nap adjustment strategy working? Is he getting any better at sleeping through the night? When do we get pictures featuring teeth?

    • variableclouds said,

      September 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

      Eileen spotted some teeth in a picture quite a while ago- he still only has two, though he’s drooling enough he should have more by now. Sam, who is a month younger, has 6 already. Naps were kind of down to 2, unless they were interrupted or the car or stroller tricked him into an extra one, but that’s all cancelled now that he’s too congested to sleep at night. His natural naptime kind of sucks- activities for babies seem to all be at 10, and he likes his first nap around 9:30 or 10, so he either gets a quick one before we go out, or he’ll fall asleep in the stroller on the way to places, or he doesn’t nap and gets overtired by the end of storytime.


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