So the routine is working wonders. The last four nights, Luke has grown sort of crabby around 7:30. And as soon as I start the routine, he gets calm, relaxed, almost excited. He is so into the routine, even the part when I massage his soft skin with girly-smelling lotion. Especially that part. And he seems to understand that the routine means bedtime. Each of those four nights, he has fallen asleep after nursing and has STAYED asleep for three hours. After needing to go in and nurse him or rock him multiple times the first few nights, the last four, he's been out without needing any more nuturing. This has led to something really wonderful -- time alone with my husband. We eat a late dinner (he doesn't get home until about 9 anyway) and we watch 30 Rock on DVD or whatever and we talk and we cuddle and we are ALONE. We talk about Luke, too, and I check on him repeatedly because I am overly neurotic about SIDS, but for the most part, we reconnect, and that is a much needed thing.
The only downside to the routine is that, suddenly, Luke is refusing to take a bottle during Jimmy's feeding. My husband used to do the "second" feeding of the night around 2 a.m. But with the earlier bedtime, that is now the third feeding. I do the second one before I go to bed. So I'm not sure if it is that switch in things or what, but the last few nights, Luke has woken up at 2 and then acted completely annoyed when Jimmy has tried to give him a bottle. It has gotten so bad that my husband told me last night -- over homemade chicken jambalaya, thank you -- that he has been squirting the milk into Luke's mouth. That cracked me up. But beyond finding the humor in that, we are both stumped. What's the problem here?
Last night, I was too tired to stay awake for the 11 o'clock feeding, so I went to bed and had Jimmy bring me the baby when he woke up. After he was done eating, I put him in his pack and play instead of his crib. That meant that it was me who responded to his cries at 2. And so I finally got to see what was going on first hand. He started fussing, and so I picked him up. But he wasn't acting hungry -- no fist in the mouth, no frantic OH MY GOD WILL I EVER EAT AGAIN?!?! crying. So I simply laid him next to me and put my hand on him, and what do you know, he went back to sleep! He didn't wake up to actually eat until 4:30 or so. So my question is, what the hell is happening? Is he getting close to sleeping through from 11 to 4:30 or so, but just needs a little help? A little middle-of-the-night calming down? Is this the first step before he simply sleeps right through? Please, please, oh pretty please, say it could be so?
I hope so. But really, it beats me.
Your advice please: I need a "running around" shoe. Something flat and comfortable but stylish. Something that can be worn with almost anything, but especially with sweat-type pants or jeans. It could be more of a sneaker -- I'm thinking something colorful and fun -- or a classic flat. I don't want anything strappy or open-toed. Any suggestions? For some reason, I have a really hard time finding a shoe that fits this description. I have some red loafers that are a little too businessy and a little too red to go with everything. I have flip flops that are just too summery. I have slip-on tennis shoes that are off-white and look a little too dirty and clunky for me to feel put together. And I have various shoes with wedge or short heels that just feel too dressy for a quick trip into the market. I want a fallback shoe, a pair I can throw on when I'm running to the grocery store or the bank or wherever, something uncomplicated that still makes me feel put together and un-frumpy, even though it's not a dressy shoe. Does this make any sense? Bueller? What do you wear when you're out running errands? Any suggestions? This? This? Maybe this?