Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sleep Training

We’ve been rocking our baby boy to sleep since he was born but we decided it was about time to start sleep training, you know the whole cry it out method. I had been nervous about letting him cry himself to sleep because sometimes he does that pass out thing. Last night was his first night going to bed all by himself. We read a book, said prayers, and I put him in his bed with a couple of his favorite friends, the cat in the hat and his giraffe. I left and didn’t hear a peep from him. When I finally went back to peek in on him he was sound asleep with the giraffe on his head. Tonight I figured I wouldn’t be so lucky, Wade was at a church meeting so I was preparing to withstand his crying all by myself but to my surprise, my sweet boy went right to sleep again. He makes me so happy. Best birthday present ever!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Look into my eyes...

Our pediatrician recommended that we take Ford to the eye doctor between 6 and 12 months. She said it was free with the InfantSee program, so I figured why not, although I wasn’t sure how they were going to do an eye exam on a 6 month old. We made an appointment to see Dr. Alleman, who was one of the first and nicest people we met at church when we moved here. I was excited that he was part of the InfantSee program and probably wouldn’t have taken Ford so soon if we couldn’t have seen him.

Ford didn’t have to read the lines on an eye chart, he just looked at some ping pong paddles with smiley faces on them as well as some other toys and had a few annoying lenses put in front of his eyes while he tried to reach for toys. After only a few minutes Dr. Alleman could tell that Ford is using both eyes, is slightly far sighted, and has an astigmatism just like his mom and dad. I asked if he was going to need glasses or something but he doesn’t, apparently far sightedness is normal for babies his age. I also asked about the gray parts around the whites of his eyes which I had been a little worried about - also normal. So we just don’t do anything for now, but I’m glad we went in, we learned a lot about our little man.