Tuesday, April 7, 2009

3 Minutes

This is the MAX length of time that Colton lets me put him down-- not hold him-- before he starts crying. This is what I call a leech baby (a very cute leech baby, that is).

He doesn't do bouncers, swings, or anything else that most children love. As long as we are holding him, he is pretty good, but once we put him down he acts like no one has ever loved him in his life. Ever! It's quite sad. I guess he just wants to know he is loved and that we are WORKING. Kinda makes it impossible to get anything done.

I start work from home in a few days and am a little nervous about it...anyone have ANY suggestions about things to try to help me become a little more hands free? (or will I just have to accomplish work, shower, cleaning, everything during his naps?)

12 comments:

McKay and Lindsay said...

You are good to work from home! Still PR stuff? Peyt was that way for about the first two months and eventually grew out of it. Just keep trying the swing and bouncer EVERY DAY...even if he cries for a bit. He'll eventually warm up to them and they become lifesavers!

Baldersons said...

Try a sling...Sophie had the same problem and I just couldn't bear to let her cry so I carried her around in a sling when I needed to get things done. It was amazing, but didn't solve the problem long term. I think if you want to break the habit you will have to let him cry - it is just so hard to do that especially when they are so small!

The Lowe's said...

Hey, I'm a friend of Heidi & Greg. I ran across your blog and saw this post. My heart is with you! I have a nearly 6 month old son right now and often times I wasn't able to put him down so I just didn't do anything. Then I learned about ring slings. They allow you to hold your baby close to you in many different positions even when they are toddlers. You can even make your own. Enjoy your cuddly time with your wonderful baby. It's a natural thing for him to be attached to you and need to be close to you. Back in the day, if baby lost their parent they wouldn't have survived.

http://www.mayawrap.com/n_sewsling.php

http://www.attachedtobaby.com/Maya-Wrap-Lightly-Padded-Baby-Sling-P95.aspx

Jill said...

It's a hard age, because he just can't entertain himself at all yet, and he's so bonded with you (which is a GOOD HEALTHY thing.) Thank you for being such an amazing mom. He is a lucky boy.

I think he might soon like one of those floor mats which have an arch with toys hanging down for him to reach...he's just still a little young for it now. But better days are ahead, when he starts discovering the joy of playing and using his little hands.

ChanellR said...

I agree- try a sling. I've heard they work wonders and then you'll be hands free to get some work done. Good luck.

fiona said...

Hi Angela! I've been checking in after seeing on your mom's facebook that you had your little guy. First off, he's adorable! What a cutie. Also, I wanted to chime in on the sling thing. Baby wearing is very helpful, and very enjoyable, too :D I love it! This website has a load of info:

http://www.babywearer.com/

Good luck! Enjoy that little fella, they get big waaaay too quickly!

Crystal said...

Pretty soon he'll start interacting with toys, sucking on his hands, and simply entertaining himself a little more. For now, try putting him by the dishwasher or the washer/dryer. Sometimes the sound is soothing for a bit. A pacifier is my lifesaver for a fussy baby while trying to get stuff done. I don't remember how well little Colton takes his binky. Also, you could let him fuss for a while and see if he settles himself. It's so hard to get anything done when they are little, but it will get easier.

Heidi and Rich said...

A wrap would be a lifesaver for you. All you need is a long piece of fabric. I have one and would love to show you how to wrap it around yourself and put your little one in. It saved my life - it put my little girl to sleep everytime - the best part is they are super snug up against your chest (which they love) and your hands are free (which you love). Call me 353-3742.

Amanda J said...

Personally I didn't like using a sling unless we were going somewhere. It's bulky, gets in the way and makes it hard to do things. I don't know how many times I bumped Nicholas into the counter while I was trying to do dishes! I would try to put him in a bouncer or swing then sit by him so he can see you and talk to him. It also might help if you put it next to you while you're working and talk to him. Remember that it's okay to let him cry sometimes too. It's strengthens the lungs :)

Jill said...

I love the moby wrap! But "heidi and rich" are right, you can probably make one on your own, especially if someone can show you how to wrap it. Worth a shot!

You're a great mommy!

Jill said...

BTW that last comment was from Hannah, who was here using our computer. I actually never used the Moby wrap, but I probably WOULD have loved it!

janner said...

Does he like his car seat? I had a couple of babies that didn't like the swing or a bouncer at first, but liked the carseat. Maybe because it is so padded and makes them feel more secure???Anyway, I just put them in that and then you can rock it with your foot every now and then if you are sitting at the computer. You can also hang toys from the bar.

I had a sling with Amy, but never mastered how to wear it--always felt like she was going to fall out, so I held on to her anyway which defeated the purpose, but I know a lot of people love them.

Ok. I have to tell you this. Whenever I hear about slings, I think of this poster I saw in the NICU when Holly was there after she was born. They had this poster illustrating how to wear these custom baby sling/holders for moms with multiple births. There was one for twins, triplets, quads, etc. I thought it was hilarious. I mean really, if you had 4 babies strapped to your body, 2 in front, 2 in back, what could you POSSIBLY do? So, one should be a piece of cake!! Haha!