We’ve officially been home from Korea for 10 days now as a family of 5. We are all (finally!) over the jet lag, and trying to find our new normal. We are almost there! I’m still trying to get used to all the things I’ve forgotten about babies…and I swear, this kid is the fastest, most active on yet! Adam agrees with that. He is FAST and SNEAKY. We may be in trouble during his teenage years LOL.
The first week we were home, we were all battling jet lag. The big kids would be asleep by 6 PM and then up by 4:30 am. Luckily, they would stay upstairs and entertain themselves. How did I know they were up? Well, I was up with the baby of course! He napped pretty well, though I had to wake him so he didn’t sleep too long. He would go to sleep at night without much problem, but was waking up 3 or 4 times a night for a while. And when he was up, he’d be up for 2 to 3 hours at a stretch. It made for some LONG nights. But the good news is, that he was easily comforted by us, and while he was awake in the middle of the night, happy as a clam. He wanted to play. We did not LOL. We would sit in the rocking chair in his room and rock with him. He would have bottles too – they helped get him back to sleep, so he was having several per night at that point. But truly, no inconsolable crying, no avoidance, no back arching…no outward signs of grieving at all. He was attaching to us quite well. In fact, sometimes we’d put him in his crib to play while we sat in the rocking chair. He would peek through the bars, or over them, and smile at us and giggle. When he was ready to sleep, he wanted us to stay in the room. As long as we were there, he was happy. Yay!
Somewhere after 4 or 5 days, sleep started slowly getting better. He would sleep for longer stretches, and be up for less time in the middle of the night. It was very slowly improving. He was still happy as can be, both during the day, and at night. We get good (not great mind you, but good) eye contact during bottles. Somewhere around 4 days ago (so after 6 days home) we really turned the corner sleep wise. That night, he only got up twice. The first time, he drank a bottle and was back asleep in 30 to 40 minutes. The second time, he drank another bottle and was asleep in about an hour and a half. The next night was about the same, though it took less time the second time to get him back to sleep. And ever since then, he has been sleeping 11+ hours at night, and only gets up ONCE for a bottle. He’ll be up for about 45 minutes total, and then back asleep until morning. YAY!! He does love his bottles. I’d prefer he didn’t have a bottle in the middle of the night, but I’m certainly not going to take that away from him at this point. He is still napping well during the day too. Usually an hour to an hour and a half in the morning and about 2 hours in the afternoon. I’m not sure how we’ve gotten lucky again, but we have!
We are still getting to know baby Finn. He is SUPER ticklish. Seriously, every area on his little body is ticklish and when you tickle him, he just giggles so loudly. It is so stinking cute! He also LOVES his baths. From the first time we gave him one, he absolutely loved it. We have a spout cover that makes a waterfall and he loves to splash in it. He loves the cats. He follows them around endlessly and giggles so loudly when he seems them (or maybe it’s more like a scream of delight). He is eating pretty well too. He was eating some solid food in Korea, but not a lot – it listed soup, soft bread, rice, and bananas. We’ve kind of broken the one new food for 3 days rule with him and have been giving him what we’re eating. He loves meat. It’s his favorite. Mashed potatoes and french fries were also big hits. He loved the fried rice Adam made tonight, and liked the hot dogs I made last night. We need to get some more fruits and veggies into the mix, so I need to go to the store and pick some up. Everything we have right now in the house isn’t appropriate for his age yet. He also loves his big brother and sister. And they love him – especially Brett. He is so good with him and just smiles endlessly when he’s playing with Finn. They both hate that Finn naps and are disappointed if Adam picks them up from school and doesn’t have Finn with them (which he normally doesn’t since Finn is sleeping). The big kids fight over who gets to sit next to Finn at dinner. While annoying that I have to try to remember who sat there last night, it’s adorable that they just want to be near him. My three little monkeys are so darn cute together!