Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ProP 11.3 - Finally

Proud Parent Update - If you see me these days, you may notice I have a certain glow. I'll let you know, this glow comes from finally getting some sleep at night. Yey! Malik has begun sleeping through the night at 11 months. As in I no longer have to wake up at ungodly hours to give him milk. Of course, Malik continues to roll around the bed when he's sleeping, pushing me (and waking me up) in the process, but still!

Best part of my day

Malik likes to sleep on my tummy now.

To celebrate this milestone, I decided to document Malik's sleeping habits at least for his first year. Warning: This will be a lengthy post. Then again, my blog, my rules. :)

Months 1 to 3: My gulay, Malik's first 3 months are just a blur to me. I don't know how we ever got past it. I was exclusively nursing for only 5 weeks, but those were the hardest 5 weeks of my life. As we all know, breast milk is light on the tummy so Malik was asking for milk every 2 hours at least. I'm surprised I did not lose my sanity.

Malik in his "New Person Smell" stage

Month 4: At 4 months, Malik switched from breastmilk to formula. I like to think I tried, but the supply eventually dwindled when I went back to work. In the sleeping department, formula appears to be a mother's best friend. Since it is heavier on the tummy, Malik only woke up every 4 hours.

Malik x April Boy Regino


Month 6: Malik began eating solids at 5 months. I expected this to stretch Malik's sleeping time by at least 2 hours but it didn't work. Rice cereal, Malik's first baby food, is apparently still light on the stomach. I was thankful nonetheless. Sleep, even if it was only for 4 hours at a time, is still sleep.

Month 10:  Honestly, after 10 months of sleep deprivation, I was beginning to not care anymore. My body has adjusted and I was at least able to function at work. However, at 10 months, Malik begun regularly eating table food and rice, so I was pleasantly surprised that he required less and less bottles at night. Two weeks ago, Malik's nighttime feeding was reduced to 1 bottle at around 5 a.m. Now, Malik drinks milk shortly before sleeping and will not wake up for nighttime feedings anymore. Hooray.

Malik: "See you in the morning. Zzzzz."

Come to think of it, looking at these pictures also tells us how our lives have drastically changed this year. No doubt about it. Raising a baby is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but it's also the most rewarding. By the way, Malik turns one in two days. Hang-bilis!

Malik: "Wake up, mommy. Time to go to work."

Malik: "Good morning."

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