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Hey Doug...How's your newest training partener?(19 posts)

Hey Doug...How's your newest training partener?biknben
Jun 25, 2002 5:35 AM
If you don't mind me asking, of course.

I've been paying attention since my wife is also pregnant. She's now two days overdue actually. She's scheduled to be induced on Friday. Apparently he doesn't have any interest in coming out.
sleep deprivation trainingDougSloan
Jun 25, 2002 5:44 AM
We are working on sleep deprivation training for 24+ hour events, maybe even RAAM. I think taking care of a newborn for a week and RAAM are about the same. Not only is there lack of sleep, but there are all of the unexpected conditions to deal with on the fly, like 3 wet diapers that soak all the bedding as well right at bed time, after being all cleaned up and changed for the night. I'm starting to think that post partem depression is really sleep deprivation. I think I have it.

All's well, really. The exhiliration of having the little guy here healthy far outweighs the difficulties.

Glad to hear all is well. nmbiknben
Jun 25, 2002 6:02 AM
Congrats on the new baby. NmPhatMatt
Jun 25, 2002 6:38 AM
It's amazing how they always find the "hole"JL
Jun 25, 2002 7:00 AM
to pee on themselves/bed. I never had this problem with my daughter, but my son (now 14 months) always seemed to find a way. Even when you try to "aim it" in the diaper, they seem to find a way out. Luckily it shouldn't last long and you'll just need to change the diaper.

The sleep thing will come once the little guy gets into a little routine. It's not easy but try to put him on "schedule". One thing I learned from my daughter was scheduling. She was slightly premature and had to stay extra in the NIC Unit at the hospital. We would visit often and long and had to maintain a schedule. When she came home she maintained the same schedule.

When we had my son we tried to do the same thing at home, but it wasn't as easy. Eventually it kind of took.

You're right though, it's great that they just come home healthy.

Good luck and congrats.

I'm not sure how much of this parents can control.dzrider
Jun 25, 2002 7:15 AM
Our 1st son started sleeping through the night at 11 weeks and did so almost without exception from that time on. We thought it was because we got him on a good schedule and stuck with it. Our 2nd son, with the same parents doing the same stuff, didn't sleep through the night consistently until he started walking. Luckily, he was an early walker. Children appear to have distinct personalities very early on and it's not all about the parents. Enjoy them for what they are.
I'm not sure how much of this parents can control.PaulCL
Jun 25, 2002 8:04 AM
Daugher #1 slept thru the night at 6 weeks. Daughter #2 slept thru the night at 7 MONTHS!. Son #1 slept thru the night at 6 weeks. Same parents. Same upbringing. Different kids.

I must state, with much joy, that all of my children are out of diapers. My three year old kicked the habit last October. I tell my babied friends that I won't change another diaper until I'm a grandparent. Since my oldest is just about 10, I don't plan to be a grandparent for AT LEAST 15 years. Please, no jokes on that one. She's wearing a titanium chastity belt throughout her teen years.
I'd go with Kevlar nmDougSloan
Jun 25, 2002 8:11 AM
I agree it's not something we can really "control".JL
Jun 25, 2002 9:03 AM
Like I said we tried with my son, but it wasn't a complete success. I think with my daughter, the nurses would simply "ignore" her until it was her turn. It's a lot harder when they come home right away and they cry, because you tend to check more and be the consoling parent. It's human nature. In the NICU the nurses are "used to" the noise and don't run at every beep, ding and cry.

Mine sleeps through the night, but by 6 a.m. he wants that morning bottle. That hasn't changed in a long time. All kids are different, but it something that worked for me with mine. As they say "your mileage may vary".

Happy riding.

Jun 25, 2002 9:29 AM
My son is 17 weeks now and the sleep deprivation gets less and less. In the beginning, the wet diaper thing really infuriated me as I thought the diapers just were not doing their job. Our son is circumcised and for about 10-14 days you have to put vaseline on the circumcision. Well...the vaseline keeps the "wetness" from being absorbed by the diaper. In a couple of weeks, you should not have to change the bedding so often. Do you have any pics of the little guy that you can post?
Jun 26, 2002 5:21 AM
I wondered about that diaper thing. The vasaline, which we are doing, too, makes sense as a problem.

Thanks everyone for well wishes.

Jun 26, 2002 5:22 AM
And congrats to you, too. That one snuck by us. Sleeping now?

Jun 27, 2002 4:30 AM
...sleeping now. He now averages between 6-8 hours at a stretch. Last night was bliss as he slept for 9 hours! You will be amazed at how fast he will grow. Right now, your son's behavior probably consists of sleep, eat, "doing business," repeat. Pretty soon, though, he will be smiling when he sees your face or hears your voice and when my son does that, it causes a feeling in me that I just cannot describe. My son is now quite interactive with me and my wife and is gearing up to start crawling soon. One thing that he absolutely loves right now is something that we have termed "flying baby." I will lay him face down on my right arm with my hand on his chest (so he is in a Superman position) and holding a leg with my left arm and "fly" him around the house, and chase the dogs (who love it). He gets this look of total wonderment.
re: Hey Doug...How's your newest training partener?Joshua
Jun 25, 2002 6:37 AM
My little one is almost 4 months he only wakes up once a night now. At 2:30 am so mom can feed him. I am sooooo glad the up all night thing is almost behind us.
re: Hey Doug...How's your newest training partener?warriorcharge
Jun 25, 2002 6:45 AM
what about getting out on the bike, have you dared to find time for that yet
Glad to hear all is wellt-bill
Jun 25, 2002 6:56 AM
I'm glad to hear all is well! My usual training partner (actually his wife) just had a baby last week, and I'll probably be in your shoes within the next year.

Best of luck!

Warmest congrats, Mr. Sloan. You didn't ask mybill
Jun 25, 2002 8:12 AM
advice, and I didn't even take it when it was given to me, but I'm going to offer it anyway.
Babies are simple and sweet. You will think that they are horribly complicated and difficult, but they are not. They have simple needs, like food, sleep, and love, lots and lots of physical love. That's about it. They also need to be told what to do -- they are babies, for crissakes. So, do not give up your entire life to baby. It is unfair, to saddle a little thing with all that. Schedules must be somewhat flexible, this is true, but listen to your gut (mom's gut is typically better tuned, but moms are sometimes such wussies). If you think baby is hungry, feed. If you think baby needs sleep, put him to sleep. Don't spend hours trying to figure it out, because by the time you do, you actually will have figured out nothing but that you have wasted a bunch of time. Sometimes there is no answer. When baby is asleep, go take a nap yourself. If you or mom need to get out of the house, and you can swing it with you or your wife's covering for each other, go. Baby will be remarkably forgiving. Do not be dissuaded by baby's occasional outbursts to the contrary -- he's a BABY for crissakes.
It is easy to lose yourself. Don't let it happen. Go for a ride (no epic twelve hour rides, but an hour or two or even three here and there shouldn't be a problem). Spring your wife once in awhile. Get grandma to help and go out with each other.
Having a child is an incredible, blessed journey. Enjoy it.
Hey, another one on RBR?Spinchick
Jun 25, 2002 10:09 AM
You've been quiet about this...

Look forward to hearing the "report" when he does show.
Congratulations doug!Soultrain
Jun 25, 2002 8:09 PM