So, big boy. You’re 19 weeks old and the sleep strike continues. You napped for all of about 30 minutes yesterday, then refused to go to bed. You finally fell asleep on my shoulder at 9:15 PM after nearly two hours of us putting you down, letting you cry a bit, comforting you, putting you down again…the process felt endless and was mentally exhausting. I think mommy was ready to cry with you at one point. We have GOT to get this sleeping thing down in your fifth month! This is on mommy, by the way, not you—I probably need to get tougher about letting you cry for a bit before I go back in to comfort you. I know I’m supposed to wait at least 5 minutes if you're fussing before I check on you. I usually make it about 3 minutes, then I’m ready to break. I just hate the sound of you crying so much! I know that it’s best if you learn to soothe yourself to sleep, but you just sound so desperate, it breaks my heart.
I know that you're capable of soothing yourself. You have the tools to do it. See—you’ve figured out how to get that thumb of yours into your mouth and keep it there!
In fact, everything goes in your mouth these days. You've gotten so much better at controlling the things you pick up to play with, and now you bring them all up to your mouth to check them out. New textures are so interesting to explore with one's tongue!
Yesterday we finally got some of that spring/summer warmth here in Ohio, so grilling season has officially begun! We had your cousins, aunt and uncle, and CeCe and Gramps over yesterday for kabobs and it was such fun.
Your cousins tried out the hammock…
And you showed everyone your standing-up skills. Nothing makes you happier than gripping someone’s thumbs and pulling yourself up! You can support your weight on your legs so well, and you love being a big boy and looking all around from a standing position.
You continue to do your half-roll-over moves, but have yet to repeat the one time you did a full roll-over weeks ago. I’m starting to think that was a fluke! You arch your back really well and get one foot behind you, you’re poised to really start rolling any day now…but as of now, you seem content to hang out on your side without flipping all the way over.
19-Week monkey pics: