Monday, 21 March 2016
We love our boy just too much... And we don't want him to cry at night so we always picked him up and cuddle him. So he won't go to sleep by himself ever. We had a brief moment in time when he did fell asleep by himself but he was just a small baby then.
And he also migrated into our bed. I guess with the moving we did in his first year of life it might be very complicated to get used to one bedroom.
It is nice to have your baby next to you sleeping and hugging but not all the time and not when this baby takes all the space and also like to kick and pull your hair... Enough was enough and besides he is a big boy (relatively) right now so we have decieded to finally move him into his own room and to try to sleep train....
We have been doing if for about a week now... Edgar will have a bath, we get ready for bed and read him a story. They he would go into his cot with a bottle and we will leave the room... And few minutes later he will be sound asleep. It is freaking Magic! I love this! My life is much easier now..
But it was super hard to start. Our big man enjoyed stuffing his fingers into his mouth and making himself sick in protest. We were with him the 1st night and I found all the yelling so hard that I had to leave the room and second I did it Edgar was covered in sick and husband shouted for help. First night he didn't want to give up and I felt very evil for not soothing him so he ended up in our bed from about 4am and slept till 7am. Now that doesn't happen very often.
I of course felt guilty for putting all of us throw this horrid cry and yell a night before and in a way it was all for nothing that I gave in and took him in... However I felt it was still an achievement that he put himself to sleep.
In a day I had yet another challenge on my hands-nap time! Oh this was hard. After I moved his bed so he cannot pull the curtains and look out of the window he complained at me for about 5-10mins and went to sleep.
Little bed moved to the wall next to the mantel. Well you can't see and old Victorian fireplace but we have a shelf for big man where he can get his bottles of milk or water when he wants to.
Night time is now great. He just might need a change of nappy but otherwise he is fairly indipendant getting his own drinks and such.
We still struggle with naps but it is still early days. I still sit with him in a day till he falls asleep and sometimes he ends up in our bed. Edgar still doesn't quiet know what is a blanket for so he gets chilly at times and needs to be swaddled. But now he always wakes up happy and according to the husband I "look more human" and I don't need to nap anymore!!
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Travelling from one country to another... With two flights and a train journey is hard. Now try to do it with a toddler that won't stay still for a moment...
We are back now from Russia to sunny and windy Wales. The travel actually wasn't too bad, all things considered. He slept on the 1st flight for about half an hour and was really pleased about the lady behind us and in front of us. That kid is such a charmer when he wants to be.
We barely survived the layover. Oh by the way the worst service in TGI Fridays in Sheremetevo airport. It wasn't busy they weren't rushed off their feet or anything. To order it took like 15 mins, then for my drink, Pepsi light, it was another 15 mins... Oh and I never seen my change. We waited for a bit but big man started to kick off big time... Well I guess I wouldn't have tipped otherwise. I never felt this way before about the service anywhere... And I worked in that industry!
But the cabin crew on the flight to London were excellent! One of them held the big man while I was dealing with the pram. And on the way out while I was holding the big man again they have tied my shoe lace! Aeroflot you have surprised me and provided an outstanding service!
Big man slept for most of the second flight!
But the train journey was hard work. The plane has limits for Edgar to move around... However the train is free to roam around! He found the dog to look at and be amazed by. Quick hallo to the lady owner she was lovely!
Then we talked to a new mum and her little girl. Someone was very charming again. They talked to each other! Was just so cute! Ladies, we don't know your names but hope you had great time at grandmother's in Bristol.
Then Edgar was set to steal the suitcase of the blind gentlemen and wanted to play with his clever guide dog...
But then we have finally arrived.
This Monday was the longest ever... We were up from 3am Chelyabinsk time then I went to nap at 3pm Cardiff time until 8.30pm and went back to bed at 10.30pm. While the big man joined me in bed and in zzzz land at 4pm and woke up at 5.30am... Poor lad was tired!
Well I'm looking forward not to travel I internationally for a while!
But if you are travelling with toddler... Pack food drink and toys and clothes... And do not feel guilty. You have to travel. And you happen to have a child with you. Everyone can just deal with it.... They them selves either traveled with kids before or were kids, and I bet they weren't as well behaved as your kid!