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Little Niko celebrated two of his friends’ first birthdays this weekend. First on the list was Giuliana, and as you can see in the pics below, Niko was the life of the party! At one point during the festivities it was pouring rain, so we took cover under the tent and the little N-bomb fell fast asleep among the hubbub of party goers. What a master party animal we have on our hands.

Sunday was Eli’s first birthday party, and on this particular day Niko wasn’t feeling well. Could it be the four teeth that have pushed their way through his gums over the past week? I don’t know. But he just wasn’t having a good day, so he stayed home with Daddy and I went to the party solo, carrying birthday wishes from home for Baby E.

I found it sort of funny that at both parties the guests of honour didn’t quite know what to make of the birthday cake and candle that was placed in front of them. Stick their hands in? Lick it? They were both a little unsure and kept steeling furtive glances towards their parents for some guidance. But I guess that’s to be expected when you’ve only got twelve months of living under your belt.

Note: As you can see in the second pic below, Niko still has a hankering for his index finger.


We’ve discovered something wonderful: a free babysitter, who we utterly trust and is happy to watch over our babe, while Borys and I get to go out on a date! I’ve mentioned before, that since the birth of our lovely little Niko Borys and I have only had two dates! Yes, two dates. Not a lot for eight months, but I guess this is somewhat to be expected when you’ve got a baby and are first time parents.

Anyway, last night we had Dziadzio over for dinner, then we put Niko to bed and headed out to the movies. These days, once Niko goes to bed, he’s TKO ’til at least after midnight (but usually until about 5 am – sweet little angel that he is), which means we’re safe to leave him and don’t really have to worry that he’ll wake up. Of course we left a bottle just in case, and our cell phone, which we kept on vibrate in our pockets. But the night went off without a hitch. We had a date, Dziadzio babysat (aka watched TV) and Niko slept all the while. I think this could the beginning of a beautiful new tradition!

Note: Pics below are Niko giving me my first Mother’s Day card ever: sweet, thoughtful, baby. And I didn’t even know he knew how to shop!


Niko is exactly 4 months old today! It’s sort of hard to believe and I feel a bit sad that I am already through 1/3 of my maternity leave, but such is life: time just keeps marching on, I guess. On the eve of his four month birthday Niko finally slept alone for the first time. That’s right! Even though Borys had been adamant that he sleep in the same room with us for 6 months, due to Borys’ concerns about SIDS, last night Daddy figured it was finally OK to let him sleep on his own. And what a great night! Niko slept from 11 to 5:30am, and didn’t wake again until 9:30. It’s not like he does this every night, but when he does and I see the time on the clock after I hear his cries, I have a mini celebration for the hours that he slept.

On Halloween, Niko wore a build-a-bear karate outfit, and now each month on the 15th, I take a picture of him beside the bear, whose outfit he actually wore.  The plan is to get a progression of photos throughout the first year of his life, documenting his growth in comparison to the karate build-a-bear.

Note: This is part of a series of blog entries that were inspired when Niko wore the bear’s mini karate gi as a Halloween costume. Since then I have used the bear and the costume to document his growth at three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, and now eleven months.

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SleepingJust a quick follow up: on demand seems to be working out.  Niko demanded (and by demanded, I mean cried for) exactly eight feedings yesterday, and that is how many he was getting when I was waking him up anyway.  I think on demand is probably better because he is actually guaranteed to be hungry when he wakes up.  The only challenging part is not knowing exactly when he will wake: this makes planning things during the day a litte more difficult, but for now we will continue with his on demand schedule, and just hope for the best.


babyHow much do babies need to sleep? And how am I supposed to know the answer to this question?  At times I feel like there is some magical formula out there, and I am just searching for the ingredients to the recipe called The Right and Wrong Way to Raise a Baby.  But then when I really think about it, I realize that this magical formula can’t exist: there is no perfect way.  As time passes I guess I will gain confidence and develop and rely on my own instincts. But seriously, when do babies get on a schedule?

Right now Niko sleeps a lot, but over the past few days I have noticed a shift.  He is sleeping less and has more alert time. Last night I set my alarm for 4am and had planned to feed him then, but he had other plans and woke up hungry at 3am: maybe it had something to do with the time change. This morning he followed a similar pattern: he woke up hungry at 6:30 am and I had my alarm set for 8am. But what a smiley guy he was this when he woke; I have never seen him grin so much! I have to say, that the first few weeks with him have been amazing and getting to know this little man is so much fun.

But back to the main question: I wonder, is he ready to sleep through the night? I know if I look online I will come up with about a million websites offering me free advice.  Is he too young to try to do this now?  Probably the best thing to do is just listen to my baby. Won’t he tell me if he’s ready? Well, I just did a quick search and this is the first hit I came up with.  I guess he might still be a bit young for a full night’s rest…and who knew a full night’s rest in baby terms only meant 5 hours!?

Sleeping Through the Night

You have probably heard that babies should start “sleeping through the night” at about 2 to 4 months of age. What you must understand is that, for a new baby, a five-hour stretch is a full night. Many (but nowhere near all) babies at this age can sleep uninterrupted from midnight to 5 a.m. (Not that they always do.) A far cry from what you may have thought “sleeping through the night” meant!

What’s more, while the scientific definition of “sleeping through the night” is five hours, most of us wouldn’t consider that anywhere near a full night’s sleep for ourselves. Also, some of these sleep-through-the-nighters will suddenly begin waking more frequently, and it’s often a full year or even two until your little one will settle into a mature, all-night, every night sleep pattern. (http://babyparenting.about.com/cs/sleeping/a/newbornsleep.htm)



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