Mason’s Initiation

Mason was happy to be home

Mason finally had his day care initiation. The other kids … gave him a cold, which means he can now be accepted by the others. He had a temp for the weekend, then came down with a cough early this week. The cough hasn’t went away quite yet, but I’m sure it will soon.

First day of daycare

Mason Epley

Mason is getting ready for his first day of daycare.

Mason had a great first day at daycare. He is the only boy in a room of 6 kids…so he’s going to be a ladies man! He was so busy looking at all the lights and “talking” to all the girls that he only took two naps for 30 min each time! So by the time I got there to pick him up at 12:30, he was very tired – and proceeded to sleep for 3 1/2 hours once we got home.

The teacher said he was great and never cried once…so I guess that means he gets to come back tomorrow!!


We’re making progress! I know we weren’t supposed to, but over the past 5 weeks we’ve let Mason sleep on us and with us. Even though everything we read said we shouldn’t and that he could get used to it and not sleep on his own, it was just easier this way. But this weekend…we decided to get on the “good parent” track.

Saturday night we put Mason in his crib to sleep for the night. He went in his crib around 10…that lasted maybe 30 minutes before he was crying like crazy. Dan stayed up with him for a while and they ended up sleeping on the couch for a while. I got up to feed him at 1, after that, I put him back in his crib…and he actually fell asleep! He slept for 2 1/2 hours before waking up hungry. Then went back to sleep in his crib for 2 1/2 more hours. On Sunday night, we did the same routine…only this time he went to his crib at 10pm, then after getting a pacifier he slept until 1:45! And again after each feeding (at 1 & 4) he went back to sleep in his crib.

I think the thing that has helped with this the most is having a nice warm room. We put a space heater in his room and it seems that he LOVES that. We walk in and he practically falls asleep instantly.

I realize it’s only been two nights…but I’m hopeful that this is going to lead to being able to get him into a routine before I go back to work in a couple weeks!

I had high hopes…

Yesterday started off GREAT! Mason fell asleep in his crib after 2 hrs of cooing & admiring the shadows on the wall. He only slept for about 30 min, but by that time it was time to eat again. After that, he watched me play with rattles and show him all of his stuffed toys before dozing off again. After his next meal he was a bit fussy, so I put him back in the crib and he put himself to sleep – where he stayed for about 45 minutes. He woke up hungry and super fussy…he wouldn’t let me put him down, so finally he fell asleep while I held him for almost 3 hours.

Considering how long he was awake, I thought this meant a great nights sleep for everyone. Even after his three hour nap he spent a lot of time awake, looking around, “playing”, etc. However…when it came time to actually go to bed, Mason had other ideas. He laid in crib for about 30 minutes, then woke up crankier than ever. And it took over an hour of walking, bouncing, eating and singing before he fell fast asleep. It was like he was afraid I’d put him down in that awful crib again. And as far as that great night of sleep I was expecting…yeah right. All that awake time yesterday didn’t impact the length of time Mason slept at all. He still woke up every 2 1/2 to 3 hrs.

All that awake time from yesterday has impacted something though…his sleeping today. It’s 2pm, and I think he’s been awake for about 2 hours total since 7am. Ahh the joys. Someday there will be a pattern here, right?

If only he wasn’t so dang cute…