I always said I wasn't going to be that mom. The mom that kept her baby in a basinet beside her bed until he out grew it and then put him in a pack n play beside her bed. The mom that let her baby sleep in the bed between her and her husband. The mom that used a bottle to get her baby to sleep. I am that mom. Actually, I was that mom. Things have changed. My sister has really been on me about teaching Kohen to fall asleep on his own instead of me getting him to sleep while feeding him a bottle. I started the process of Kohen falling asleep on his own about two weeks ago. I fed Kohen a bottle while keeping him awake, changed his diaper, turned off the lights, turned on the ocean sound machine, held him while walking in a circle and singing 3 songs, kissed him, told him night night baby, then laid him in the pack n play by our bed. He immediately cried and stood up. I walked out of the room feeling VERY guilty. I called Shelley and she told me to wait 5 minutes before I went in there again. Kohen screamed the whole 5 minutes. I watched the clock. When the 5 minutes were up, I went into the room and laid Kohen back down. I then waited 10 minutes before I went back in, then 15....this lasted for 40 minutes until he finally fell asleep. I know this sounds horrible but it worked. I can now lay him down for a nap completely awake and he will fall asleep on his own within 5 minutes. The next big hurdle was moving him to his own room and out of the pack n play. Usually when Kohen wakes up during the night I get him and feed him a bottle in bed with us and I just let him sleep with us the rest of the night. Three days ago I started putting Kohen to bed in the crib in his room. I've been sleeping in the guest room because it's right beside Kohen's room. The first night was horrible and I almost gave up and put him in the bed with us. Actually, I did do that but after an hour of Kohen crawling all over his daddy who needed to get up and go to work the next morning, I decided that I HAD TO FOLLOW THROUGH. I took Kohen back to his room, did the ritual of walking and singing, then laid him down. I then started the 5, 10, 15 minute thing. It took about 30 minutes until he fell asleep. The next night he slept in his crib he woke up around 4am crying. I waited before I went in the room and he ended up falling back asleep before I went in there. I was SO excited! The third night Kohen didn't wake up at all and slept until 6:45am. Last night Kohen woke up once but fell asleep again without me going in there. He also slept until 8 this morning!!!! The pack n play is put away for good. No more feeding him a bottle to get him to sleep. And NO MORE sleeping with Mommy and Daddy! I'm SO proud of Kohen and extremely proud of myself for sticking to this plan. The next baby I have will definitely start this process BEFORE he/she is 9 1/2 months old!
Kohen had lots of visitors yesterday! My nephew, Max, started kindergarten today so yesterday my sister asked him what he wanted to do on his last day before school starts...he said "I want to go see baby Kohen!". Below is a picture of Kohen and Max.
Later that day Nana, Julie, AnnaGrace and Julianne came to visit! Below is AnnaGrace and Kohen playing in his room.
This is Julianne and Julie. Julianne is 7 months old.
Kohen is an expert crawler now. He pulls up on EVERYTHING and he will even stand on his own without holding on to anything or using anything to pull up on. He'll just be in the middle of the floor and suddenly stand up! He now crawls from room to room in the blink of an eye. I've started having dreams every night about not being able to find Kohen...it completely freaks me out. Anyway, here are some pictures of my little man exploring our house.
Kohen took his first plane ride on August 2, 2009! We headed to Florida (Cape San Blas) for my brothers wedding. We stayed for 7 days- wish we could have stayed longer!
Kohen did not do very well on the plane ride from LR to Memphis...he was very wiggly and fussy. I was completely stressed out. On the plane from Memphis to Panama City he did great. The Delta pilot and Kohen We made it!!! We arrived just before sunset.
We stayed in a 3 story beach house. It had 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms- very nice! My aunts, uncle and cousins stayed in the beach house too. We had such a great time with our family.
First time Kohen's tootsies have touched the ocean and the sand! He loves it! Jason, Kohen and Laura
We couldn't wait to put his swimsuit on! We just let him play in his clothes :)
Mom, David and Dad
Poppy and Mimi show Kohen the ocean
NO DADDY! I don't want to go inside!!!
My cousins were such a big help with Kohen. This is Laura feeding him.
Early morning breakfast out on the deck
We had four laptops between us...lots of Farm Town going on!
Golf day for the boys. This is Cole, Jason, Dad and Phillip
Laura and Kohen David and Christie Our private pool Our view Mom and Dad Me and Jas My crazy Dad Mimi and Kohen These are my cousins, Phillip, Cole (Phillip's friend), Matthew, Laura and Natalie. I had SOOOOOOOOOO much fun hanging out with my cousins! I love them so much!
Sisiters! Connie, Mom and Christie Poppy and Kohen David (my uncle) Daddy and Kohen Daddy, Mommy and Kohen on the beach! Kohen LOVED "drawing" in the sand with his little index finger. We would sit on the very edge of the water so occasionally the waves would cover our legs. Kohen loved the water too!
Going out to eat! Mom and Dad Kohen and Connie Christie, Mom and I Laura, Kohen and Natalie Me and Jas Wedding rehearsal!!! Dad, Mom, Scott, Kristin, Me, Jason and Kohen Poppy kept Kohen entertained b/c I was a bridesmaid and Jason was busy taking pictures :)
Scott with his best man, Adam Godwin. Scott and Adam have been best friends since they were babies wearing footed pj's! Scott with his groomsmen. Scott, Adam G., Leo, Brad and Adam C. Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom This is where we had the rehearsal dinner The Bride and Groom! Kristin, Scott, Mom and Dad Natalie, Kristin and Laura The whole crew at the rehearsal dinner. I think there were about 35-40 people there. Daddy and Kohen The bridesmaids with the bride. Anna, Me, Kristin, Sarah and Whitney My future sister-in-law! Getting ready before the wedding Kristin's wedding dress Kristin Kristin, Kohen and Dad Kristin's bouquet The groomsmen and groom. Ready for the wedding to start! My family before the wedding Dad and Mom Family photo minus a few family members :) Scott and Kohen Laura and Natalie Natalie, Laura and Matthew Connie, Mom and Christie Phelan Family Britt family Scott escorting mom (and dad) to their seats groomsmen Brides parents, grooms parents The fly over!!! HA! Kristin with her parents Kristin and her dad Laura and Kohen Scott's vows to Kristin Kristin's vows to Scott Family pic Dad and Scott Wedding party I didn't have pictures of the actual ceremony because Jason was video taping durning the ceremony so he couldn't take pictures. I'll get some pics from other people and post later about the ceremony and also I'll add videos later. OH, and our camera battery ran out before the reception, so I'll find and post those pics later too.
The night after the wedding we were craving crab legs so we ate at Two Crabs. YUMMY!!! Kohen holding crab legs After dinner!
Every night my cousins and I would walk the beach and search for crabs. This is a picture of a shark (it was dead) that we came across while walking the beach. Scary! We saw two dead sharks throughout the week and tons of crabs!
Jason, Kohen and I drove to Panama City Beach the last night. We were still craving crab legs so we ate at a really great restaurant while there. This is a picture of my king crab legs :)
Last day on the beach! Time to load up our luggage and go!
Jason and I met in college at Henderson State University. In 2001 we started dating and got married May 31, 2003. I graduated with a BS in Art Education and Jason graduated with a degree in Biology/ Pre-Dental. A month after we were married, we moved to Kansas City so Jason could attend UMKC School of Dentistry. During the four years Jason was in dental school I was an art teacher at one of the best elementary schools in Missouri. I taught grades K-5 and absolutely loved it. We moved back to Arkansas (Conway) summer of 2007. Jason is a dentist in Conway and I am a stay at home mom. I miss teaching so much and will hopefully return to teaching when Kohen gets older. But as for now, I love staying at home with my sweet, sweet baby boy.