Before Ian became a world traveler (with his own passport!) he was having a mighty fine time here at home. In fact, he passed a few milestones that we haven’t had a chance to chronicle here in Blog Ian. Principal among these are:
- He stopped breast feeding.
- He started sleeping through the night. (Hallelujah!)
They happened virtually simultaneously back in April. Marysia had to go out of town for a conference on 7 April [CORRECTION: Marysia reminds me that the date was 20 May] and was gone for three days. She figured that this would be a good time to wean Ian.
He was definitely ready. Hardly made a peep about the missing breast milk.
And after that weekend, he pretty much started sleeping through the night–from about 8:00 p.m. to about 6:00 a.m. There are still the occasional nights when he lets loose with a blood-curdling scream at 3:00 and there are still those times when he’s up for an hour in the middle of the night, but usually these night disturbances have a physical reason. His tummy is upset or he’s coming down with something.
I guess it was just before his 20-month birthday that the change happened. I am so relieved that he finally reached this milestone. The disruption of sleep has been one of the toughest things about parenthood to deal with. In some respects, I feel like we’ve had insomnia for a year and a half.
Another big change has been his move into an older kids room at the Children’s Discovery Center (as we reported in the 25 April 2005 blog entry). His new teacher is Ms. Miriam.