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Monday, February 10, 2014

Church baby

We took Gibson to church for the first time when he was 8 days old.  He pretty much slept through the entire service.  And he continued to sleep through church for a couple of months.  It was wondrous.

And then he started to be awake.  And never sleep during church.  And it was a nightmare.  Especially when he was little, I pretty much never heard an entire sermon because Gibson was constantly spitting up everywhere and pooping and crying.  I didn't feel comfortable taking him to the nursery because he was so little and screamy, and I assure you that no one would have wanted to deal with him for very long.

Now that he's older, church is a little better as far as the screaming and vomit go.  But since he's on a more consistent schedule, I find that church falls right in the middle of Gibson's first nap.  Which is very bad news for his mood the rest of the day.

Gibson woke up at 7:45 yesterday (which is the BEST), and didn't go down for a nap before church.  He was pretty happy when we got there...he made up a game where he drops things off the pew and then tries to dive off to get them.  Super fantastic.  And then during worship he clapped and sang yelled along with everyone.

And then it's the best time...nursery time!  I love taking Gibson to the nursery, because that means that I can actually listen and learn during the sermon instead of wrestling a screaming baby.

When the service was over I went and picked Gibson up from the nursery.  And he was fussy and tired.  So that would have been a good time to take him home for a nap, right?


After church we stayed and chatted with people for awhile!  Because fellowship is important, and we hadn't seen anyone from church in awhile because of the snow.  But then we were hungry and decided that it was time for lunch.

So that's when we took him home for a nap, right?


Then we went to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things for lunch because we were having someone from church over.  And then we finally headed home so that Gibson could nap.

And he fell asleep in the car.

I don't know if other babies are like this, but if Gibson sleeps for 10 minutes in the car, he thinks his nap is over.  And will NEVER EVER SLEEP AGAIN.

And then he was a pill for the rest of the day.

So I guess either I need to stop being so social, or we need to give Gibson some coffee on Sunday mornings so he isn't fussy.

...I vote for coffee!
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  1. In our church nursery, we have a crib in a side room that we often put babies in when they need a quiet place to sleep. There's a window cut out so I can keep an eye on them in case they have a meltdown. It helps A LOT with fussiness after church. Another thing I've seen is mothers rocking their babies in swaddle holds while fellowshipping in order to lull the baby to sleep, and then the baby sleeps through the car ride home. I'm not sure if this helps you in your situation, but it might be something to ask your church about providing (especially if you're a baby-infused congregation) or to try helping him nap even when people are around (VERY difficult for some babies, I know--I'm the nursery teacher, so I have lots of fun with this!).

  2. We are going through the same thing! It's rough. But very worth it! (Even if it really doesn't feel like it in the moment.) --> I have to tell myself this each Sunday. Many times. Many, many times.

    1. It's definitely worth it! But some Sundays are just super rough...I'm excited for Gibson to someday only nap in the afternoon. I think it will make life easier for all of us!


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