Planet Dad Cheese
by Karla ° Thursday, May 3, 2007
I am tired. So very tired these days. Nate has been waking up 2 or 3 times a night for the past two weeks and after a good long stretch of him sleeping through the night, I thought the days of floating between islands of sleep and sleep deprived hallucinations were a thing of the past. But the purple saddle bags under my eyes say otherwise.

He is waking up to eat. So maybe he is finally going through a growth spurt and will start to beef up a little so I can stop worrying about how skinny he (apparently) is. And I say apparently because the chubba chub chub on his chunky baby thighs and the roundness and glow of his adorable little face doesn’t seem cadaverous to me at all, but you know, the charts. The stupid charts say that an 11.5 lb four month old is small.

The nice thing about my tiny tot’s weightlessness is that he is easy to carry. And swing through the air. Which he loves, so we spend a lot of time pretending he can fly.

Last night, we were all hanging out in bed and because I was so tired, I shoved my face in a pillow, noted the fact that I don’t have a beach ball-like appendage stopping me from lying on my stomach anymore and sort of dozed while Mark kept Nate entertained. I listened to him whoosh Nate back and forth above his head while they pretended to travel around the solar system. Every time Nate blasted off into space he would squeal with delight and every time he landed he burst into fits of giggles as they explored places like Planet Dog Cheese and Planet Dad Cheese. After exploring everything on the bed except me, Mark landed Nate smack dab on my ass and said “Look Mom, I just landed on URANUS.”

It would be nice to blame being sleep deprived on how funny that was to me, but the truth is I have yet to figure out when I will grow up so that word will stop making me giggle like a little school girl.


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that is hilarious. i totally giggled at that. i am pretty sure we need a video of naterbug flying through space please, so we can all giggle with you.

I hate to break it to you, but it might be a long, long time before Nate isn't waking you up 2 or 3 times a night. Porgie is almost 11 months old, and she still wakes up to be fed twice a night. I honestly can't remember the last time I got a full night's sleep.
Posted by Blogger Christy :  May 03, 2007

Hahaha, that's great. I giggled out loud when I read it!

Perhaps Nate is "regressing" because he is about to progress on to the next milestone. He may also be ready to beef up. Either way, I'm wishing some sleep for you.

Try not to worry about the charts, Nate is just fine.
Posted by Blogger Heather :  May 03, 2007

No, that's definitely funny!
Posted by Blogger Gina :  May 03, 2007

You aren't alone...I giggled like a school girl reading it! And I agree with Shannon, a video on it would be great.
Posted by Blogger Stephanie :  May 03, 2007

Too funny! Sleep deprivation is a horror. Avelyn consistently slept through the night from months 2-5, then she stopped. Between teething, feeling lonely, coughing fits, and general babbling, she is often up once or twice and I am so tired! It's so hard to go back to night wakings once you've tasted the sweetness of sleeping through the night. Why are our kids so very cruel? :)
Posted by Anonymous Amanda :  May 03, 2007

Interesting coincidence. I had a Uranus post a couple weeks ago.

There is one other advantage to having a small child. They actually have time to wear all those cute little clothes. Take it from a mom who has had a giant one and a tiny one.
Posted by Blogger Julia :  May 03, 2007

I giggled at that as well! Love that word!

And nate might be small to the charts standards but if I can recall he has some pretty skinny parents. Think about that you are on the low end of the chart arent you Karla?

Try not to freak out by the chart is a chart a estimate. Nate looks healthy and if your doctor is not concerned I am sure he is just fine!

Listen to me I don't even have kids! You are a great mom!
Posted by Blogger TBG :  May 03, 2007

I keep reading this as Planet Cheese Dad and seeing as I don't know Mark at all, I'm wondering if he really is a Cheese Dad?

And you know, I'll add my 2 cents worth regarding sleeping through the night. Kids need to be trained to sleep through the night, it isn't something that they are born with (obviously or they'd do it easily and on their own). If you are interested in a great parenting philosophy, visit Raymond Parenting. One day you might just decide that a good mum is a well-rested mum and pull out all stops to getting Mr. Nate to sleep 12-13 hours. Good luck though, he's still a bit wee to make it 12 hours without a boob or two.
Posted by Blogger Mama T :  May 03, 2007

I'm kind of a sucker for that one too.
Posted by Blogger Anvilcloud :  May 03, 2007

Dude, you just said Uranus!
Posted by Blogger D :  May 03, 2007

I've been laughing at that word now for a couple of weeks! I think I like your version the best, though!

I agree w/Julia, Cole is the only kid I've had that has actually gotten any wear out of his little clothes. Both TJ and Taryn outgrew everything as soon as I put in on them! A lot of stuff never even got worn! Of course, I shopped for Cole thinking he'd be like the first two, and now all of his clothes are too big! When Cole was 4 months old, he wasn't much bigger than Nate. I don't think he sounds all that small at all.
Posted by Blogger Christi :  May 04, 2007

Does he look like his Daddy in that picture OR WHAT??? :)
Posted by Blogger Megan :  May 04, 2007

Additionally? It is a good thing you didn't marry my husband, who's last name is Annis, which means that MY last name is now Annis, which means that since September 2006 I have been being called Mrs. Anus by people with straight faces who for some reason think THAT IS REALLY HOW YOU PRONOUNCE OUR NAME.

If your last name was Annis, you would be giggling all the time! :)

ANN-ISSSSSS, people!!! Just like it looks!! Get it right!!!
Posted by Blogger Megan :  May 04, 2007

Funny, I should read this today b/c just last night we were all joking about Uranus ourselves. Makes our whole family laugh, so you are not alone!
Posted by Anonymous Beth :  May 04, 2007

I agree!! You'll get good use of his clothes. My little boys both wear clothes from the previous year. For instance, I pulled out what Lucas wore last summer (o-3 months and 3-6 months) and he can still wear all of the 3-6 months. Last summer they were big on him, but this year they that he is 14 months old!! Logan is 4.5 and I pulled out his clothes from last summer (mostly 2T and 3T). Last year they were big and this year they fit. He actually has a pair of Gap shorts in size 12-18 months that are a perfect fit...LOL!!

I know it is hard not to worry when the doctor is telling you your child is not on the chart. Logan finally made it onto the chart at 4 years old (10% for weight and 20% for height). Lucas is still tiny (14.5 lbs. at 14 months old). He seems happy and healthy...just small.

Oh....and if you bought an infant carrier type'll get your money out of that, too. Lucas is still in his. I'm in the process of looking for a new one since he is about 29 inches long and his carseat only goes to 30 inches.

Oh...and Lucas did the same thing with sleeping through the night. He did for a while and then didn't, then did, then didn't. For now he is. I'm hoping this is it this time. Logan slept through the night from about 6 weeks on, so I'm not used to this.
Posted by Blogger Candi :  May 05, 2007


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