Learning the true powers of *Sleep*

December 4, 2009 - Leave a Response

Like all new parents, we cannot get enough newborn snuggles or kisses, and find ourselves foregoing the swing or bassinet, preferring instead to feel sweet Blaise sawing logs on our chest. Blaise’s first day home was no different, as Daddy and son enjoyed an afternoon on the couch watching football.

The problem: this glorious marathon of sleep and bonding lasted for almost six hours! Neither of us realized this would translate to an evening of restless wakefulness and insistent feedings. Mom thinks upwards of seven awakenings in a short 9 hour period.

So… needless to say, we immediately sought how to rectify the sleeping issue. Our lactation consultant (a wonderful woman whom we refer to as “Boob” Donna 😉 had taught us that babies are more likely to sleep longer at night if they’ve been given the majority of their necessary caloric intake during the day. She encouraged waking Blaise every two to three hours for feeding, and taught us techniques for waking a contentedly sleeping baby. 

Results were immediate!! Our little turkey has been sleeping consistently between 11:30pm and 4am (sometimes even 5am! anything later and Mom will purposefully wake Blaise to eat). After this feeding, he’ll sleep again until about 8:30 or 9am.

Hallelujah!! I am amazed by this simple yet highly effective technique! Not only are mom & dad rested, but Blaise is happier, fuller, and more rested 😉 Thanks Boob Donna!

First Christmas Tree

December 4, 2009 - Leave a Response

Super Daddy!

The Bonnells have an annual tradition of chopping down a Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Blaise and mommy came home from the hospital on Saturday (2 days after turkey day), and they spent that day resting and getting acclimated to their new surroundings.  When Sunday came around it was a beautiful and 60 degrees outside, and the Stacey-Blaise duo were getting restless and needed some fresh air.  So we decided to keep with tradition and go get our tree at Bernard’s Christmas Tree Farm.  It was not only Blaise’s first Christmas tree, but also his first adventure outside!  In just a few years, I figure he is going to be “Clark Griswold” bringing home the “pine!”

Congratulations!!!

December 2, 2009 - 2 Responses

Bill and Stacey Bonnell are the proud parents of their first child! We welcome the birth of Blaise Thomas Bonnell! He was born on Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2009) at 8:43am.  He weighed in at 8.0 lbs and a length of 21.0 inches.  He is perfect!