Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our year in review

January
*Our house was on the market to sell.
*Mommy had a birthday.
*Mikey was 3 months old.

February
*We moved into our new "old" home.
*Mikey had his first Valentine's Day.

March
*William turned 3.
*Mikey started solid foods.

April
*Took Mikey to Denver Children's Hospital to check is flat head.
*Had fun being a family.

May
*Daddy had a big birthday. The big 3-0-!!
*Mikey got his first tooth!

June
*The boys went to their first Rockies game.
*Took our big family vacation to San Diego and Disneyland.

July
*Mikey's first taste of homemade ice cream on July 4th.
*Mikey moved to his big boy car seat.

August
*Mommy and Daddy went back to Disneyland.
*Mommy started back to work.
*William started Preschool!
*Mikey popped out his top two teeth.

September
*Went to the State Fair Parade.
*Took Mikey back to Denver Children's and found out he has Developmental Delay Disorder.
*Mikey turned one!!!

October
*Visited the pumpkin patch.
*William had his first Halloween party at school.

November
*Got a new kitty, but couldn't keep her because of my allergies.
*Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

December
*A magical Christmas season with 2 wonderful boys.
*Mikey took his first step Dec 30th (his 15 month birthday).

What a wonderful year we had!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Is it almost Christmas already?

Oh my goodness. Time flies when you are a full-time working mother of 2 young boys. Things in our household have been good. Mikey isn't walking yet, but he is cruising everywhere. He is saying a lot more words now: Dada, Mama, Papa, this, dog, hi, bye, fish, eat, yellow, ut-oh, no, down, and probably a couple more that I have forgotten about. His personality is really coming out at this age. He is getting to be a bit of a picky eater (guess he takes after his Mommy), but usually eats more than William does. He is liking to play more and more with William. Whatever William is doing, he likes to be right there. Sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes it isn't. We can see the beginnings of sibling rivalry. William is a little sweetheart. He is doing FANTASTIC in preschool. He knows almost all his letters and a lot of the sounds that go with them! I am totally impressed. He can write his name and sing a lot of cute songs: his favorite being "I'm a Little Tea Pot!" He is really loving Christmas this year. We took both of them to see Santa at the mall yesterday. William told Santa he wants a "roller coaster". I'm not too sure how Santa will fill that order. Everyday he asks me if he can open the presents under the tree. It is fun to see Christmas through his eyes and remember how incredibly exciting it was.





Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Dear Michael,

What an amazing year it has been my love! We have watched you grow so much in the last year that sometimes it is hard to even believe it. When you first came into this world, we loved you so much, and we continue to love you more and more with each passing day. The first few months of your life were full of change for our family. William was getting used to being a brother, and you were getting used to being out of the womb. I have to admit, that you were a very big cry-baby! You were on the verge of having colic, which is something Daddy and I were getting used it too. I had to leave you when you were only 2 months old and go back to work. However, you made the transition to daycare very easily, and it was nice to have your big brother there to watch over you! At 2 months old, you were diagnosed with Torticollis, a tightening of the neck muscle, forcing you to tilt your head. We started taking you to physical therapy once a week to stretch your muscles. You also had an x-ray and a CAT scan to make sure there wasn't something else going on. Luckily, those tests came out fine, and the physical therapy was working well. You had your first Christmas and had lots of fun. In January, we were packing up the house and moving back to our old house. Moving was a little tougher with a baby, but you made the transition to the new house with ease. You were doing great, and at 6 months we got you into the Colorado Blue Sky program and that got us free physical therapy and a new therapist, which was a great change. By the time summer rolled around, you had your first tooth already and we were getting ready for our big family vacation to San Diego and Disneyland. You weren't quite sitting up, but you were rolling around like crazy! You did great on your plane rides and had fun on our vacation. You were such a great baby on vacation. You hardly ever got fussy and loved being around people! You had your first taste of homemade ice cream on the 4th of July and your first swim - which you loved both!! In August, you spent a week with Grandma and Grandpa because Mommy and Daddy took a vacation back to Disneyland. You had fun with Grandma and Papa, even though we missed you a lot while we were gone. Mommy started back at work, and this time, going back to daycare took some getting used to for you, but you got used to it. The end of August, we took you to Denver Children's Hospital to have you evaluated for your delays. You were so cute and all the ladies who were evaluating you were so dazzled by your happy disposition. The doctors said you have "Developmental Coordination Disorder" and you were 4 months behind. No matter, we love you and are relieved that there isn't a disease causing your delay. In September, we had your first birthday party at the church, and all your friends and family came. Now you are 12 months and 1 week old and are rolling, crawling, pulling up, and cruising around the furniture. You are even saying some words, like "Mama, Dada, Ut-oh, Doggie, No, and Yellow". You are quite the talker! You love to eat and give Mommy kisses! At your 1st birthday dr's visit, you were 21 lbs and 29 3/4 in! You are growing and learning so much now that I am loving to see your progress. You aren't as behind as you were and I bet you will be walking soon! We love you little boy, and I am so glad you decided to be a part of our family!
Love,
Mommy

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Michael

Today is Michael's first birthday. There is so much I want to say, but just don't have the time right now. Hopefully, before too long, I can write all that I want to say. In the meantime...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hello September

Yep, more post slacking. I guess that is the new norm for me and this blog. It is just hard to keep up on this blog with everything that is going on in our lives. Benjamin and I took our trip to Disneyland and had a fabulous time!!! It was nice to be away just the two of us. However, once I got back I got really sick and he was still in California to take his class. Thank goodness for my parents, because they really helped me that week since I was a single mom and started back to school that week too. It was absolutely crazy, but we all managed to make it through and Benjamin got back safe and sound. Since then, I have started back teaching. It has been a pretty nice year so far. The new principal is very nice, so all is ok at work for me. BIG NEWS for my William - he started preschool. I can't tell you how well he is doing at preschool. I was a little worried since he has had some separation anxiety in the past, but that first day there were no tears at all, and basically Benjamin and I didn't even need to stay at all. We only stayed about 20 minutes, and I think I had a harder time with it that William did. Mikey is crazy cute. I can't believe his first birthday is at the end of the month. We took him to the Children's Hospital to his development evaluation. He was officially diagnosed with "Developmental Coordination Disorder". From what I have read, it is usually diagnosed with older kids, so I'm not sure how they can come up with the disorder with him so young, so my totally un-medical opinion is I'm not too sure I agree. The good thing is that he doesn't have some sort of disease or genetic problem. He is crawling, pulling up to stand (even though not solid at standing), and he can FINALLY sit on his own without falling back or to the side!!! That last one is a HUGE deal. He really has seemed to blossom in the past months and it almost hurts my heart to realize how fast this past year had gone. We don't plan on having any more kids, so this was my last baby phase. I am going to miss so many parts of having a baby. I can't believe how my boys are just growing and learning so much!!! Oh, and I got a new van - that I absolutely LOVE. We did have to trade in other 2 cars, but it was worth it. Benjamin got a 1990 Ford Escort, so now he has a beater car that will probably get better gas milage than the truck! So, I guess that catches you all up for now!


Here is a picture of Benjamin and I at Disneyland after our "A Walk in Walt's Footsteps" tour.




Willia's first day of Preschool!!!


Here is a picture of Michael at Children's Hospital while we were waiting to start.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bad Blogger, Bad Bad Blogger!!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since May. I guess my Blog might be dying since I am so much more active on Facebook. I post a lot of what is going on with my family there, and do get around to putting the same stuff on this blog. So, lets see if I can do yet another catch up and if I can remember!

Michael - He is now 9 months old. How did that happen so fast? He's got 2 teeth now. They are sooo cute! He rolls and is even doing a modified army crawl forward. That one is really new. He is still behind in his motor skills. I don't know if I posted, but he has qualified for a state program which pays for his physical therapy and now we get it in our home. That is sooo much more convenient! His head shape is not rounding out like I thought it would, but we are going back to Denver Children's Hospital in August sometime, I will bring it up to the development team. It is getting more round, but what concerns me is how lopsided it is. I guess I will just wait and see what they say. We had a family vacation to San Diego and Disneyland the end of June, and Mikey did so great. He was a great little baby and seemed to enjoy his vacation as much as the rest of us. It has been nice to be done with school and to spend time with him and William. He is getting to be quite a MaMa's boy, so I think the stranger anxiety/ separation anxiety is starting. I am still taking the boys to daycare 1 day a week to just kinda keep the habit and to keep them used to going. Last week Robin said that he was kinda whiny and wanted to be held a lot. I am taking them tomorrow, so we will see how things go.



William - What a little cutie! He is noe fully POTTY TRAINED!!! Hallelujah!! We were having some trouble, and then one day it just kinda clicked for him. I have no clue how it happened, but it did! I was really nervous about the potty training and our vacation. He had only been in big boy underwear for like a week before we left, but the kid amazed all of us! He did so well! He told us when we needed to go, and didn't even have an accident. What a kid! He loved the beach and jumping over the waves. He really enjoyed Disneyland too. Before we went there, we thought his favorite character was Mickey Mouse, but while we were there, we found out his favorite is really Goofy! He was so fun having on the trip, and Benjamin and I are really excited to take both boys back to Disneyland once they get older and can really ride the rides. We are currently waiting to see if he was accepted to the preschool at my school. I'm not sure what is going on since I know we are a classroom short, and I know there was talk about removing the 3 year old preschool. So, if that happens, then I don't see us getting him in another preschool. That one works since I work there and daycare is only 4 blocks away. I am supposed to hear this month, and even called them today to see what was up. But, of course, I didn't get a call back. Maybe tomorrow.



Benjamin and I - We are the boring adults, so nothing that exciting is really going on with us. Benjamin is still the best husband in the world! He really got into the pin trading at Disneyland, and we both are going back to Disneyland in August! WooHoo! It just kinda worked out to go. Benjamin has a class he is taking in Costa Mesa. We had no clue where that is in California, so when we saw how close it is to Disneyland, we decided to go back, just the 2 of us, and get to spend some time together. It is right before school starts for me, so it will be a great getaway before school. Since we only were at Disneyland for 2 days we didn't get to much, especially with the 2 kids. So, this time we get to ride the BIG RIDES!! I am so excited! I guess in other news, I am getting a new principal at my school next year since my former principal retired, so it will be a new year for us!



So, that catches you up a bit. Check me out on Facebook for better updates on our family, but I will try to keep this Blog going.
Here are a few more pics.



Sunday, May 16, 2010

99 things I ought to do

Instructions:Copy the list, bold the ones you've done (with explanations if needed), share with friends.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (& been to disney world)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (ran 4 5ks)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (kinda - did a math center book for my school district)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What a month!

Here it is again. Another month gone by without me bloggin. I guess keeping a blog is tough when you are a full time working mom of 2!


Mikey: Well, we took him to a neurologist in March to have his head looked at. The neurologist said that he doesn't need a reforming helmet (YEA!!!!) and that once he starts sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, etc, and not laying down so much, his head will round out on its own! Great news. He is still seeing the physical therapist for his Torticollis and delays. She said he is doing well and even making up some ground. We have an appointment next week to see if he is delayed enough to receive free services from the state. They used to qualify kids just based on their diagnosis, but not anymore. So, he will have his evaluation on May 4th. I am looking forward to seeing what the professionals say about his development. He is progressing, just a little bit behind others. He is loving his solids now, and smiles, smiles, smiles. He is the best baby. He got over a sinus infection, and is sleeping all night again. He is a great kid!


Here is a picture of him waiting at Children's Hospital for the neurologist.




William: One word can describe him lately - HANDFULL!!! We are still working on the potty training, but it isn't going very well. He has his good days and he has his bad days. We aren't ready for the real underwear yet, but I sure hope we can get him trained before he goes to kindergarten! ;-) He is really a good kid! He is riding his tricycle all the time. He loves to swing and go down the slide of the play area Grandma and Grandpa got him for his birthday. He is into trains, and must be having a growth spurt because he is eating like a horse!! Maybe this is how it will be when he is a teenager!

Pizza Night with Daddy! (Excuse the hair - he wanted "Goofy Hair") ;-)







Benjamin: Doing fine. He is all happy now because he got himself a 67 mustang to play with! He's already got the thing torn apart and parts to replace other parts all over the garage, and even in the basement. He is the best hubby since he took care of the kids this past week when I was really sick. He did everything! In fact, he is at the grocery store right now. What a guy!

Me: Holding my breath until the end of school. I would be lying if I said this was a good year for me at work. It has been one of the worst. It started off with me being 9 months pregnant with a student teacher. Then, I missed a lot of days even before I had the baby because of complications with the pregnancy. September 30th, Mikey was born - so I was out of work until January. However, we couldn't afford for me to be gone that long, so I came back 2 weeks early, only to take over after my student teacher and the transition was tough. Not only the transition from student teacher to regular teacher for me and the class, but the transition to being a full-time working mom with a 2 year old and an infant. Going back was way harder this time. This time I had 2 kids to take care of and the baby was younger than William was when I went back. I've missed a ton of days this year (not even counting my maternity leave) because of either doctor's appointments, sick children, or my own sicknesses. I'd like to be able to go a full week without missing a day. Ugh! I've also had some parents mad at me this year, which is a new experience. I think they were surprised on how I ran a much tighter ship than my student teacher, and therefore, am a tougher teacher. I guess I can't please everyone, but I sure do try. My plan is to just keep doing the best I can for the next 6 weeks, and then I can relax a little during the summer.

Benjamin and I went to the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown this past weekend. We have gone for the past 6 years. It was quite the experience this year with the scariest drive of my life. We knew it was going to be a little snowy, but we had no idea it would be this bad!!!


Cars going off the road!!


And some cars even facing the wrong way down the interstate!



But we made it in one piece. We had lots of fun, and it was nice to get a break from the kids and spend some Benjamin and Alesha time. (Thanks Mom and Dad for watching the boys for us.) Now, it is back to reality - like laundry. I guess I best get to it!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mikey's first solids

We gave Mikey his first solids this weekend. I wouldn't call it a huge success, but he didn't hate it either! I can't believe he is going to be 6 months old next week!!

Here he is waiting for his meal!




"I'm not so sure about this Mom!"



"Ok, so maybe it isn't so bad."




Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wow, a month without one post!

Oops! How did that happen? A whole month gone by without me posting anything. I guess we've been a little busy. We have officially moved! It is sure nice to be home. Moving, however, was a big pain in the neck, so I am hoping that we will stay put for more than a year or two! Since Benjamin and I have been married (5 years) we have moved 5 times!!! Yikes!

A lot has happened that I haven't blogged about. The biggest (other than the move) was William's 3rd birthday! We had a "Star Wars" birthday for him. He loved it.

Here is a montage video I made for his birthday...



We went to the pediatrician yesterday for his 3 year visit. He now weighs 30 lbs and is 3 ft tall. Both are in the 25th percentile. He is talking well, knows most of his colors and letters, and is a wonderful kid! I have to say though that the last few weeks, he is starting to get the toddler attitude. If we say no to anything, then he gets a frown and pouts. But, even with his attitude, he still is a great little boy. He is an awesome big brother. Mikey is always smiling and laughing at him. Here is a cute little video of it!





Mikey is doing well too. He has had us worried the past week with a tummy bug, but we are hoping he is on the mend. In fact, today he rolled over for the first time...







He is still working on his Torticollis, but it is much better. We've also been a little concerned since he has been a little behind on holding his head up, putting weight on his legs, and the rolling over. We have been going to physical therapy once a week, and it has really been helping. The pediatrician wanted to see some improvement by his 6 month appointment (which is in 2 weeks) and there is definite improvement. We are going to start some solids next week, so that will be fun. We were going to try this weekend, but with his tummy bug, we decided to wait a week. Look at his smile. Isn't he just the cutest baby ever??




Benjamin and I are doing well. Benjamin has done a fantastic job getting us all unpacked and settled into our new "old" house. I think he is excited to have that 3rd car garage back so he can get working on his hot rod project!! I'm doing fine. We have been doing our state testing this past week (CSAP) and I am glad it is over! I have one more week of work and then Spring Break. I am very much looking forward to a week off. Well, that is what is happening. Hopefully, now that we are moved and all, I'll be able to keep up with this blog better. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

WE ARE MOVING!!!!

WooHoo!! We sold our house!! Yes, I admit that I haven't blogged in a while. But to catch you up, we have sold our house. We close in 1 week! We have been packing and getting ready for the move. It isn't the best of timing, because Benjamin is going out of town next Saturday. The actual closing is on Feb 5th, but the people who are living in the house we are buying may not be out of the house until the 7th, and Benjamin is leaving for his trip on the 6th. Soooo, we will try to move on the 12th, and the boys and I will be staying with Mom and Dad, because the house will be all packed up. We have to be out of our house on the 12th, and Benjamin gets back on the 11th. It is all kinda crazy, but I am sure we will get it all done.
The boys are doing well. William had another ear infection, but when we went to the ENT, he said his ears were looking pretty good, so I think we are going to wait on the tubes. Since we are in the middle of the move, and his ears are looking good, it just makes sense to wait. I have been dragging my feet on getting tubes because I just HATE the thought of William having surgery again. However, if he does end up needing the tubes, we will do it. Michael is getting bigger everyday. He is 4 months old today! How can that be? He has had 2 PT appointments for his Torticollis, and is doing great. His neck is getting stronger and when you look at him, you really can't even tell his head is tilted anymore! He is smiling all the time, and is getting close to rolling over. He hasn't done it quite yet, but I bet it won't be long. I think he is teething since he is starting to drool and chew on everything. I don't think William got a tooth until he was 7 or 8 months old. Maybe Michael will get his first tooth at 4 months?!?!

Benjamin and I are fine. Nothing too much going on with us, other than packing and getting ready for the move.
Here are a couple pictures I would like to share...
Michael today - 4 months old
Brothers
(Guess I should have combed William's hair before taking this one!)
Daddy and his boys

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2 ear infections - not just one

Our interesting week last week did not end on the weekend. Michael started getting the same symptoms as William, and on Saturday night we decided to take him to the Urgent Care. However, once we got there they said they do not see babies under 4 months, so we ended up taking Michael to the ER. Luckily, there wasn't a wait at all. We got back and found out that Michael has an ear infection too. The ER doc told us not to give him the antibiotics for 24 hours to see if he could fight it off on his own. Well, Monday he still wasn't feeling well so we took him to our regular pediatrician. He told us, yes, he does have the ear infection and give him the antibiotics. So, now both boys are on meds. Luckily, they both seem to be getting better and that makes me feel better too. Of course, they have now shared their germs with Mom and Dad, so both Benjamin and I aren't feeling 100% now too. Hopefully, we will all get better soon!

Michael's first physical therapy appointment is today. I have taken a half day off to go. I hope we find out the Torticollis is mild. The last few days his head has been really crooked, but seems to be a little better today. I wonder since he wasn't feeling well, if that caused him to have less neck control. I guess that is something I'll have to ask today. Wish us luck!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

An interesting development

This week wasn't a totally horrible week, but a week filled with some concerning news. Let's start off with Monday. For a while now, Michael has been having some trouble keeping his head up and it is always tilted. Since I am the computer geek that I am, I got on the computer and "Googled" tilted, head, infant - up popped "Torticollis". Torticollis is a tightening of the neck muscles on one side. So, on Monday, since Benjamin was off of work and watching the boys, I asked him to take Michael to the pediatrician to get checked out. The doctor said that Michael does have Torticollis, and had Benjamin take him to radiology for an x-ray of his neck to make sure that the Torticollis is muscular and not skeletal. So, when school was out, I called Benjamin to see how things were going and met him at the radiology office. They sent us to the hospital because the hospital's equipment was better for the baby. So, about 2 hours later, Michael got the x-ray and did great. The rest of the week was just waiting for the results. After a few phone calls, I finally got the results today that Michael's x-ray was normal (good news) and the torticollis is muscular. So now, we have an appointment with out-patient rehabilitation for an evaluation for Michael. The good news is that Torticollis is curable with physical therapy. So, once we get the evaluation, we will find out how long we need Michael in PT and if we can do some of the movement and stretches at home with him. Our appointment is next Friday - as long as the insurance goes through. I hope that my little Michael will get more control of his neck so he can do some sitting up soon. He is still on track developmentally. In fact, while he was at the pediatrician's he was grabbing at his toy hooked on the car seat. He is full of smiles and has been doing great sleeping through the night with that miracle blanket! So, now if we can just take care of his little neck, things will be much better for him.

Wouldn't it have been nice to just have to deal with the Toriticollis? But of course, that would be too easy. When I picked up William and Michael from daycare today, Robin (the lady who takes care of them) said that William really didn't eat much and had a runny nose. OH MAN! That can only mean one thing - another ear infection. Of course, this was all at 4pm on Friday, so once I got home with the kids, I called our ENT to see if he could call us in a prescription for some antibiotics. This poor kid has only been off antibiotics for 2 weeks! So, we will be talking to the ENT to schedule William to get another set of tubes soon. His last set really helped him, so I hope this set will too. I have to say, that even when William has an ear infection, he is still a happy boy. He won't let it get him down until it gets to the point of an almost rupture of the membrane. What a little trooper. He is now in bed for the night and I sure hope he gets a good night's sleep. He really needs it.

After a very long stressful week, I am exhausted. Thank goodness I can sleep in a little tomorrow. Now, if only my boys cooperate with me and LET me sleep in, it would be blissful!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I LOVE the miracle blanket!!!

Michael is quite the escape artist when it comes to the swaddle. He was breaking out of his swaddle at night and waking up Mommy and Daddy almost every hour to be re-swaddled and for binky replacement. Well, I had heard of the miracle blanket from the internet, so Benjamin and I decided to try it out. It was pretty expensive - $36 - but it is the best $36 we have spent!!! We have used it for 2 nights, and Michael has slept 9 hours the first night and 10 hours last night. Not one peep from him. Yea for a good night's sleep!!