The Boy slept an awful lot today. There's no doubt in my mind that he's growing again, all things considered - I think that he sleeps more when he's growing. It's hard to tell, though, because I spend so many hours per day with him. But, still.
Last night, he went to sleep at about 9:30 - The Wife took him with her to teach a lesson and to pick up food at Trader Joe's. He likes the supermarket - lots of things to look at and sounds to hear. He slept all the way through until 7AM - first time he's slept that long in his life! When she put him down last night, he screamed until he found his thumb - then sucked until he fell asleep. Perhaps he's finally figured out how to use that as a soothing mechanism; I believe, according to the things that I've read, that his sleep-through-the-night thing is supposed to start sometime around now, anyway. This morning, he was awake for 90 minutes, then slept until 10:30; awake for a feeding, a trip to the bagel store and Babies'R'Us (where he got a COOL turtle / froggie / fishie / buggie mobile for his chair) and most of Home Depot, when he started to fade. He slept until about 1 o'clock, then another hour nap later. After eating and pooping and peeing A LOT, he went down for some Tummy Time on his gym - and fell asleep after struggling with it for five minutes or so. Lots of stress, I guess.
I mean, he's a busy guy - lots of bottles to drink, toys to play with and diapers to fill.
The cloth diaper thing really is starting to work, but it requires a higher level of vigilance than the disposables. The contact rash that he was getting from the perfumes and powders on the disposable diapers is gone, completely; the only big problem is an ugly moisture rash caused by pee-pee diapers left on too long. Still, that's almost cleared up - another day or two, and it should fade. But, it's ugly - peeling and red and gross. It's remarkable how cheerful he is, considering the rash on his nether regions.
We have three types of disposables - plain old double-fold, you-pin-em diapers; molded cloth with snaps (both of those require a cover to go outside in); and the Bum Genius diapers, which are incredible - the ease and absorbency of a disposable (times, like, three) with the reuse of a cloth. While he's home, I'm keeping him in the double=folds, mostly; this lets me monitor him and get him changed out of wet diapers quickly and efficiently, hopefully curing him of that rash until the next time I'm stupid and forget.
I do like the cloth diapers, in principle. They are a whole lot better for the environment than the disposables, I think. (That is, until the drought hits.) And, his skin is as sensitive as mine. I can't stand the perfumes and things in normal detergents.
From a musical perspective, he's got his first favorite song: "If You're Happy And You Know It." I sing it to him, and I clap his hands for him, stomp his feet for him (on my belly, natch) and say "Hooray!" for him (while giving his belly a gentle squeeze / tickle), and he loves it. He gets his big, wide, toothless grin and his soundless laugh and really enjoys it.
He's also a big fan of "The Story of the Rose / Heart of my Heart." That's a barbershop quartet standard, and The Wife & I sing it to him all the time, as a lullaby.