Things have been rather hectic around the McConnell household. Both DJ and I have started back to work and Ian has been going to a sitter 3 days a week. I haven't worked since the May before Ian was born, so it's a very big adjustment. Ian has never been to a real sitter. He's always had his mama or a grandmother to watch him, so it's a very new thing for him as well. He seems to be doing just fine. The only issue is that he gets upset when DJ drops him off in the morning. He's in that very clingy stage where he wants only familiar faces. We're hoping it will get better once he gets more accustomed to the sitter. I have to say, I was very nervous about how he would do, especially at nap time. Instead of being read to and rocked to sleep, he would be put in a play pen without either. The sitter has 5 other kids, so rocking him is not an option. It seems to be working though, as Ian is now finally sleeping in his crib again. Ever since the clingy stage started, he would not sleep in his crib and slept with us. As soon as we would try to put him in the crib, he would scream. We tried leaving him and checking every few minutes, but he would not calm down. Plus, I had a hard time leaving him screaming. So, the fact that he's now going to sleep in his own bed is a very big deal. He still gets his stories and rocked a bit, but now we don't have the screaming or if we do, it's only for a minute. Last night he went down without any tears! What a blessing!
Ian is a crawling machine. He is everywhere. He has started trying to conquer the stairs as well, so we're going to have to baby proof them. No walking yet, but it's not too far away. I think he's content with crawling all over the place for now.