Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Talmage is getting to be a pretty good sleeper...as long as we keep him awake in the evenings! He has been really alert since his birth, and now he only sleeps for about 3-5 hours during the day. We try to keep him awake from 5pm to 10pm, because otherwise he is wide awake when it is time for bed. I think sleeping pictures are just precious. Here are some of our favorites!
Okay, so he's not exactly sleeping here, but his giant toothless hippo yawn is still cute!
This is his absolute favorite position. If he is having trouble sleeping, I can put him in this position and he will almost always be asleep within a few minutes. Interestingly, this is also his cousin Peter's favorite position! (He is just 16 days older than Talmage.)
Sometimes he picks more interesting positions...
Talmage really likes his daily tummy time. But if it's close to nap time, he usually ends up like this:
The "Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play" campaign, which drastically reduces SIDS, prevents me from putting him to sleep on his tummy, but he would probably sleep more at night if I did!
Another point of interest:  Talmage has a hysterical routine he often does when he is trying not to fall asleep. I have yet to catch it on camera, but I hope to one of these days! His eyes roll into the back of his head, then to the side, then down, then to the other side. They will flutter open and shut, and then he will give an enormous grin and repeat the routine. It never ceases to make me laugh. This morning he was doing it, and he started chuckling! I'll keep on trying to catch it on camera so you all can enjoy it as much as we do. :)


  1. For many years, Sam's younger brother Joseph did exactly the same "eye roll" routine when he was falling asleep. When he was two or three years old, I had the idea of very gently holding the tip of my index finger over his eyelids, one eyelid at a time. Within a few seconds, he was always sound asleep with no further rolling or fluttering of the eyes.

    All of the pictures are incredibly wonderful. Thanks for documenting the miracle that is life!

    Talmage's thick-soled new shoes make me think that he's anxious to get out there and tract his investigators! In some countries, missionaries wear shoes with very thick soles because it's hard to replace them in American sizes.

    Grandpa Brady

  2. Yep - that's totally the baby position. Peter likes to ride in the baby carrier on my front too; he sleeps great that way. I feel like I'm still pregnant all the time, but whatever works, eh? I just wish he would stay asleep when I put him down...

  3. Also, what exactly does Talmage do during Tummy Time - Peter thinks it's about the most boring thing on the face of the planet. Well, right after riding in his stroller with a blanket draped over the top to keep the wind out.

  4. Haha, hopefully the baby carrier doesn't make you throw up 14 times per day, Chicken Dust! As for Tummy Time, if things are going well he will lift his head up and look around and kick his legs so much he ends up either scooting or rotating. Sometimes he gets mad, but that's actually kind of good because all the flailing is good for their upper body muscles! :)

  5. Sounds ... thrilling. Peter thinks there are much better things to look at above foot level, so he prefers feet time. He gets enough "Tummy Time" on my tummy to help out with the muscle strength, I think.

    Also, is it just the lighting, or Talmage's hair getting lighter? Maybe his head's growing faster than his hair? I'm not sure.

  6. I think it is getting lighter...but it is also the lighting. The bottom picture is the most recent. Yeah, I guess Tummy Time isn't the most exciting thing. Mostly I think it just makes Talmage's very, very gassy/sick stomach feel better. :)

  7. I forget how little they are when they are new. I was looking over your blog and he is so little. I wish mine was still that small but it is sure fun to watch them grow. What a cutie. Congratulations. Feel free to come on over and look at my blog. It is busy but kinda fun to see what others are doing. :)


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