Its been a few months since i started DD on solids. Sadly i just didnt get around to blogging about it.. i swear im not busy at all with 2 kids at home and the neglected dog. JK. When my DS was starting solids i was so excited to start making him homemade baby food. I LOVED IT. I was cautious, nervous, made things bland and never really strayed from single veg purees. Hes a good eater now at the age of 2. Not great but that could just be him. He's 35 lbs and a tall boy. He's definitely not starving.
Im a bit less cautious this time around.
What I did decide thought is that i will NOT be starting with cereal. Or doing plain cereal at all. If anything i use cereal as a thickener for purees that are too thin. I have always found that cereals (of any kind) cause constipation more then anything else. Yes theres the importance for iron so i will be more diligent on incorporating that into her purees.
Sweet Potato and Quinoa, Peas, lentils and brown rice, Veg or chicken broth...sure why not. In her 1 month of eating she's tried more flavours then my son tried in 3 months. One of her first foods was a french fry. Full form. No mushing.. I THINK she liked it.
Sweet Potato, Kale, Quinoa, Chicken Broth
Im considering doing baby led weening of puree onto regular food in a few mos. Im clueless about it but my good ol friend google and i will make a date.
Starting solids was a hard step for me. Its the first realization that a baby truly needs something MORE then their mother. Ive carried her in me for 9 mos. Laboured with her for 10 hrs (i know.. not long but i was lucky) and Breastfed her for 6 mos. Now she's wanting more then breast milk and will slowly need more solids and less of ..... me. Please dont get me wrong, a formula fed baby is still equally dependant on their mother. A moms main objective is to feed their child. Really doesnt matter which way you choose. Breast, Donor or Formula.
It took me a bit to get my head around her eating solids now, i may have even shed a tear. But look at her. She loves them I got her to the 18.8 Lbs she was pre-solid food, and thats a lot of boob juice.
I'll keep you posted on how our SOLIDS adventure go and am hesitantly excited to start baby led weening.
Yup... there it is.. the face that kills you... the one that when you look at her your heart melts... My DS loves his sister soooo much.. and he we taught him to share so well that he shared his cold with her. What comes with a cold and trouble breathing. Yup!! trouble sleeping. Her diagnosis isn't clear yet. We went to the doc who thought a check up with a Ped at mac would be good. BUT the 5 hr wait just to get out of the waiting room wasnt appealing. The place is a germie bubble. To a baby with a low immune system already, it didnt take me long to get out of there. Keep in mind this would have been my babies first ever visit to a hospital as she was born at home. We left before being seen in 25 minutes. the words RSV were mentioned so i looked it up. Fit her description perfectly and though it can be serious, so can lots of things and i am watching her like a hawk. (NOTE: Im a paramedic and DO NOT ADVISE LEAVING A HOSPITAL FOR ANY REASON. ) I made the choice on my own and will return if i feel things are worse.
Anyways. Back to sleep. Last night this all hit just before bedtime. Runny nose, congestion and drool. She fought her bedtime for the first time in.. well i dont know how long. i checked on her a bit more frequently cause my feelers were out wondering how sick she really was. She wasnt letting up and i could start to hear it in her that she was feeling horrible. Here comes the problem. We have never rocked her to sleep. She loves to cuddle but will stay awake. She stares at us and pets our face, smiles the most heart warming smile ever, but when it comes to falling asleep she arches her back and wants in her crib. Lil Miss Independent likes to do it herself (but thats ok... thats what we have taught her).
my husband and i had to try for almost 2 hours to get her to fall asleep. It ended up that she gave in to being held upright with some patting but it felt like she fought me as long as she could. I kept trying her in her crib but i couldnt stand to leave her and the bum patting and rubbing her back just wasnt helping any.
once asleep we were lucky she did stay asleep till about 5am. I checked her and she had a fever so after some meds she rolled over and slept till morning. This momma didnt sleep though.. waking to check her all night. (while daddy slept)
So what do you do for your baby with a nasty bug. For this situation. i have one end of the crib elevated with a few towels under the mattress (never put a pillow in your babies crib). i have a humidifier in her room with Eucalyptus oil in it (thanks Auntie Ali). Her room smells like a spa. Baby Vicks on her chest and making sure shes hydrated. Hydrated via water overnight IF she needs it. Nourished via milk in the day. Shes gone MONTHS without a feed at night that i know thats not the reason shes waking. Shes waking cause she feels icky and i will gladly cuddle her and make her feel better if i can.
Same goes for all other illness you may encounter with your sleep trained child. When they are sick, they need you. Crying isnt going to make them feel better and it sure wont make you feel better. So comfort them as you should until you know they are back to their normal fun energetic gleefully screaming self.
Once DD is back to her normal self we will go back to out regular routine and I'm confident she will gladly take it back. In the meantime though.. i'll enjoy the snuggles while i can.
So our first Vacation with DD was a bit stressful and led to a bit of regression upon our arrival back home. BUT of course, that didnt make me shy away from going on another trip. This time all 4 of us were traveling together OH BOY. A very active 2 year old and a lil Diva on the plane.. That was honestly the hardest part.
I already knew where we were staying as it was a family apartment So I had a game plan in my head. My DS who was not use to sleeping in a BIG BOY BED was going to have to learn. We arrived at the apartment at nap time with 2 cranky kids. In 20 minutes i had both kids rooms set up. I had bought a black sheet because i knew that the floridian apartment did NOT have any type of darkening in any room. TIP: You know those hangers with the alligator clamps, They are a great tool to hang a sheet on existing window coverings. For his big boy bed to make it safe i grabbed some pillows and put them under the fitted sheet on the bottom and side and pushed the bed against the wall on the other side. He didnt attempt to get out once the whole trip. Im also addicted to my visual monitor so we brought that as well. TIP: 3M hooks are an amazing tool to hang your monitor on the wall while away. pull the sticker off when your trip is over and nothing left on the wall.. ingenious.
Now... My DD... where did she sleep. You may think this is strange..... BUT, she slept in the quiet and dark walk in closet. Large enough for a playpen, baby monitor, rotating fan and white noise. She was asleep for her nap within 5 minutes.
So the big question. How did she do with her sleep this trip. . . . . AMAZING! the first night i was up a half dozen times waiting for her to wake. NOT A PEEP. all her naps and all overnights while away, she did amazing. if she did wake she was up for maybe 5 minutes, found her soother and went back to sleep. Slept in even. She had stroller naps, carseat naps, adjusted naps, and she handled them all amazing. So amazing that i extended my trip with just my DD for 2 extra days.
It was an amazing vacation with my family. the flight home was horrible. I did all i could to help adjust her ears to the pressure but i think she was effected. She cried for a good hour. We were the people getting the stares because of the crying baby. i hid in the washroom for 10 minutes trying to calm her but no luck. She eventually settled after some tylenol and white noise in her ear and slept the last hour of a 2.5 hr flight.
we got home in time for bedtime... again i was worried. but she made me so proud. Slept her 11 hrs overnight like a champ and carried on her next day flawlessly.
What an amazing 2nd trip. We had fun, we were rested and enjoyed each others company so much. Our kids learned so much. My lil guy loved the beach and was a fish in the pool. My DD wasnt allowed in the pool cause she possibly may have peed more then the old folk do in it on a daily basis... but i found a solution for that. The rubber duck for your tub, bought at target $10.... Do you think she liked it?
AND MILESTONES... She turned 6 mos, started solids and by lil baby doll is SITTING on her own!!!!... melt my heart. im such a proud momma enjoying every minute of this journey.
Well... looks like things are FINALLY blowing over. DD is sleeping great (except for the fact that she gets herself wedged in a corner at least once a night). I can handle that though. We are all sleeping better. Phew.. that was a big bump. My milks back up and she's quite content now. Im positive that wasn't the only issue but one of many. She's starting to squeal now and is definitely more verbal. I love hearing her talk to me. We had a mommy daughter day today and she's so happy and back to her normal self. Like my clients tell me they are happy they stuck with it. I am too, though really.. i dont know any other way so i didnt have a choice. Im just glad i covered all my basics and kept on the same path. Really though. We started all this when she was 2 days old. Its the only thing that she knows. I just thought i would give that update and i am very appreciative to all my past clients for all your emails of encouragement. it meant a lot and i am truly great full. Off to wake my lil baby up from her great nap and give her tonn
WOW... my daughter is really teaching me (i think Debbie has set me up). In my last blog i mentioned that DD had a few obstacles to overcome. She learned to roll which caused her to be very frustrated at night and at naps while trying to master this new skill. She loved to sleep with her face smothered in the mattress. LOVELY!! Thats where my sleeplessness started. I kept checking on her because ... i was worried. Rightfully so. I was up hourly and many times had to go move her head to the side. I didnt flip her, that would have been pointless because she needed to figure this out. Second obstacle.. TEETHING. ESH! what a grump! I am truly a believer in amber. My DS has had a necklace on forever. DD has had hers on since 3 mos but its not touching her. Ive stated before and i will again. SHES A DRAMATIC DIVA!. . . Well.. what does all this mean? This means a big sleep hiccup in our home. Ive troubleshooted all that i could. Checked the room temp, double checked her schedule, offered pain relief both homeopathic and tyl/advil, picked Debbie's brain apart, and what does it come down to? Im doing everything right. I have to wait this out. SERIOUSLY... i had a big sigh in thinking how hard we worked to get to here and everything is right, she just needs some time. She is having great naps, but is waking overnight. It changed over a few weeks though which made it even more confusing. She was originally waking because of her rolling skill, then i think it was teething. Then it changed some more and tricked me. I thought she was still having trouble sleeping on her tummy or teething but it was one obstacle blending into another. She's not staying awake long enough for me to have to check on her, but it ranges. Some nights its 1 wake her worst night was 5 wakes. Only one night was her wake longer then 20 min. When a client would tell me that their child was up longer then 20 i would tell them "make sure they are eating enough in the day". So just as i thought i was comfortable in my supply, and that wasn't the issue but all these other things were, i decided to go on a milk boosting marathon. Bring on the water, pumping and fenugreek. I smell like maple syrup (mmmm...) so it must be working.
I have had a few clients where they have had these obstacles, i have yet to see a blend of 3 but leave that up to my DD. Every baby is different (mine is for sure), and as long as i don't change how i react to things i know she will adapt and not be confused. I can now say "i've been there, i've done that" Here's the thing.... I may be a trainer but right now, while doing the training myself, i'm a mom. Even as a trainer i need my reassurance sometimes. My clients have me.. I have Debbie. (SO SO THANKFUL for Debbie)
Email sent to Debbie from myself
"I know we talked. I know I can't do anything. But ur my person and I'm know i shouldn't be but im frustrated. More cause we worked SO HARD. she should be sleeping. She's never woken this much. Even at birth. I've double and triple checked everything. I'll top her up more today after feeds. Her naps are perfect. Very different being on this end the second time around. Glad i have you!!"
Email back to me from Debbie
"I understand how frustrated you are but I can't stress enough that those wakes are normal. As she gets older they will shorten and seem like they r gone. She's not a newborn anymore, she's a baby. This means more alert and aware. Nothing u can do to minimize this other then what u have done. Now u need time Makes it worse cause ur a light sleeper. Please just hang in. You know less then 20 is fine. "
I thought long and hard before posting this as i didn't want people to think "huh, it doesn't work" Thats not the case at ALL!. Our system works, this just proves that sometimes you can do everything right and things can still appear to go wrong. We can think its not going to work or WE are doing something wrong.... but sometimes our babies are just buggers. Plain and Simple. Just give it time.
Its been 3 days since the above email. Im confident she had some great feeds, LOVES to sleep on her tummy now (face to the side), teething we are now going the homeopathic route and last night and she did fantastic. Woke once for a few minutes and back to sleep till her wake up time in the morning. Today same thing. Longer feeds and great naps. Lil trickster is keeping me on my toes. Im HOPING that the light at the end of the LONG tunnel is getting brighter. Im off to bed and hope not to hear from my lil Diva till the morning... Fingers crossed.
Well.... I had mentioned in a past blog i would be taking my DD on a trip with us to the DR... well i learned a whole lot on that trip.. and the biggest one.. sometimes you have no control and have to accept that!... if you know me... that is NOT EASY.
Lets start with a flight that left at 6 am on the day of a time change.. oh ya... cause we need 2 factors in the mix. DD is a light sleeper. I put her to bed at 9 as normal. had everything ready. Car seat in her room. Car packed. Last thing we did was put her in the car seat to go. Of course as soon as i walked in the room she looked at me as if to say "lets go mom, im excited." she stayed up the WHOLE 1 hr drive, the WHOLE 1 hr it took to check our luggage and finally fell asleep on the walk to our terminal for 45 min.. thats it. My anxiety started already it wasn't even 7 am yet. At least she fell asleep after nursing on take off and fell asleep for 2 hrs in my arms. I bought this great contraption called a flye baby to use on the plane. But i wasnt allowed to use it which was frustrating. She's a heavy baby to hold for 2 hrs, but i did. She did wake after 2 hrs. We were able to keep her happy till we landed 1.5 hrs later. Then came the 45 min bus ride.. that she slept on. By this point i was so confused as to if it was time to eat or sleep or what. (i was also exhausted) Of course we couldnt check in till 3. Somehow, she fell back into her schedule through the day and we put her to bed in our hotel room in a crib at her normal bedtime after a bath and bed routine at 9pm as normal. Now she had been sleeping through the night for us for almost 2 weeks at home... i expected a hiccup. At 6am.. Hiccup. she was up. fuss fuss fuss Normally at home its easy.. turn the monitor down and let her fuss. But since im a light sleeper so i was basically up and at 7 am (an hour before i should have) i fed her and started the day.
It would take a good hour for me to write how the whole week went. We eventually fell into our own routine backwards somehow. Short morning nap. 2 hr nap on the beach (cant complain there) and 2 hr nap in our room for "Siesta" which again, we didnt mind since we would grab a nap/ shower and be ready for diner.
Now if you have ever been on a trip with a group of 30, going to your room at a decent hour is not really the plan. My husband and i didnt really want to take turns going to bed early, we wanted to enjoy some time ourselves with our friends and without our running toddler. SO.. we brought along her pj and i fed her where ever we were (LOTS of N.I.P. but covered of course) and walked her around in her stroller. Out like a light. We rarely went back to the room before 12 and she did well. Our nights remained off with at least one wake up that took a while to get her to go back to sleep (or so it seemed long... no working clock in the room) but the days became consistent. We even did a day excursion hike to a waterfall... OMG. what was i thinking.... i was given props for making parenting look like a breeze as i didnt let anything stop me. BUT i have to tell you... I WAS EXHAUSTED! It was a ~6k hike. After the first 1/4 kM with DD Strapped to me with a carrier (asleep) and almost losing my balance many times on steep hill and wet rocks. i bailed out and decided to go HORSEBACK!!! yes you read that right.. DD at 4 mos old (on her 4 mo bday actually) rode horseback. BUT only for maybe 2.5 kms. I had to do the last bit of the hike on foot. The waterfall was too big to take her close to (not as i pictured it) so we hung out. She had a big feed in the rainforest and it was interesting because the local ladies were impressed. It was hot and i decided to not cover up with my cover and they were all looking at me and smiling. One told me that it was nice to see a mom nursing naturally as they do there. We had a nice chat. They dont have any covers as we do at home. Even covered at home i get stared at. I dont get it. Im feeding my child, one of the most natural things a woman can do. But in the DR they get it and it was great. Honestly my fav moment of the trip. Then i expected to jump back on my horse. NOPE.. that was it for the horse. BUT they told me it was only a 20 min walk back to the bus. WHATEVER. 1.5 hrs later. through rivers, streams, rushing water, up hills, down hills, through mud and now at 1pm in the blistering sun. Lets say my patience was thin. My baby was hot and though she did amazing. That was enough. Needless to say. We stayed on the resort after that until the wedding. Again.. She did great. No schedule followed, and again we somehow picked back up to normal.
The rest of the week stayed pretty much the same. i thought i was starting to adapt but still found myself a little panicked and texting debbie about silly stuff i knew i had no control over. By day 6 i was ready to come home and get back to our normal routine. I have to add..... A TEETHING BABY WHO IS LEARNING TO ROLL ON VACATION... Come on. really. Yup. Just one more thing to add.
Our flight home was at 1130pm. HORRID. we got a late check out and she did well on the flight. The plane wasnt full and though she slept from 8pm-1130. She woke on take off and was up for an hour. She finally fell asleep and since the plane wasnt full we were able to lay her down between us and get some rest ourselves.
She stayed awake when we departed the plane right till we got home at 4am. THEN SLEPT TILL 8am. Home sweet home. Our 1st 2 days we stayed home. it was tough. i needed to get her back on her routine. Its now a week later we have FINALLY gotten our 11 hrs overnight back and 3 great naps. The only training im doing now is if she rolls over. I had a few obstacles in my way on my return and i really think they would have happened even if i was home. Teething and rolling both effect sleep, so the poor babe had quite a bit to overcome. Im a very proud momma though. Because shes doing great.
What did i learn on this trip. Sometimes. As much as you want to, You can't plan whats going to happen. So you can roll with it and enjoy or stress about it. I found myself somewhere in between. It was a great trip and we really got to learn so much about our lil baby girl. Shes amazing. What a personality and she was adored by all of our friends.
My 2 year old stayed with my mom. He did AMAZING. slept 11-11.5 hrs a night and 3 hrs a day. FLAWLESS!!! He didnt miss us, just his sister. We are going away again in Jan.
Im so happy to be home though
Well .... its been 5 full nights since we turned our nurturing into training.
Night 3 she woke up around 6 am and we needed to train for about 25 minutes. Then she slept till 8. The past 2 nights however. NOT A PEEP. Ive been waking her up at 8am. She was still on a 10pm bedtime but she just was having nothing to do with that. So with Debbie's help we have tweaked a schedule that works in having her take 2 hr naps but since she cant handle a 2 hr awake time yet. We have altered it for her. Shes wanting bedtime earlier then 10. So tonight we are trying 930 out. and if she aces it (as i am confident she will) we will do a 9pm bedtime tomorrow. Its later then most families do kids bedtimes. BUT it works with our family life. She sleeps till 8am same as my 2 yr old son. Our feeding routine has had to be altered a bit because shes loosing a nap. That makes me feel empty all the time so im on a milk boosting mission. Pump, feed, Lactaid and water.... BRING IT ON!!
Naps have been great. The odd one we have had to train. But seriously... the girl giggles when i put her in her crib... she LOVES to sleep.
Today was our first nap on the go.. not so great.. but hey... i needed to get some things for our upcoming vacation with her. ONE WEEK WITHOUT MY SON... Ekkk... anxiety is starting to kick in... what am i going to do for a week with no one to chase... go nuts im sure. I'll finally relax right when its time to come home.
alright... its 1130pm... i gotta
Well.. its morning.. AND....
SHE SLEPT RIGHT THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!!!!
6am - I hear a noise. It's DD. a one min squeak, rolled onto her side. Asleep!!
730am- the dog woke me up. Not my kids... My dog!!!
8am!!! Time to get the whole RESTED family up for the day!! That's it. She did it. Not only did she do it. She aced it!!! I'm so proud. She's so full of smiles. She knows. Literally i'm doing happy dances with her and my son!!
Nap 1 day 2
Full nap. Not a peep. We woke her up at the end
Nap 2 day 2.
Full nap. Not a peep. We woke her up at the end
Don't get me wrong. She will have bad naps. I know that. But sleep nurturing her paved the path to where we are now. A bump in the road was removing the swaddle. We are over it. There's more bumps ahead. Like the vacation we are going on in a few weeks with just her and not DS. That will be a blog on its own. New space. Travel on the day of a time change. A plane that leaves at 6am and returns at 1130pm landing at 2am.
She will do great. I know that. She will adapt. She will need us to help her. But I gladly will.
I can't believe the training day came and went. My newborns now a baby. A beautiful happy smiling chubby baby.
Nap 3 day 3.
Full nap again. i had to wake her up
Nap 4... the same as the rest!!.
16 weeks of working together with her. nurturing her to good sleep. Teaching her good habits. Not bad ones. She falls asleep on her own. No rocking no bouncing. NOTHING. Dont get me wrong. I do hold her a bit from time to time. Just to look at her. To stare at her. To have her look at me with her BIG beautiful eyes, AND SMILE! Even if she dozes off she always wakes during transfer and doesn't fuss at all when i put her down.
Tonight i started her feed a bit early cause she was so sleepy (ya slept all day and sleepy) and we just stared at each other. I was so in a zone that i mixed up her routine. i forgot to put her sleep sac on. So i put her in her crib awake and slipped it on her. I gave her her soother and she looked at me. I kissed her face and said "Mommy loves you. Im so proud to be your mommy". She spit out her soother smiled a big toothless smile and squeaked joy. As i walked out of her room i literally had tea
Here we go. Its training day. We had a great day naps were perfect. She was still swaddled. Its time to get rid of the swaddle shes rolling onto her side and im just scared of her rolling right over. So its time!
Shes been sleeping through without food for at least 5-6 weeks. Her big obstacle to overcome is going to be her hands. She is always sucking on her hands. I dont mean her thumb i mean both hands clenched together sucking on them for dear life!!!
As it was approaching 9pm i was starting to get a knot in my stomach. I instinctively texted Debbie. "Great!! im nervous!!!" her reply "She will do great!". I know, I know. But Debbie hates crying just as much as I do. Whenever shes over and DD lets out a 2 sec cry she says" Oh no, Shes crying" to which i reply, "i know, Shes ok" but just like me. We both don't like to hear babies cry. We just know how great the end outcome is.
Well bedtime is now here. Bath, Massage, PJ's, Sleep sac and feed.
10:04 - Hug kiss and with butterflies in my tummy. I placed her in her crib. She's just staring around like "what is going on here?"
10:08 - sucking on her hands like mad. just as i predicted. Seriously. I can hear the sucking from my room across the hall lol.
10:20 - the cry here we go! .... or not... or yes.. or no... (this continued for 10 minutes)
10:30 - I was on the phone with a client so DH did the first check. Offered her her soother.
10:33 - ASLEEP!!!
Not bad.. Lets see if she wakes through the night. If she does... while im waiting .. i'll be blogging. For those of you that have done the training.... We will be starting session 2!!! Im less nervous now. This chicky's gonna rock it!
Make mommy proud baby girl!
12:25 - she's up…. and yelling for us. Arms flailing, legs kicking.
12:35 - silence. i was about to get out of bed and go check on her. BUT her arms are by her side and she's still..... she's asleep!!! i didnt have to go in!!! YAY!!!
good night.. Im going back to sleep!
1:23 up and yelling off and on.
1:40 Session 2 check. (Theres a big span cause she wasnt crying consistent. it was very off and on. I gave he her soother now and she's gone back to sleep almost instantly
OH BOY!!! here we go!!
2:10 Shes up again Session 3 starting
2:25 - i go in to check on her. still not Crying... just yelling LOUDLY. (but not loud enough to wake DH… )
2:55- yup... still up. (im pooped) gotta tire herself out soon. With the amount of kicking and flailing shes doing. Im wanting my swaddle back at this point. BUT no turning back or the above would all be pointless.
3:00 she may be running out of steam.... maybe .. nope. Go figure my child have this much stamina.
310-asleep. With her hand in her mouth.
350 rolled onto her side and somehow got her soother into her mouth. But not asleep.
400 still up on her side. Trying to roll onto her tummy which just makes me nervous.
410: ASLEEP! She keeps jolting bc she's starting to roll onto her back.
Fingers crossed cause I'm exhausted. I didn't anticipate this.
430. Awake poor thing just doesn't know what to do. Wants to sleep on her side but keeps rolling back. I feel for her cause when I go in to see her she holds my hands as if saying. "What the heck do I do with these things" (from now till the next check not too sure what was happening as i was dozing)
600- asleep on her side
8am. Awake, happy and ready to start her day!! Momma however... Is ready for a nap. In changing her i noticed she was kicking so much she literally kicked out of her PJ. I called Debbie in the morning to give her an update. Even myself as a trainer likes knowing i have support and hearing the things i know. Even as a medic. I can help others but sometimes when it comes to treating/helping yourself and your family its good to hear your own advice from someone else. She reminded me that her night was normal. I really did think she was going to breeze through and i didn't expect she would be up as much. BUT its a big milestone she has hit. Rolling. Its her first of many and i know as much as i would love to keep her swaddled more that the training is what needs to be done to keep her safe. What i did like though is that the times i did check on her. There were never tears. She was never crying. She was frustrated that her arms didn't stay still and when i went in to see her she didn't ever cry louder when i left. A big difference when i did the training without nurturing my son.
Nap 1 day 1
I've kicked DH &DS out to go watch trains in the hopes of a good nap for both DD and I.
So... We have done our routine. I'm currently feeding. She had a great morning even though her night was rough. Nice big feed and she's out!!! Time 10:05
1035-30 minutes into her nap. She's awake. Now we wait. Lets see what she can do.
10:55 - 20 minutes later. Im going in to check on her and offer her her soother.
11:00 - the soother falls out, but no crying.
11:03 - She's asleep. Startling herself a lot but falling back to sleep on her own.
11:15 - awake again. Poor thing. She's so annoyed! AHA! she found her hands. Fingers crossed. Mine not hers!
11:20 (her 3/4 mark) her hands soothed her back to sleep.. . . The amount of jolting is unreal. (I'm a subscriber to the summer infant video monitor channel. i watch it non stop. lol) Its amazing to watch her sleep and cycles. It also shows me just how important the swaddle was. She was able to learn how to soothe herself without having to worry about her hands. Now she can use her skill to help her through this milestone. She's literally jolting every minute. BUT its 11:27 and she hasn't cried. she's doing great! She's ASLEEP
1145-We have reached the end of her nap time. But since she didn't nap much I'm giving her a little extension and will definitely be making a big deal about her making it to the end of her nap.
TIME TO WAKE HER UP!!!! YAY BABY GIRL! - - All smiles and happy!
Nap 2 Day 1
Nap routine done. She's in her crib asleep. I'm hoping to be able to take a good nap myself. I hope. Her lil hands started curled up by her face and have slowly slid down by her sides. Good luck baby girl I know u can do it!!
WOOT WOOT!! 2hrs… not a peep!!!
Nap 3 Day 1
Routine/feed/crib -drumroll. Asleep. That's my girl!!
30 min in and she's up. A little fuss and she's sucking on her hands. Trying so hard...
After 20 minutes of fussing and tries to roll over and failed attempts to stay asleep. She's finally asleep. 20 more minutes to make it to her nap minimum. It was a struggle for her. But she made it.
Nap 4 Day 1
Routine/feed. In bed. Milk drunk. - - She made it to her minimum
Bedtime night 2
In bed asleep as normal. No crying tonight. Arms spread out… fingers crossed. I KNOW SHE CAN DO IT!!
Here we go. DD is 14 weeks old. 3 nights ago we put DD to bed to bed at 930pm instead of the 10pm that she has been use to since birth. She did great except for the fact that she didn't want to nurse much before bed. Being the big chunker that she is, i didn't push the issue as it was making her very angry. She went to sleep on her own as normal (its funny, or not but this lil girl NEEDS to be put down to go to sleep. She doesn't like being held to sleep at all.) and slept great. UNTIL 5am. Lil babe was doing great 4 nights sleeping straight 10p-7a and of course she wakes. I waited to go in and check on her, offered her soother and left. Sadly we needed to go in for another check. This time DH did it. Its comical because DH is a VERY sound sleeper. Doesn't hear DD shout through the night (i say shout because she doesnt cry for us. Theres never tears. She just yells to let us know shes up.) but always AFTER ive already gone in and checked on her, he gets up and goes towards her room. I laugh at him and tell him. i just left a minute ago. "ugh..." and he comes back to bed knowing he has to wait another 4 minutes. In that time. He falls asleep and guess who has to get up again. Yup.. me. Doesnt really matter cause i end up watching her in the monitor anyway. In the morning when he wakes up he says to me "oh yay, she fell asleep and we didn't have to get up" I just shake my head. lol. Anyways. we went into her room twice and she was back asleep till i woke her at 7am. Happy as a lamb. SUCCESS!!!!
Last night she was successful again. 930-7 (in fact she slept in till i woke her at 720 because we all over slept. Oups) She did wake around 6 but it was barely a fuss and she was asleep in a minute or so.
Tonight we are moving again. 9pm BEDTIME. I didnt know what to do with myself after both kids were in bed. SO im blogging.
DD is still swaddled and in a sleep positioner (she's a side sleeper). Was AMAZING for her up until now. And still is. I know i need to get her into her bed without both. She is starting to roll and its not safe for her to be swaddled if she rolls. Right now with the positioner its hard for her to roll but the time is near. In fact TRAINING Day starts next sunday, Oct 21st. A week early as she wont be 16 weeks, which is when we recommend training. She will be 15 weeks but I feel comfortable and confident in her. The swaddle comes off and the positioner will be ditched and thats going to be a bit of an adaptation for her. I know she will startle herself awake and we will have to change from nurturing to training BUT i really believe that since this is what she knows it will go great. I have full faith in her. Our goal bedtime is 8pm.
MY GOSH... where did the time go. shes so big, so beautiful and a joy to be with. She's an amazing sleeper and i owe it all to the sleep system i have been taught. It was hard work. BUT in a few weeks we will have reached our goal 11 hrs of overnight sleep 3 great naps a day and a well rested family. Cant ask for much more then that. And honestly, It was easier then i ever thought. It had big bumps in the road, and there will still be a few ahead but no where close to the horrible gravel dirt road i was on with my DS at the same age shes at.
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