Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 28


Weight:
17.5 lbs or so



Health:
Doing great!  The eczema patches are disappearing and she just seems healthy otherwise.




Sleep:
With the hurricane I feel a little off on my dates.  I think some where around mid-week last week, she stopped falling asleep nursing at bed.  I'd place her in the crib (drowsy) like I do at naps, with her pacifier and blankie and she put herself to sleep.  Then one night she kept waking, screaming, and it took an hour of so before getting her to sleep.  Then there was a night somewhere in there where we were up from 12-2.



Last night she fought me going to sleep, she was overtired since I'm trying to push back her bedtime in hopes she doesn't wake so early in the morning, but she slept great.  Only waking at 1 to feed and back to sleep until 5:45.

Our big problem isn't initially falling asleep, it's falling back to sleep.   If she wakes from a nap after 30minutes she's done, she won't go back.  At night, it's the same.  Sometimes she'll eat and fall asleep right away, other times she'll toss and turn for 30minutes before waking herself and fussing and the battle will go on for over an hour before she really falls back.  The books really only seem to cover falling asleep in the first place, not the middle of the night wakings.



Clothes:
6-12, still wearing some 3-6 that I never packed away.



Social:
Well, we didn't make it to the Halloween Party and with the hurricane we've been home bound since Friday.


Diet:
Sweet Potatoes (and milk)!  She loved them!  She's not quite eating 2 ounces, but I'm sure she'll get there quickly as she gets used to solids.  Next up, peas!




Baby Gear Love:
Beaba BabyCook.  I know this baby food maker, or any baby food maker, gets a lot of pros and cons.  Cons usually being use a regular food processor, it's too small to make large batches, etc.  For right now I have no complaints.  Maybe since I'm only feeding her once a day and not even two ounces, I already have days worth of sweet potato nice and frozen and same with the peas.

Beaba Spoons.  Nice soft tip, long handle, cute bright colors, bpa free.




Crying:
The husband suggested we let her cry it out a little when she stirs at night or after her short naps.  After talking with a friend who's 3 month old is sleeping through the night, he thought we should be doing better too.  Well, being that I'm the one who's up when she cries, this sucked.  I might not be doing her many favors getting to her when she starts to fuss, but I know I'm stopping hour long meltdowns from starting.  Once she gets going it's so much harder for her to stop and that's even less sleep for me (not him).  He apologized and said I'm free to do what I want, since I'm the one doing it.



I do think we need to start something, but being that she's a tad inconsistent, I'm going to go a few more days to see if she settles into a better pattern.  If not, I'll go back to official "sleep training".  Right now, what is working for me is working.  It's not what the books suggest or is "ideal", but we both seem happy when not deviating from the cycle.


Mommy:
The hurricane came inland and passed over us.  Thankfully, the force was nothing like what hit the Jersey Shore.  We did have sustained winds of 40-50mph and gusts up to 80 (I believe).  Again, we were lucky to only lose power for less than a minute and didn't have any damage.  The wind was so strong on the back of the house, where A's room is, I decided I'd have her sleep in our room.  I set up the pack n play, but she wasn't having it.  She will 'bedshare' in the mornings from time to time, but this was the 1st night she snuggled in bed with us.  She slept great.  We felt safe sleeping upstairs as we don't have any high trees over our home.



Milestones:
First solids!



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 27



Weight:  
6 Month Official Stats - 17lb 5oz, 24 3/4", and 16.5" head circumference


Health:
Doing great.  She was a tad cranky Monday night after her shots, but otherwise no side effects.

She's been getting a touch of eczema, so our doctor recommended nightly oatmeal baths.  The patches have been getting worse in the last two weeks.  I've tried coconut oil, CJ BUTTer, Earth's Best Extra Rich Cream, and all only provided temporary relief.  Sometimes when the "green" alternatives aren't cutting it and go for the more conventional remedies so I picked up the Aveeno Baby Eczema Relief Oatmeal Bath Wash and Lotion and it's already clearing up.



Sleep:
Getting better!  For naps, I'm now able to put her down in the crib with her pacifier and lovie, turn on the sound machine to classical music and leave.  She'll quietly put herself to sleep.  She still doesn't nap longer than 40-60minutes, but it's improvement.  Since she's been doing this on her own with little "sleep training", I'm hoping the naps will continue to lengthen and I'm not going to push it (yet).

Night sleep isn't great, but better overall.  Bedtime is 6:30-7pm and she stays asleep until about midnight.  Usually she'll wake again after, but a pop of the pacifier and she's good to go.  I usually give two night feedings, but am looking to cut her to one given after midnight and not another until after 6am.



However last night was pretty awesome.  She was asleep from 7-2:30, fed, back down at 3 until 5:30, fed again, up at 6:45.   Can't complain about that!


Clothes: 
6-12


Social:
Saturday we did the pumpkin patch and Sunday we had a friend's 1st Birthday Party.  Although it started at 3:45, which I knew might cause a problem since A is usually crankiest from 4-6pm and normally takes a mini nap somewhere in there.  I call it her 'appetizer nap'.  We get to the play place and she did great for 15 minutes, then either she had enough of the noise, stimulation, overtired, teeth, who knows, had the melt down of all meltdowns.  She wasn't just crying, she was screaming.  I took her outside and she probably could have been heard for blocks and nothing was distracting her.  Since I didn't want to be that mom with the screaming kid, I just went to the car.  She finally settled down, but when I tried to get out to take her back she started again, so we basically skipped the party.  The husband thought it was because she doesn't get out enough - which she doesn't - but she's never had an issue at other friend's houses, birthday parties, or showers we've been too.  Hopefully it was an isolated incident because we have a Halloween party this weekend!



Diet:
Starting solids this weekend!  Planning on making a batch of sweet potatoes to freeze either tonight or tomorrow, so excited!   We also started giving the sippy cup with just a little water in it for her to practice "drinking".  Since we don't really give bottles, I'm looking forward to just passing right over them.  She did great with the cup on the first try, getting it in her mouth and eventually even drinking a little.



Baby Gear Love:
Especially loving my Ergo as I find myself using it almost daily, either when taking out the dogs, getting the mail, just doing some chores, etc.

Also happy with our Dr. Brown's sippy cup, 6 month with a soft tip.


And for toys, A loves her Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop and Sassy Fascination Station.



Crying:
See social, wow.



Mommy Update:
Hair loss is starting to slow down a tad, still losing, but not quite as much.

I also noticed months ago, that I seem to bruise way easier than pre-pregnancy. Any other new mom's notice this??


Milestones:



No major development milestones.  Highlight of the week was the visit to the pumpkin patch!




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[Pinspired] Adorable Homemade Halloween

While Carter's, Old Navy, Children's Place all have cute 'store bought' Halloween costumes for babies and little ones, I thought I'd share some of my favorite creative and handmade finds.




Rockford Peach (A League of their Own)







What are you being for Halloween?

Monday, October 22, 2012

A nice little Saturday

... at the pumpkin patch!

Getting in on the baby's rite of passage into Fall, we took Ashlynn to the pumpkin patch.  We went early to avoid the crowds and while it was gorgeous it was still a tad chilly so we didn't stay too long since A's little cheeks and nose were getting cold.

The Husband took the pictures, finally allowing me to get in a few shots.  He's still a bit of rookie with the dlsr and unlike a lot of other blogs I read, he has zero interest in becoming my personal paparazzo.










Happy Fall Y'All!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

[Recipe Share] Pumpkin Doughnuts

I linked this recipe in my last Dairy Free post, but I made them again last night and they are too good not repost and share separately.



Warning:  These doughnuts require self control. You have been warned!


Recipe Adapted from King Arthur Flour Blog

Ingredients
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1 Can Pumpkin
1 1/2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 3/4 C + 2 Tablespoons Flour
Cinnamon Sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add all ingredients, but flour to mixer and mix until smooth.
Add in flour slowly, mixing until smooth.
Fill greased doughnut pan 3/4 full.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Remove the doughnuts from the oven and after 5 minutes remove from pan and place on cooling rack.
While doughnuts are still warm, place in bag of cinnamon sugar and shake to coat.

yields approximately 18



Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 26

Holy Shizzz you guys, week 26... 26!  As in, half of 52... as in my child will be 6 months tomorrow!


Weight: 
Will find out next week, I guess 16-17ish.

(it's true, so much harder to take pictures when they want to get moving!)


Health:
Doing great, even the teething symptoms seemed to have chilled - outside of the crazy hand chewing and slobber.  The "pain" symptoms don't seem to be acting up.



Sleep:
Getting better!  This whole week she started staying asleep when put down at 7.  She used to wake within an hour to eat again, but now she's falling asleep and staying that one until about midnight when she wakes to eat again.  Midnight snack.


Then she wakes around 3-4 and sleeps to 6ish.  Yesterday, she slept later than I did!  I heard the Husband taking the dogs downstairs and realized it was 6:30 and she wasn't up.  I actually went in and checked on her.  She woke 15 minutes later when the sun came up.  I hope this habit continues for a while.



Naps, while still short, have been easier too.  I seem to always catch her when she's ready and with the classical music on the sound machine she falls right asleep.


Clothes: 
6-12! I moved her up.  Its funny how you think things are fitting fine until you try the next size and see how cozy they look.

Still wearing 3-6 in tops (non-bodysuits) an her little shoes, which are still too big!



Social:
Saturday my mom came down to visit and brought her BFF since 8th grade who flew in from Cali to visit.  It was so great to see my 'Aunt' Wendy and have her meet A.  Sunday we went house hunting and A was a pro!



Diet:
Milk, hopefully starting some solids next week!



Baby Gear Love:
Being a mommy who can't resist spoiling, now that Ashlynn wants to sit all the time I figured she could use some toys that aren't glorified teethers.


I picked up the Fisher Price Musical Activity Walker since it's something that she can play with now while sitting and hopefully in a few months when learning to walk.  And also the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop since they were Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off at Babies R Us.  So far both are hit, even if after about 5 minutes she goes in to eat them.

(no hands!)


Crying:
She's been a pretty good girl, crying when overtired.  No other crazy meltdowns, whew!



Milestones: 


About an hour after I posted last week's update I had A doing some tummy time and she started scooting a bit.  Granted not very far or very fast, but definitely trying to get herself moving forward.  She's also totally mastering spinning in circles or changing direction to grab a toy out of reach.