It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my slim-down goals. So here I am. Fortunately the weather has been nice this week and Parker and I, along with the dog have been able to get out and enjoy son nice walks around the loop. Dan is back to traveling throughout the week, so I haven’t been able to visit the gym in a while. Over the last month I’ve been able to loose about 4-5 lbs (four on a bad day, five on a good) and squeeze myself back into my old jeans! Yay! That was a great accomplishment, although far from my goals I have set. However, I’m still happy that at least I’ve made some progress. I’ve found that I can burn quite a few calories just doing housework. Which, I never got too much into while I was working full time since we had the help of a cleaning crew. In fact, I’m seeing just how much I can work up a sweat by scrubbing the shower and moping the floors and pushing the vac. Ahhh…the life of a stay at home mama. Who knew? All those peeps that thought we just watched our soaps and did carpool….Puleeez. Just wait until little Parker becomes mobile and is crawling all over the place. That’ll be a workout in itself.
I’ve been looking into some things that Parker and I can do together that would be fun, and started looking into the Oh Baby Fitness to see about enrolling in a few of their classes. They’re not cheap, but it may be fun to do a few times just to change up the week a little bit. Since it’s wintertime and the weather isn’t always nice, we have to come up with some new ideas. I’ve also found that the more I stay busy with either chores or activities outside the home, the less I’m “snacking” and making poor diet choices. I also have more chance of walking more throughout the day and being active instead of staying indoors and playing on the playmat with Parker. I’ve also heard that Gymboree has Play and Learn classes. Has anyone been to any of these? They sound like a lot of fun. I’m so excited about the days ahead with my little boy!
With holidays and family visiting I have to say that the sleepy low down is that he wouldn’t go down. Well, let me rephrase by saying, he refused to go down for naps. Fighting them to be exact. Among all of the excitement of Christmas, family visiting, unfamiliar places, and throw in a three month growth spurt and low milk supply and you have a baby on sleep boycott! I think after things calmed down a bit, I had real high expectations that things would get back to normal in no time, but sadly they didn’t. The naps are back to normal. He’s taking two 1hr45min naps and one catnap in the evening. He’s been doing great with them, but he’s been going through the typical four month sleep regression at night. It’s crazy to think that after about a month and a half of sleeping through the night, that he would start to wake several times a night for no apparent reason. The first thing that went through my mind is “what did I do wrong?” “Is he hungry? Newly aware of surroundings? Teething? Ear ache? Separation anxiety? Is he off his schedule? Too attached to his paci?” I went down the list, and did quite a few trial and errors to see if we could get him to sleep longer. We’re still working through some of those now. Right now I’m trying to focus on the things that I can control. I can control his feedings, when he goes to bed, and how I respond to him when he cries. Lately I’ve been feeding him about 8x a day. That way, when he does wake up at night…I know, it’s not because he’s hungry (unless he’s going through another growth spurt!). We adjusted his bedtime to earlier so that he’s not overtired and gets only two hours of awake time from his last nap to his bedtime. We also are implementing the Ferber method, letting him fuss for 6-7 mins, listening to his cry to make sure it’s a mantra cry and not a “I really need you” cry. I use to cringe at the thought of the Ferber method but the more I read about it, I find that he doesn’t advocate letting the baby cry for hours. Also, this is the method that a lot of pediatricians recommend once the child is old enough (between 4-6 months) to self soothe. We also have the benefit of watching the video monitor to make sure that everything is okay. We originally thought he was becoming too paci dependant, but after letting him fuss a few nights when he woke up, after less than three mins of fussing he fell back to sleep without his paci, so there goes that theory. He likes to have it to fall asleep, but he has proven to us numerous times that he will do just fine without it. I stumbled upon this site and found it reassuring when I find myself kicking myself for things not going perfectly: http://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/baby-wont-sleep-your-fault/
The perfectionist in me wants everything to just fall into place so I can have the perfect little sleeping baby who is attentive, happy and playful when awake, and sleeps long and well during bedtime, but when I examine it a little closer I start to realize that just like anything, it’s not going to be perfect. I don’t sleep well every night. I’m not always happy and attentive during my awake times. I have my “days”… and in no way does this reflect what kind of Mom I am either. I need to trust that God will work this out… and learn to relax and let it go and take it one day at a time. Hopefully through the trials and errors, we will ease into something that works just right for us.